Charity calls for pacemakers to be removed from dead patients and reused

Pace4Life say thousands of the life-saving devices are thrown away each year, when they could be used to treat patients in the developing world

TV Review: EastEnders, BBC1

David Wicks (Michael French) was in particularly good form on EastEnders last night, delivering a masterclass in menace.

The 10 Best Eco toys

Give your children an early lesson in values with this pick of educational and environmentally friendly playthings

Despite the obvious passion of many fans, is Wembley always the best environment for the national team?

Comment: Wembley is not a home ground for England – it’s a handicap

Which constituency does the great temple beneath the arch serve? 

iPhone 5s: Apple fanboys get their mitts on the latest models...or do they?

After BBC anchor Simon McCoy picked up a pack of printer paper instead of his iPad, hordes of eager Apple fans fell into the same trap! D'oh!

Are your parents planning on nicking your bedroom? Probably...

From walk-in wardrobes to guest bedrooms - 76 per cent of new students' parents have grand designs for their kids' rooms

New homes should have bin stores, says Eric Pickles

New homes should be built with storage areas for wheelie bins to end the scourge of “bin-blighted” streets in England, the Communities Secretary has said.

Homeless man dies from ‘catastrophic injuries’ after bin he was sleeping in is taken to recycling plant

Ranjit Singh’s body was discovered among piles of rubbish

Firefighters tackle a fire at the recycling plant J&A Young in Birmingham

Lanterns are a 'threat to life': senior MP speaks out following the biggest fire ever seen at a West Midlands factory

Calls for a ban on Chinese lanterns are made after one is understood to have started a fire causing £6million in damage

Festival-goers leave Glastonbury Festival as the clean up begins

Glastonbury 2013: The big clean-up in numbers

As thousands of Glastonbury festival-goers pack up their tents today they will wade through fields of litter, not mud.

Anger at Monmouthshire council limits on rubbish bags

Plans by a Welsh council to restrict the amount of rubbish to be collected to two sacks per fortnight have provoked anger, with more than 1,000 people signing a petition opposing the limit.

Refuse collectors to go on strike in Green Party controlled council

Refuse and recycling workers at a Green Party controlled council will launch a week-long strike over pay tomorrow, causing collections to be suspended.

The Maflow car component plant, in Trezzano sul Naviglio, on the outskirts of Milan, crashed with €300m debts in 2009, shedding all but 80 of its 320 staff

How being laid off paid off for Italian car workers

In the face of a seemingly never-ending recession, a group of Italian workers is attempting to reassume control of its own destiny by occupying the factory that laid them off – in order to start their own business.

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The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

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Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

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Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

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Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
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Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

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