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Beware of the jovial buffoon who picks fights overseas

Never mistake Boris for Falstaff. He is Prince Hal.

My shameful failure to live up to the spirit of Christmas

Beggars have mothers too. And what did it matter if he didn’t. I had wronged him

A pill for obesity is a step closer, with two separate studies showing that it may be possible to influence the body’s tendency to build up damaging fat deposits beneath the skin

Being fat is the last social taboo. It is the actual elephant in the room

But would you be willing to wag your finger at an obese friend?

The traditional Boxing Day hunt in Lacock

For foxes' sake: Don't let the bloody tradition of the Boxing Day hunt return

If some Tory MPs got their way then foxes being ripped apart for fun could soon become legal once again

Letter from the Deputy Editor: i’s Review of the Year

Christmas is done. The presents have been wrapped and opened, then treasured or discarded. The tu.....

RIP Voicemail?

Voicemail has got me out of some tight corners, so let's not abandon it

Why do young people have so much antipathy towards leaving a message?

A sculpture illustrating the WW1 Christmas Truce football match in Liverpool

It's been 100 years since the Christmas Truce, but football is still changing the world

Whether it's a simple kickabout or a high-stakes match watched around the world, football's ability to bring people together is inspiring

In 1215 the Magna Carta forced the English King (at the time King John) to respect the laws of the land and guaranteed rights and protections to his subjects

Magna Carta will be 800 years old next year – the perfect reminder of the rights and freedoms we must hold dear

Accountability was a central theme of the great tract of 1215 – and it still is today

David Cameron and George Osborne tour building works at Manchester's Victoria Railway Station

There’s more to the Tories caring about the North of England than meets the eye

This is as much about the region resourcing itself than about enjoying central government largesse

at 28, Austria's Sebastian Kurz is the youngest foreign minister in the EU

World leaders in their 30s? Change is in the air and we’d better get used to it

A new generation is shaking up the way politics is conducted

Australian rapper Iggy Azalea performs in California

Hip hop is both racial and political, and for Iggy Azalea to suggest otherwise is insulting

Lyrics about cultural appropriation aren’t as fun to dance to as ones about ass-clapping

Allow me to cast one or two doubts on the official Sony explanation for cancelling The Interview

Call me mad, but it's worth asking: could this be a brilliantly orchestrated publicity campaign?

David Cameron and Boris Johnson celebrate Great Britain's Olympic athletes during a 2012 parade

As someone who's also autistic, the response to Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's panic attack has horrified me

It's easy for the media to jump to conclusions rather than looking into the terrifying world of mental health problems

The Iranian Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

We must fight Isis in Iraq — but not with the help of the malicious and mercenary Iran

Iran's religious fundamentalism is just as destructive as Isis's, yet the US has let it quickly take hold of the country

A family enjoys a hearty Christmas dinner

Don’t like my family’s Christmas rituals? Well tough!

From the games we play to the food we eat, we all have our festive idiosyncrasies. And they’re what make us who we are

Mark Wood, 44, died of starvation after his benefits were cut to £40 a week

Benefit cuts are already being blamed for the deaths of many vulnerable people, but there could be 60 more that we never hear about

The Government are still weighing up whether their reviews into benefits-related deaths are in the "public interest"

CCTV footage of Charlotte Bevan before her death

Delusions, hallucinations and suicidal thoughts — this is the reality of pregnancy for many women, but it doesn't have to be

Almost half of all cases of mental illness among pregnant women are going undetected, in a crisis that’s costing the UK £8.1bn every year

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