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Star Wars: meet the monkey who might have played Yoda

Photos have been released of the original plan for the character of Yoda: a monkey in a mask<p>• Star Wars pet clothing range revealed • Yoda rumoured for spin off Star Wars movie<p>As ill-judged Star Wars ideas go, it's up there with the purple lightsaber – though might have some way to go before it can …

Martin Lewis: 10 things about work, life and money your child should know

Most youngsters leave education knowing little about the grown-up worlds of work and money. Here are the key tips Martin Lewis would give to his younger self<p>If only I'd known 20 years ago… to throw every spare penny at Google shares, to lambast Gordon Brown's irresponsible trill that boom and bust …

Barack Obama awards Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey with medal of freedom

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World Cup 2014: from Spain to Algeria via England – ranking the 32 finalists

Jonathan Wilson and Michael Cox rate the 32 World Cup finalists for Brazil after Uruguay become the final team to qualify<p>Uruguay become the 32nd and last team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup late on Wednesday night, so we asked Jonathan Wilson and Michael Cox to rate the finalists with only 15 …

How Michael Jackson's Thriller changed music videos for ever

The John Landis-directed mini-movie – first shown publicly 30 years ago this week – influenced a generation of directors including Spike Jonze, turned music promos into an industry, and established MTV as a cultural force<p>Michael Jackson - Thriller on MUZU.TV.<p>John Landis was in London in 1983 when …

Boeing 747 jumbo jet mistakenly lands at small Kansas airport

Plane was due to land at nearby air force base where it was to deliver parts for the company’s famed new 787 Dreamliner<p>The pilot of a cargo-hauling jumbo jet mistakenly landed the Boeing 747 at a small Kansas airport instead of the Air Force base a few miles away where he was supposed to set the …

Spanish government drafts strict anti-protest laws

Opposition and activists criticise plan to introduce steep fines for activists who take part in unauthorised protests<p>Spain's ruling People's party has drafted strict new laws against public protests, in a move denounced by the opposition as a blow to democracy.<p>The legislation, expected to be …

Green groups stage walk-out after 'lack of progress' at UN climate talks

Several major environmental groups, including Greenpeace and WWF, have walked out of UN climate talks in Warsaw.<p>They say there is too little progress on a deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions.<p>Colin Rees, a delegate from Sustain US, said they now want to raise awareness of how serious it is if no …

Xbox One: hands-on review - video

Guardian games editor Keith Stuart and games writer and producer Cara Ellison get to grips with Microsoft's next-gen machine, putting the interface, controller and Kinect through their paces. But are there privacy issues with sharing so much personal data – and can Cara really get a baby chimpanzee …

Germany's Angela Merkel accepts likelihood of national minimum wage

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has made it clear that a minimum wage is likely to be introduced.<p>Although Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) have long opposed such a measure – the Social Democrats (SPD) are committed to the introduction of a base rate of 8.50 euros per hour.<p>Coalition talks are …

Gaza's lion cubs die just three days after birth

The first lion cubs ever to be born in Gaza have died just days after their arrival sparked a rare wave of celebration in the Palestinian territory<p>Two lion cubs born in Gaza this week have died just days after their arrival was greeted with fanfare that saw them being named after last year's war …

London to have 24-hour Tube service at weekends

A raft of plans for London Underground will see 750 jobs cut<p>The London Underground is to run a regular 24-hour Tube service at weekends for the first time in the capital’s history, it was announced.<p>From 2015, passengers will be able to take the Tube home at any hour of the night on Fridays and …

Gamma-ray burst brightest ever seen

<b>A cosmic explosion caused by the death of a massive star has been analysed by scientists.</b><p>The blast of radiation, called a gamma-ray burst, was spotted earlier this year by space-based telescopes and has been confirmed as the brightest ever seen.<p>Researchers believe the distant star was about 20-30 …

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British firm plans 'humane' housing for Qatar World Cup migrant labourers

Quantex Qatar in joint venture to improve often dire conditions of migrants working on projects for 2022 tournament<p>British experts are to help build a new generation of "humane" homes for more than 50,000 migrant construction workers in Qatar in the wake of a international outrage at dire living …

China: police no longer allowed to use torture to get confessions

China’s supreme court has issued a document saying officials must no longer use torture to extract confessions from suspects.<p>It specified that using “extreme heat, freezing, starving, heat branding or extreme exhaustion” to extract confessions were illegal.<p>The document also states judges can only …

Three women 'held as slaves' in south London

Three "highly traumatised" women are alleged to have been held against their will for 30 years - with one born in captivity<p>• <b>South London slave investigation: live coverage</b><br>• <b>The daring operation to free the slaves of Lambeth</b><br>•<p>A woman who was born into captivity and allowed no contact with the outside …