Study shows Christian ‘martyrs’ doubled worldwide
At least two thousand Christians were killed for their faith last year, double the number in 2012. Why does ‘medieval’ religious slaughter still happen in the the modern world?
Archbishop: Christmas materialism ‘spoils life’
With six weeks until Christmas, the first salvos in the seasonal advertising war have been fired. But does the pressure to spend money on a perfect Christmas make families ‘miserable’?
Reforming pope attacks ‘inward looking’ Vatican
Since becoming leader of the Catholic Church in March, Pope Francis has made liberal pronouncements on homosexuality and atheism. Now he wants to reform the Vatican itself.
Picture emerges of what drove the Boston bombers
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a well-liked, amiable, slightly shy scholarship boy with a passion for basketball and wrestling. Today he is America’s most infamous living terrorist. What went wrong?
War captive who forgave Japanese tormentors dies
Eric Lomax’s experiences as a prisoner of war left him with physical and emotional scars. But his death this week reminded the world of an extraordinary story of reconciliation.
Ban on therapies to ‘cure’ gay teens
California has become the first place to outlaw attempts to ‘cure’ homosexual young people. Now, British psychotherapists say the practice is bogus.
Fireworks for America on Independence Day
Today is the Fourth of July – the anniversary of the US Declaration of Independence. Americans everywhere are celebrating, but is the nation as ‘exceptional’ as some would like to think?
Crowds gather at Stonehenge for summer solstice
Tonight, the Northern Hemisphere sees its shortest night of the year, as Earth tilts on its axis towards the Sun. Summer is here, and people in rainy Britain are desperate for decent weather.
No end in sight for world’s toughest prison
This week Guantanamo Bay, America’s most controversial detention camp, turns ten years old. Despite a mounting campaign to close it down, it shows no sign of disappearing yet.
2012: The end of the world as we know it?
Following twelve months of unrest, 2012 may prove to be a year of full-scale global crisis. Some experts predict a historic turning point – the start of a new and dangerous era.
Huge step for women’s rights as Saudi allows votes
The world's last bastion of exclusive male power is set to fall with yesterday's announcement that Saudi Arabian women will be allowed to stand and vote in future elections.
Monster hunters gear up for Weird Weekend
The world's biggest gathering of Nessie fans, Yeti spotters and other 'cryptozoologists' will be held in the UK this summer. Are they fantasists, or is it science?
‘Fairy story’ religion under fire again
Stephen Hawking, the world's most famous living physicist, has given a rare and explosive interview. By calling the afterlife “a fairy story”, he has reignited debate between science and...