Building bridges on Holocaust Memorial Day
On January 27th, millions will remember the Holocaust, and the creeping persecution that paved the way to Auschwitz. Is there a link between modern prejudice and mass murder?
Anger over nurse’s death in royal hospital hoax
Days after being publicly ‘humiliated’ in a radio prank call, nurse Jacintha Saldanha has been found dead – apparently after taking her own life. Where does responsibility lie?
Researchers book appointment with death
Scientists say a new blood test can determine how long a life we can expect if we die by natural causes. Do we want to be told when to expect the Grim Reaper?
Author leads campaign for assisted suicide
A controversial report by the Commission on Assisted Dying claims existing laws are ‘incoherent’ and must be changed. But would the proposed changes make things better, or worse?
‘Insane’ mass murderer may escape prison term
Anders Breivik killed 77 people, mostly teenagers, in a horrifying shooting spree in July this year – but psychological evaluators say he was insane, and needs treatment, not punishment.
Political guru inspires through bravery in death
Philip Gould, one of the architects of modern political practice, has succumbed to oesophageal cancer at the age of 61. His courageous response to death has been widely admired.
Seven killed in ‘horrific’ motorway crash
Britain has suffered its worst road accident in 20 years, after a huge multi-car pile-up on the M5. The crash will reopen a heated debate on road safety, and the price of a human life.
Family refused permission to turn off life support
A judge has ruled that a 'minimally conscious' patient must be kept alive, in spite of opposition from the family. It's an important legal ruling; but does it make her life worth living?
Terror strikes India – death toll 18 and rising
India's biggest city Mumbai is once again under attack as three terrorist bombs explode. An age old dispute that has killed millions takes its latest victims.
Great novelist celebrated against his dying wishes
Charles Dickens forbade any memorials or statues of himself. But as the 200th anniversary of his birth approaches, plans for a monument are afoot. Should we let him rest in peace?