The baby who became a political football
The heartrending case of Charlie Gard, a terminally ill baby, has gripped the world. His parents are pressing for experimental treatment; his doctors say no cure is possible. Who is right?
I shot wounded men on battlefield says writer
A distinguished journalist has revealed how, 60 years ago when he was a marine, he shot two helpless and wounded enemy fighters dead. When this is done in battle, is it truly murder?
Apocalypse meow: ‘cuddly killers’ under fire
They are fluffy, funny — and deadly. According to a new book, cats kill so many animals that they represent a grave environmental threat. Its arguments have not gone down well with everyone…
The athlete who wants to end her own life
She is a brilliant competitor with three Paralympic medals to her name. Yet Marieke Vervoort is set on assisted suicide. Is this inspirational, or a dangerous precedent for others?
Belgium grants killer the right to die
After a three-year legal battle, a mentally ill criminal imprisoned for almost 30 years has been given the right to end his life. What repercussions will this decision have?
Assisted suicide bid rejected by UK court
The Supreme Court has upheld a ban on doctors assisting patients who wish to end their lives, but calls for parliament to make the law clearer. Should the very ill be given the right to die?
‘Insane’ murderer Brady seeks death in prison
The notorious Ian Brady says he should be treated as an ordinary criminal rather than a madman: he wants to be allowed to starve himself to death. So why is he being kept alive?
Paralysed man to test law on ‘right to die’
A devastating stroke left Tony Nicklinson unable to move or communicate except by blinking. Now, after seven years of ‘locked-in syndrome’, he wants the right to die – and is ready to fight for...
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?
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?
The Swiss say ‘Yes’ to assisted suicide
The Swiss city of Zurich has become known for 'suicide tourism' and yesterday the city voted to keep it that way. So is 'mercy killing' the future?
The family doctor whose prescription was death
A GP has given an interview defending his decision to speed his elderly patients’ end. He claims he was motivated by compassion. Now he faces possible murder charges.