‘Domestic violence’ set to include teen victims
The definition of domestic violence is being extended to include teenage victims – and non-physical types of abuse. Should personal relationships be a concern of the state?
UK doctors exposed in illegal abortion scandal
Undercover reporters have filmed a British doctor offering an abortion – because the baby was the wrong sex. Gender-selective abortion has wreaked havoc in east Asia. Could it be spreading?
New book offers love lessons from literature
Released this week to critical acclaim, a new book called ‘Much Ado About Loving’ distils the works of the world’s literary greats into useful relationship advice for modern readers.
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?
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.
Hollywood star ‘delighted’ by secret love child
Comedy actor Hugh Grant has admitted fathering a child at the age of 51 after 'a fleeting affair'. His response to his daughter's birth reveals how attitudes have changed.
Beatle McCartney backs marriage (again)
Tying, untying and then retying the knot all over again has become commonplace for showbusiness stars. What's the enduring appeal of marriage, to make them do it again and again?
Urge to be a parent fuels global baby trade
Infertile, gay and older couples are going to great lengths to become parents. Their family plans have created a growing international industry: IVF, egg and sperm donation, and surrogacy.
US military lifts ban on being openly gay
Under a policy known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, gay men and women in the American armed forces have been forced to hide their sexuality. This week ushers in a new era of openness.
From churl to chav: shaming the underclass
A new book suggests we enjoy ridiculing people at the bottom of the heap for everything: their accent, their behaviour and even their clothes. Often by using the word 'chav'.
‘Genderless’ baby kicks up a Storm
A baby? Lovely! Boy or girl? What do you mean you're not saying? The intriguing tale of a family who want to bring up their baby, Storm, to make its own decisions about becoming a he or a she.
Oprah bows out of self-made stardom
With 25 years of tears, laughter and soul-baring on her TV talk show, Oprah Winfrey has inspired millions. Survivor, media and business phenomenon, and America's best friend: what's her story?