US celebrates 50 years of civil rights
It is now more than 50 years since US President Johnson passed a law to end centuries of discrimination against black people in America. Did it work?
The pope, the good samaritan and the refugees
Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church, has offered three refugee families a home. He has been called a ‘good samaritan’ — but will his decision achieve...
Exposed: the problems of giving to charity
This Christmas, Britain’s newspapers once again asked readers to donate money to good causes. People gave generously — but is giving cash the best way to do good?
Away in a manger: ‘miracle’ in New York
This week, we read the amazing story of a real newborn baby found in a manger, just like Jesus. What role does the Christmas story still play?
Shocking report reveals 13,000 slaves in the UK
The new government figures are appalling. Thousands of men, women and children are being abused and enslaved throughout the UK. Will new slavery laws be enough to stop this?
Church anger as prayer ad banned in cinemas
A Church of England advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer will not be seen in most cinemas after an agency refused to show it. Should religions be able to advertise?
SeaWorld to end ‘cruel’ San Diego Shamu Show
SeaWorld has promised to end its controversial Shamu Shows at its park in California, in favour of ‘more natural’ displays. But some people say...
Star thanks bullies for making her stronger
From the Olympics to the Oscars, celebrities are often grateful to people who have bullied them for making them more determined. Is this message inspirational, or could it be dangerous?
Selfies more dangerous than shark attacks
So far this year, more people have died while taking a selfie than from shark attacks. Society has gone mad, some say. But should we really be surprised?
‘Bring back national service’ says Prince
Prince Harry has ended his ten-year career in the army by saying that everyone should have to serve some time in the armed forces. Should ‘national service’ return to the UK?
Exposed! Daily life in Jane Austen’s England
A new history book has revealed the dirt and filth of British life just 200 years ago. It is very far from the ballgowns and polite manners of Jane Austen.
Pouring cold water on ice bucket challenge
The internet has been full of videos of friends and celebrities throwing icy water over themselves in recent weeks. The challenge is for charity, but has it done more harm than good?
Cornish people declared a national minority
This week, Cornwall’s special language and culture have been formally recognised by the government. Will the move encourage some people to push for Cornish independence?