i Gloria De Piero, politician

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Right to choose: the young women of Somaliland need education as well as better health care

The importance of health care: Blind choices

Many women in developing countries don't realise that they have a right to healthcare and to make decisions about their own bodies. This has to change, says Edna Adan ssmail

Under proposals, couples will from April have the right to share 50 weeks of leave

Government's new shared parental leave part of a growing global trend

New rules are designed to bring Britain more in line with global best practise

TUC slams 'Scrooge of Europe' UK over poor maternity pay

The UK has been dubbed the “scrooge of Europe” by the TUC over its level of parental pay.

Book review: Elizabeth of York: The First Tudor Queen, By Alison Weir

A royal tale describes a turbulent era – and the princes who disappeared

Man about Town: Knitted wombs for a Friday night out

Weekends spent learning the mechanics of childbirth have become my new parties

It's not just more midwives we need

To fix the maternity care crisis we should call on the experience and judgement of its practitioners, says one, who prefers to be anonymous

New mothers are not being warned about potentially life-threatening post-natal problems, warn midwife group

Almost half of women are not told about danger signs of conditions that may need emergency medical treatment, according to research by the Royal College of Midwives

Colombia sex strike 'Crossed Legs' protest appears to be working, say Barbacoas women

Women in a remote village are refusing to have sex with their partners until a dangerous 35-mile road is repaired 

Gemma Barrett, 32, from Kingston, Surrey, with her husband Craig and son Sebastian. Mrs Barrett was kept in hospital for more than a week being monitored for suspected pre-eclampsia

Breakthrough in detection of pre-eclampsia may save lives of hundreds of babies

Condition severely affects two in every 100 pregnant women and test could save lives of hundreds of babies every year

Older doctors are six times more likely to ‘pose a risk to patients’

Doctors over the age of 55 are six times more likely to prompt major concerns about their performance than their younger colleagues, a study by a former chief medical officer has found.

Parents choosing surrogacy should be permitted the same rights as birth and adoptive parents

Surrogacy mother wins maternity leave ruling in EU court

Decision could pave way for others to get same benefits as birth and adoptive parents

York Hospital to launch virtual antenatal classes as attendances drop

York Hospital is set to become the first in the country to scrap its antenatal classes and replace them with virtual lessons for expectant mothers to watch online.

Sex Box: Sex on TV? The 5 most transgressive broadcasts in history

Channel 4 is soon to air a new reality show Sex Box, which will present audiences with "real sex", interviewing couples moments after they've had intercourse live on TV - albeit in the relative privacy of an opaque box. Paul Vallely writes for us today on the show's "having it both ways", offering both education and titillation to viewers. It got us to thinking. Is there anything left for TV to broadcast? Or have our eyeballs seen pretty much every important life moment there is to see, on television...

Researchers have found that one-to-one care with the same midwife is a lot cheaper and safer for mothers-to-be

Maternity survey shows one-to-one care from the same midwife is safer – and cheaper

Lancet study will add pressure on ministers to meet pledge on maternity services

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Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada