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The House of Lords will decide whether to make the subject compulsory: let's hope they make the right choice

The Help Desk: A reluctant prospective father

Q. I live with my girlfriend, who I met after my divorce three years ago, and I love her deeply. But we have a serious problem. She's 32 (I'm 43) and she wants us to have a child.

William Shakespeare; Jean Baptiste Poquelin de Moliere

Shakespeare 1 Molière 0: 'Linguistic treason' as France prepares to accept English teaching for university sciences

Higher education minister Geneviève Fioraso aims to make future French scientists better able to use international language of scientific research

Chinese police seize millions of fake Durex condoms worth £5m

Unsterilised sheaths were being lubricated by workers using oil

A HIV-positive inmate who was having unprotected sex with another prisoner was refused condoms by jail staff in a potentially harmful breach of guidelines

Sex in prisons: Campaigners warn of culture of denial over sexual relationships between inmates as new commission publishes report

The first Commission into Sex in Prisons has drawn attention to a rarely reported issue

Consensual sex and rape – it’s really very simple

If you do something to someone’s intimate bits which you know s/he has not consented to or is unable to consent to, you are committing sexual assault or rape

Bill Gates to boost sex lives of millions with condom redesign

He's revolutionised polio treatment, personal computers and the toilet - but now former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates has a more intimate challenge in his sights: the condom.

Swedish church camp issues 'sex diplomas' to 14-year-olds on 'Love and Sexuality' course

Students were given a certificate stating they were "qualified for sex"

Rise in number of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV due to more having unprotected sex

The number of gay and bisexual men contracting HIV rose over the past 20 years because of a rise in the number having unprotected sex, new research shows.

Pope Benedict XVI didn’t fail as the spiritual leader of the church, he just wasn’t up to running it

The modern world, not just the church, will be poorer for the absence of a thoughtful intellectual in public life

Fifty Shades of Grey

Swedish man accused of killing girlfriend in Fifty Shades of Grey-style sado-masochistic sex game

German woman died after being hit 123 times with a wooden blackboard pointer while bound with nylon tights and condoms

Take Me Out contestants evicted from mansion after raucous party

They're single, and ready to mingle.

Complaints to Ofcom about Channel 4's Big Fat Quiz of The Year - do you think they took it too far?

Big Fat Quiz Of The Year has reportedly sparked Ofcom complaints after some believed the comedians to have taken it too far.

Jack Whitehall, James Corden, Jonathan Ross and Jimmy Carr got into trouble for cracking off-colour jokes about the Queen

The Big Fat Quiz: what was offensive was the lack of funny, not the lack of taste

Ever since “Sachsgate”, certain areas of the press have been waiting for another opportunity to put the boot into modern comedy for its lack of reverence.

Five-minute Memoir: Salley Vickers on first-job hell

When I was not quite 15, my dad, who was the kindest of fathers, decided that I should learn what 'real' work meant. He was a trade union leader, head of what is now the PCS – the Public and Commercial Services Union – having come to that brand of socialism via a youthful commitment to communism. His particular union served that branch of the public sector which included office cleaners. Indeed, it was his proud boast that he had been responsible for unionising the public sector cleaners.

Tania Kovats, Artist

In the Studio: Tania Kovats, Artist

'I don't have an impulse to make work that looks like my work'

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Homeless Veterans appeal

In 2010, Sgt Gary Jamieson stepped on an IED in Afghanistan and lost his legs and an arm. He reveals what, and who, helped him to make a remarkable recovery
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'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

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Ed Balls interview

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Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

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