Voices

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

Joan Smith: Sex sells everything – except safe sex itself

People aren't going to abstain from sex, no matter what the Pope says

Leading article: The case for sex on television

The proposals to allow advertisements for pregnancy advisory services to be aired on television and radio, and for condom adverts to be shown before the 9pm watershed, have reactivated a familiar debate about the official approach to sex education in this country.

Letters: Town and country

The country idyll: not all it's cracked up to be?

Paul Vallely: Absurd words open to misinterpretation

How could the Pope have said something so manifestly absurd as he was arriving for his first visit to a continent where Aids has killed more than 25 million people over the past three decades?

Mandy attack: 'Green slime on his face? I thought he was leaking'

Lord Mandelson was spattered with dyed custard last week. He managed to respond with more aplomb than fellow protest victims

Friends of murdered girl arrive to incriminate Knox

Witnesses tell court of American student's 'inappropriate and strange' reaction to discovery of murder

Sex films: 'I didn't learn much, but the movies did make me laugh'

Teenager's view: Ella Thorold, 15

Used condoms found in beer packaging

A supermarket apologised to a customer today after used condoms were found in the packaging of four beer cans.

The facts of life: fantasies & fetishes

It was the French psychologist Alfred Binet (1857-1911) who coined the term "sexual fetishism". He meant it to describe individuals with sexual interests in non-human objects such as clothing.

Paperbacks: Dandy in the Underworld, by Sebastian Horsley

Artist, poseur, self-crucifier, self-dramatist, rejected entrant to the US (for "moral turpitude"), Horsley is the bastard child of Oscar Wilde and Mae West.

'Risk-taking' blamed as STIs double for over-45s

The rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among the over-45s has more than doubled in under a decade, a study showed today.

The bank that allows sex workers in India to say 'no'

For prostitutes in Asia's largest red-light district, life is bleak and dangerous. Poverty, exploitation by pimps and the threat of contracting diseases from men who refuse to use condoms are daily challenges. But a breakthrough has been made for women in Mumbai's Kamathipura area.

The Investment Column: Safety-first makes Durex-maker SSL a good buy

Burberry; Hilton Foods

Everything you need to know about sex

Sex and university are intrinsically linked, find out how to get the best and avoid the pests.

Wright: Prostitute 'saved by unexpected noise'

An Ipswich prostitute who had sex with Steve Wright after the fifth victim was found thinks that her life was saved because they were disturbed by an unexpected noise.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee