Arts and Entertainment Jared Leto in 'Dallas Buyers Club'

When will TV and film start opening the door to transgender actors, asks Paris Lees

“I’m better off dead” 11 year-old Nada al-Ahdal on child marriage

A video made by 11 year-old Yemeni girl Nada Al-Adhal speaking about child marriage has gone viral.

From Uganda to Britain: Life was much better before I started to think about the pain of hunger

Since arriving in Britain, one thing I have failed to wrap my head around is the fact that there is poverty, homelessness and hunger in the developed world, just like in Africa

The use of party drugs, usually found in nightclubs, to enjoy sex has caused concern

Party drugs linked to alarming rise in HIV amongst gay men

London sees 20 per cent rise in infections as charities call for better sexual health services

Singer Sir Elton John performing on stage during the Diamond Jubilee concert at Buckingham Palace last year

Page 3 Profile: Sir Elton John, musician

Ah Sir Elton, a national treasure.

Gay Marriage Bill: This has been a wonderful day. I only wish the 14-year-old me could have seen it

When the Queen signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill into law today she’ll have had no idea what it will really mean for gay people. I do.

Nelson Mandela's granddaughter speaks of her hurt over the family's dispute

Ndileka Mandela speaks to the BBC of the pain the family have undergone since Mr Mandela was taken ill

Jimmy Savile with Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher made repeated attempts to get Jimmy Savile knighted – despite pleas from concerned aides

Former Prime Minister made four attempts to appoint disgraced presenter to knighthood before succeeding in 1990

Bone-marrow transplants leave men ‘HIV-free’

Two men infected with HIV for many years have been able to stop taking anti-viral drugs following bone-marrow transplants which left them without any detectable Aids virus in their bodies, scientists have announced.

A hearse is pictured at Mvezo resort after being accompanied by a police convoy to collect the remains of former South African President Nelson Mandela's children

Return to Qunu: Mandela family remains exhumed again

Battle over bodies of statesman’s children ends as they are taken back to ancestral village

Electron microscope image of the Aids virus

Two HIV-infected men treated with bone marrow transplants 'have no detectable Aids virus'

One patient has now been off anti-retroviral drug treatment for 15 weeks and the other for seven weeks

Mandla Mandela addressing the media last month

Judge orders Nelson Mandela's grandson Mandla to exhume bodies of anti-apartheid leader's children

A judge ordered Nelson Mandela's grandson to exhume the bodies of three of the anti-apartheid leader's children today and return them to their original graves, the latest twist in a dispute that has divided South Africa's most famous family.

Shrien Dewani is accused of killing his bride Anni on their honeymoon in South Africa
Barack Obama and Tanzania's President Jakaya Kikwete, left, at a welcoming ceremony in Dar Es Salaam

Barack Obama arrives to warm welcome in Tanzania - and a surprise meeting with George W Bush

Hundreds of young people line the streets wearing t-shirts and sarongs bearing images of the President, who says he wants to move relations with Africa from aid to trade

US President Barack Obama, right, and First Lady Michelle Obama, left, tour Robben Island

Barack Obama pledges energy cash to light up Africa’s darkness

US President promises funding to provide 'the energy to lift people out of poverty' by doubling Africans' access to electricity

The WHO says drug treatment for HIV should start earlier, before the immune system is damaged and causes sickness

WHO says drug treatment for HIV should begin earlier

An ambitious plan to roll out HIV treatment to millions more patients around the globe has divided scientists who question whether it is focused on benefiting individuals or halting the spread of the disease.

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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