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The actress, a self-proclaimed Homeland uber-fan, was overjoyed to meet star of the agent drama Damian Lewis. The spoiler? Not so much

The new slaves: Children forced to work as farm labourers

Our campaign aims to persuade the Government to tackle human trafficking

Think slavery is a thing of the past? Think again

IoS campaign highlights the thousands who fall victim to enslavement in Britain almost 180 years after its abolition.

The 'untouchable' Indians with an unenviable job

On discovering that his parents cleaned latrines for a living, Bezwada Wilson began a campaign to end this degrading profession. Andrew Buncombe hears his story

Leonard Skinner. Better known as Lynyrd Skynyrd. Wished he wasn't

PE teacher whose name was taken by rock band as act of revenge dies aged 77

Album: Burning Spear, Marcus Garvey/Garvey's Ghost (Island)

Burning Spear's Marcus Garvey was one of the founding texts of 1970s roots reggae, an album which confirmed to the growing crossover British market that Bob Marley may just be the tip of a huge wave of talent about to break out of Jamaica.

Joan Smith: Let's call sex-trafficking by its real name – slavery

There is no shortage of convicted sex-traffickers in English prisons. Two defendants werejailed for three years and two-and-a-half years respectively last week after running brothels in Surbiton for several years; Michael Dalton and Nikki Chen forced young women to have sex with around 12 men each day to pay off "debts" they ran up when they were trafficked to the UK on false passports.

People trafficking protection measures slammed

Measures to protect victims of people smuggling are "not fit for purpose" and may be illegal, a report claimed today.

Album: Southern Tenant Folk Union, The New Farming Scene (Johnny Rock Records)

Southern Tenant Folk Union's new album is a bold concept piece in which their amalgam of Scottish folk and American bluegrass is employed in the vivid depiction of a dystopian, post-technological future.

The Tyranny Of Guilt: An Essay On Western Masochism, By Pascal Bruckner, trans by Steven Rendall

We all believed in multiculturalism. Didn't we? That was before Islamic fundamentalism was broadcast from British mosques and we got used to seeing a rise in burkhas and blacked- out women on our streets. And what were we to think when our feminist friends celebrated the veil as a symbol of anti-imperialism and a way of turning off predatory males? And how could we remain silent when the Left celebrated the sight of the planes flying into the Twin Towers ? At Ground Zero how could we listen when they dismissed the three thousand murdered office workers, police and fire fighters' deaths with, 'America had it coming!'? And where was their outrage at the Madrid and London bombings? Unable to recognise the war when it came, the Left continued to blame the innocent for being the victims of the jihadist. What if they, what if we, got it wrong?

Great Debates: When politics gets gladiatorial

As the leaders of Britain's political parties limber up to take part in an unprecedented series of TV discussions, John Walsh explores the history of oratorial combat, from the deadly logic of Socrates to the killer charms of JFK

UAE defies ban on child camel jockeys

children as young as 10 are working as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates despite a law banning underage riders, new photos reveal.

French ban 'oral sex' anti-smoking adverts posters

A French anti-smoking campaign which showed teenagers having "oral sex" with cigarettes, and implied that smoking was a form of submission or slavery, has been abandoned.

A root-and-branch inquiry: Inside the deep-digging, money-spinning, web-crawling world of family trees

Thanks to the internet, we have become a nation of amateur genealogists: last year, 20 million of us went online to learn more about our family trees. And it's an addictive habit. Just ask David Randall, who began researching his clan a few months ago — now he thinks he may be close to solving the mystery of his great-uncle Sidney...

The Long Song, By Andrea Levy

Pity Andrea Levy. It is not easy to follow up a novel as loved and acclaimed as her Orange Prize-winning Small Island. Not easy, either, to bear the weight of expectation created by becoming one of the UK's most popular black writers, quietly creating a body of work that explores and communicates the Black British experience to a mass audience.

Darwin's Sacred Cause, By Adrian Desmond & James Moore

Of all the scores of books that greeted Darwin's double anniversary last year, none matters more than this. Desmond and Moore, already their hero's biographers, now in this triumph of re-interpretation plant the hatred of slavery - and of the science that sought to justify it - at the heart of Darwin's career.

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Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Let's talk about loss

We need to talk about loss

Secrecy and silence surround stillbirth
Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Women may be better suited to space travel than men are
Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

'They poured water on, then electrified me...'

If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear
New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

For a no-holds-barred comedian who is scathing about woolly thinking and oppressive religiosity, he is surprisingly gentle in person
Boris Johnson's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

Many of us Brits still disapprove of conspicuous consumption – it's the way we were raised, says DJ Taylor
Ash frontman Tim Wheeler reveals how he came to terms with his father's dementia

Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album