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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

Sugar: a bittersweet history, by Elizabeth Abbott

The sour taste of struggle behind a sweet sensation

Leading article: An overdue apology

It's easy to be cynical about apologies made by politicians for scandals long past in which not even their worst enemies would find a shred of personal culpability. And you might well think that the Prime Minister, before he looked elsewhere, owed the country just a tiny bit of "sorry" for the banking crisis whose seeds were sown so liberally when he was Chancellor.

Peers to vote on anti-slavery amendment

Peers are due to vote today on a parliamentary bill amendment which would create two new laws criminalising modern-day slavery and forced labour.

A Chapter of Hats, By Machado de Assis

Slyly comic, full of surprises, always hinting at more than they quite say, these 20 bewitching stories from Brazil's 19th-century master (1839-1908) will bring new admirers to a writer who – despite his European links – has a voice all his own.

Wenger dismisses Platini transfer plan

Ban on sale of under-18s would be unenforceable, says Arsenal's manager

Man on the Move, By Otto de Kat

The life and times of a daredevil

The Book of Night Women, By Marlon James

It is 1785 and a 13-year-old Jamaican slave girl is giving birth, agonisingly, as she lies dying in her own pool of blood. The baby who emerges, crimson-soaked and "squealing like it just depart from heaven to come to hell" at the start of Marlon James second novel, The Book of Night Women, is Lilith, the green-eyed daughter of Jack Wilkins, an "overseer" of slaves at a sugar plantation on the east coast of Jamaica.

Diplomat's nanny lifts lid on modern slavery

Woman alleges horrific sexual and physical abuse and fears reprisals by employers protected under diplomatic immunity law

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: Zanzibar and the darkness in paradise

Going back was a life lesson in the potency of the whole historical truth

Johann Hari: How to spot a lame, lame argument

There is one particular type of bad argument that has always existed, but it has now spread like tar over the world-wide web, and is seeping into the pubs, coffee shops and opinion columns everywhere. It is known as 'what-aboutery' - and there was a particularly ripe example of it in response to one of my articles last week.

Making a Living in the Middle Ages, By Christopher Dyer

A work of medieval economic history may not sound the most riveting read but Dyer's erudite, sweeping account of Britain's finances between 850 and 1520 turns out to be endlessly fascinating and often relevant to our own plight. As Dyer remarks, economic history is "the only branch of history which gives pride of place to the whole population".

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

Did Darwin develop his theory of evolution for use as a weapon in the fight against slavery?

Album: Novalima, Coba Coba (Cumbancha)

Like Gotan Project at their best, this Afro-Peruvian outfit takes the rhythmic and melodic forms of its traditional music – which dates back to slavery and Spanish colonial rule – and make something wholly vital and contemporary out them. You can hear the dry rattle of stick on donkey jaw bone, but also a sinuous bass guitar and a sparing use of echo, denoting a love of dub reggae. Guest vocalists come and go, but the best thing about this music are the muscular, idiosyncratic grooves.

Did Charles Darwin believe in racial inequality?

His anniversary has thrown a fresh spotlight on ideas about race that still excite his friends and foes. Marek Kohn looks at a troublesome legacy
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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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