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Modern slavery in the UK: 'They could be sat right in front of you'

<b>Slavery still exists in the UK, and it can be found in nail bars, factories, car washes and the cleaning industry.</b><p>That's according to prosecutor Eran Cutliffe, the person responsible for the UK's first modern slavery prosecution involving children.<p>In January this year, three people from Bath were …

Slavery

Warning over suntan lotion application

<b>People are getting less than half the sun protection they expect from suntan lotions, according to research.</b><p>But the problem isn't the lotion, it's our slapdash application of it, King's College London scientists say.<p>In theory, using sun protection factor (SPF) 15 sunscreen should be enough to stop …

Skin Care

Branded and beaten

The children accused of witchcraft and murder<p><b>Words and photography: Marc Ellison</b> <i><br>Illustrations: Ozo Ezeogu</i><p><b>Warning: Disturbing content</b><p>Sitting on a chipped wooden bench, the three-year-old swings her legs excitedly. Her sandals barely touch the floor as she watches a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles …

Siblings

Prehistoric bake-off: Scientists discover oldest evidence of bread

<b>Scientists have discovered the earliest known evidence of bread-making, from a 14,000-year-old dig site.</b><p>The bake would have looked like a flatbread and tasted a bit like today's multi-grain varieties, they say.<p>Our ancestors may have used the bread as a wrap for roasted meat. Thus, as well as being …

Baking

British POWs sank with the Lisbon Maru - should it be raised?

<b>A Chinese film-maker wants to raise a Japanese ship that was sunk in 1942 with hundreds of British prisoners of war on board. Some of the victims' families back the idea, but one of the survivors says it's a war grave, and should be left where it lies.</b><p>"We knew we'd been hit by a torpedo. And the …

How likely are you to bump into a friend at a music festival?

<b>You're in a big field with 50,000 people, or 100,000 people - are you going to meet anyone you know?</b><p>There are two ways of thinking about this - are you trying to find someone or is this just about chance meetings?<p>It could be day three of the festival, the battery on your phone has run out and …

Amesbury: Counter terror cops investigating as couple fight for life after being found 'poisoned' close to Skripal site

A couple found unconscious a few miles from where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were attacked are thought to have been …

Aethelflaed: The warrior queen who broke the glass ceiling

<b>How does a ruler defeat bloodthirsty invaders, secure a kingdom and lay the foundations for England - and then almost get written out of history? Be a woman, that's how. Exactly 1,100 years after her death Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, is emerging from the shadows.</b><p>Born into a tooth-and-nail …

Homelessness could end in a decade, says charity Crisis

<b>The UK could see an end to homelessness within 10 years if the government embraces certain policies, according to the homeless charity Crisis.</b><p>In a newly-published report, Crisis sets out a comprehensive plan to make homelessness "a thing of the past".<p>It says 100,500 social homes need to be built …

The secrets of a diary written on castle floorboards

<b>A hidden diary written by a carpenter on the floorboards of a French Alpine chateau provides a rare insight into the private lives of villagers in the late 19th Century, writes Hugh Schofield.</b><p>When the new owners of the chateau of Picomtal decided to renovate the parquet in some of their upstairs …

Food waste: Collapsed carrot? Pathetic potato? Tips to keep food fresh beyond 'best before' date

Tesco is removing "best before" labels from many of its fresh produce lines, which it says will help reduce waste.<p>The supermarket said this week that it will remove the advice from about 70 pre-packaged produce lines to avoid "perfectly edible food" being thrown away.<p>Here are five tips to help make …

The witch hunts of Papua New Guinea

Accusations of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea can lead to people being brutally attacked and sometimes murdered.<p>Witch doctors, known as Glass Marys, make a living identifying so-called witches, while those they accuse become outcasts - at best.<p>We meet a local policeman who is on a mission to track …

Two different forms of water isolated for first time

<b>Scientists have isolated the two different forms of water molecule for the first time.</b><p>Water molecules were known to exist as two distinct "isomers", or types, based on their slightly different properties at the atomic level.<p>By separating out the two isomers, researchers were able to show that they …

The boys on the ice

In 1868, seven young Scottish stowaways on a ship bound for Canada were subjected by the crew to acts of sadistic cruelty.<p>Two of them died after being abandoned on floating ice.<p>Over 150 years their story was forgotten by all but their families. Only now are efforts being made to commemorate …

North Atlantic

First Titanic menu fetches £100k at auction

<b>A menu of the first meal ever served aboard the Titanic has fetched £100,000 at auction.</b><p>The lunch, including consommé mirrette, sweetbreads and spring lamb, was served to officers on the first day of sea trials on 2 April 1912.<p>It belonged to Second Officer Charles Lightoller, the most senior crew …

Titanic

Regular excess drinking can take years off your life, study finds

<b>Regularly drinking above the UK alcohol guidelines can take years off your life, according to a major report.</b><p>The study of 600,000 drinkers estimated that having 10 to 15 alcoholic drinks every week could shorten a person's life by between one and two years.<p>And they warned that people who drink more …

The forgotten Scot who was the RAF's founding father

<b>As the Royal Air Force celebrates its centenary, there are calls for a Glaswegian to be recognised as its "founding father."</b><p>Lt-Gen Sir David Henderson had a distinguished career in the Army, fighting with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in the Zulu and Boer Wars and the Sudan.<p>But his pivotal …

University of Glasgow

The country where children fear election time

<b>When elections come round in Sierra Leone parents are warned to take extra care of their children, as it's feared that candidates or their supporters may abduct them and use their organs in black magic rituals. Olivia Acland reports on troubling signs that the rumours may be true.</b><p>WARNING: Readers …

Northwestern University

Is leaving Facebook the only way to protect your data?

<b>Allegations that research firm Cambridge Analytica misused the data of 50 million Facebook users have reopened the debate about how information on the social network is shared and with whom.</b><p>Data is like oil to Facebook - it is what brings advertisers to the platform, who in turn make it money.<p>And …

Privacy

Where are the UK's youngest and oldest city populations?

<b>Cities are often thought of as places for the young, but the reality is that many have an ageing population. What difference does the age of a city's residents make?</b><p>Over the past two decades, the average age of a UK resident has risen by two years, to 40. Within 30 years, one in four people is …

Demographics

Changing environment influenced human evolution

<b>Humans may have developed advanced social behaviours and trade 100,000 years earlier than previously thought.</b><p>This is according to a series of papers published today in Science.<p>The results come from an archaeological site in Kenya's rift valley. "Over one million years of time" is represented at the …

Anthropology

Claudette Colvin: The 15-year-old who came before Rosa Parks

<b>In March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks defied segregation laws by refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin did exactly the same thing. Eclipsed by Parks, her act of defiance was largely ignored for many years. She herself</b> …

Black History

How to eat like a Victorian

<b>Although Victorians faced many public health problems, could it be that they ate more healthily than us? Michael Mosley investigates.</b><p>Many of us like the fantasy of being a time traveller, popping back to see how people out of our history books really lived. Over the last few months I've been making …

Nutrition

Poor rural Victorians 'had best diet'

<b>Poor, rural societies which ate high-quality foods bought locally had the best diet and health in mid-Victorian Britain, a new report has revealed.</b><p>The healthiest regions, measured by low mortality rates, were often the most isolated.<p>In those areas, people would have consumed plenty of …

Diets

Rare photographs that changed lives

<b>Twenty-four photographs from the Lewis Hine archive have been auctioned in New York. The rare prints were from the collection of the late New York photographer Isador Sy Seidman.</b><p>American sociologist Hine was one of the most important documentary photographers of the 20th Century. Because the notion …

Art

How much does a UN soldier cost?

<b>The claim:</b> Countries contributing troops to UN peacekeeping missions are well paid for sending their personnel.<p><b>Reality Check verdict:</b> Countries are paid to provide personnel to UN missions and the top countries providing troops are unrepresentatively poor. The amount countries are paid for …

Africa

How US death penalty capital changed its mind

<b>Texas remains the strictest applicant of the US death penalty but its increasing reluctance to put criminals to death reflects a national trend.</b><p>Kent Whitaker supported the death penalty until his son, who arranged for a gunman to kill Mr Whitaker and the rest of his family, landed on death row in …

Death Row

Benjamin Lay: The Quaker dwarf who fought slavery

<b>He stood only about 4ft (1.2m) tall, yet what Benjamin Lay lacked in stature he made up for in moral courage and radical thinking. He was a militant vegetarian, a feminist, an abolitionist and opposed to the death penalty - a combination of values that put him centuries ahead of his …

Black History