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The extraordinary life of a 91-year-old beauty queen

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:05:38 GMT

Krystyna Farley is a pageant star in the US state of Connecticut, but her life was not always this glamorous.



Trying the Hadza hunter-gatherer berry and porcupine diet

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 23:19:55 GMT

The Hadza are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes in the world. Could their diet hold lessons for everyone?



Norway: The country where no salaries are secret

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 23:23:59 GMT

In Norway, anyone can find out how much anyone else is paid, and it rarely causes problems, writes Lars Bevanger.



The female psychologist running Risley men's prison

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 02:45:49 GMT

When 44-year-old Pia Sinha became governor of Risley prison, she needed to adapt quickly to its overwhelmingly male culture.



Watching Russia's Syrian build-up from central Istanbul

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 23:45:25 GMT

Russian warships sailing from the Black Sea to Syria pass through the centre of one of Europe's biggest cities - where amateur ship spotters watch their every move.



Suited and booted: Mods today

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:08:17 GMT

London-based photographer Owen Harvey has been documenting the style and community of the contemporary Mod scene since 2012.



Two days in an underwater cave running out of oxygen

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 23:16:13 GMT

Xisco Gràcia experienced a diver's worst nightmare after finding himself without oxygen in an underwater cave beneath Mallorca.



Tales from the new Silk Road

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:18:18 GMT

China calls it the project of the century but is it a power grab or an opportunity for all?



Is my tower block safe?

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 00:37:21 GMT

After the Grenfell disaster, ex-firefighter Phil Murphy checked his tower block's safety - and was horrified at what he found.



Pakistan’s secret atheists

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 21:42:02 GMT

How do non-believers get together in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence?



The painstaking task of naming Grenfell's victims

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 23:53:35 GMT

Relatives are angry at the time it's taking to identify victims. But experts say the process is a highly complicated one.



For Sale: Wedding Dress. Never worn.

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:02:43 GMT

10 dresses that never made it to the big day.



Purged: The officers who cannot go home to Turkey

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:53:17 GMT

After last year's botched coup in Turkey, thousands were arrested or fired in a far-reaching purge - including some Turkish military officers and their families stationed abroad.



London's defiant market

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 01:06:41 GMT

Open for business - the sights, sounds, tastes and smells at Borough Market one month on from the London Bridge attack.



Rocking the Stasi

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 00:41:09 GMT

When music captures the spirit of freedom it can cross any border. It crossed the Berlin Wall and eventually helped to bring it down.



Terry Gobanga: 'I was gang-raped on my wedding day'

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 23:20:50 GMT

On the day a Nairobi pastor was due to get married a gang of men raped her, stabbed her and left her for dead. But Terry Gobanga is a survivor.



How I saved big cats by introducing ‘magic dogs’

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 09:27:37 GMT

Amy Dickman has had some close shaves with big cats and humans while working with cheetahs and lions.



The secret photo stash of a young IS fighter

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 23:03:28 GMT

Three young IS militants lay dead on the banks of the river Tigris. Who were they and what were they doing in Iraq?



'I kept my daughter's body at home for three weeks'

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:37:07 GMT

When her daughter died, Gilli Davidson wanted to keep her at home - the funeral director made that possible.



Missing babies: Israel's Yemenite children affair

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:59:56 GMT

Leah Aharoni was told one of her twins died at birth – 50 years later, could her daughter still be alive?



Finsbury Park attack: Roses for Ramadan worshippers

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:59:00 GMT

Finsbury Park is home to a multitude of races and faiths, who have come together in the wake of Sunday night's attack.



All change

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 02:43:23 GMT

Teenagers, students and graduates mostly voted Labour rather than Conservative in 2017 - but not all. Four young people explain how their choices evolved.



The woman helping Mongolians die with dignity

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 21:40:08 GMT

Fifteen years ago there was no such thing as palliative care - care for the dying - in Mongolia. Now there is, thanks to Odontuya Davaasuren.



How Helen Fawkes filled her years with life

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:25:28 GMT

The BBC's Helen Fawkes died last week from ovarian cancer, 16 years after her first diagnosis, but a "list for living" meant she never stopped having fun.



When a big night out is two hours' away

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 04:06:21 GMT

Meet three young women who live in Fort William as they reflect on life in the Scottish Highlands.



Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 23:43:10 GMT

Zahed Tajeddin fulfilled his dream of buying a home in the old town of Aleppo but then the war came - and amid the bombs the old house was turned into a hospital.



Uncovering a story of ill-fated romance and tragic death

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 23:30:17 GMT

In a half-forgotten Jewish cemetery in the Indian city of Chennai stands the gravestone of a young woman whose romance ended in tragedy.



The country where tampons may cause a security alert

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:32:33 GMT

A woman travelling through Cairo airport may find her sanitary products confuse security staff.



How women are changing champagne

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 23:52:26 GMT

A new generation of women are making their mark on the champagne industry. Are they more attuned to the delicate flavours?



The 81-year-old woman inspiring a nation to recycle

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:05:02 GMT

A retired teacher who set up an all-woman rubbish collection team in her village in Lebanon is offering one solution to the country's rubbish crisis.



The National Front member who fell in love with Calais Jungle migrant

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 23:18:06 GMT

Béatrice Huret once delivered pamphlets for France's National Front, but then she met an Iranian migrant. After falling in love she helped him set off on a dangerous journey to the UK.



Implicit bias: Is everyone racist?

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 01:02:01 GMT

Few people openly admit to holding racist beliefs but many psychologists claim most of us are nonetheless unintentionally racist. Are we?



I had to wait 11 days to be told of my daughter's death

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 23:47:35 GMT

When Sarah Jenkins saw pictures of distraught mothers appealing for information about missing children after the Manchester bombing, it reminded her of her own experience after the 7/7 attacks in London.



Views from the streets of Britain's most average city

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 09:46:51 GMT

The views from the streets of Britain's most average constituency.



General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can't vote

Sat, 03 Jun 2017 23:58:19 GMT

Three million citizens of other European Union countries live in the UK. How do they feel about a general election dominated by Brexit, in which they cannot vote?



The British student who wants you to study in North Korea

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 21:15:06 GMT

North Korea frightens the world with its missile tests, so a British student thinks it's time to start getting to know the people who live there.



How an autistic child became world pinball champion

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:48:40 GMT

Pinball champion Robert Gagno says having autism has made him a better player. But it's also true that playing pinball has helped him live with autism.



Why I failed to catch Canada's worst serial killer

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:01:53 GMT

It still haunts Lorimer Shenher that red tape hindered his attempts to question a man who later confessed to nearly 50 murders.



The city in Pakistan that loves a British hairstyle

Sun, 28 May 2017 23:28:25 GMT

When BBC correspondent Secunder Kermani wanted a haircut in Pakistan he decided to head for the city known as Little England.



The sex slaves of al-Shabab

Wed, 24 May 2017 23:18:16 GMT

Last year Salama Ali uncovered a secret - that the al-Shabab militant group was seizing Kenyan woman and turning them into sex slaves.



When mum or dad is an alcoholic

Tue, 23 May 2017 01:04:46 GMT

What's it like to grow up with a parent who drinks? Four women share their stories.



The struggles of war babies fathered by black GIs

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:02:39 GMT

Many GIs had children with British women but under US laws black servicemen were usually refused permission to marry. So what happened to the children?



Treating children with electroconvulsive therapy

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:38:23 GMT

ECT has recently been used in some countries as a treatment for children who severely self injure.



Ringling Brothers circus: Inside the last performances

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:24:39 GMT

After 146 years, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus is holding its final shows. What happens to the performers?



We should have listened to the broken teenagers

Tue, 16 May 2017 01:30:37 GMT

Child sexual abuse has never been a higher police priority. But too many rapists avoid justice, argues former detective Margaret Oliver.



I acted as a man to get work - until I was accused of rape

Sun, 14 May 2017 23:35:10 GMT

Pili Hussein wanted to make her fortune mining for gemstones in Tanzania, and wasn't put off by the fact that women weren't allowed in the mines



Let's talk about why I had to terminate my baby's life

Sun, 14 May 2017 00:18:12 GMT

Comedian Lou Conran talks about her experience of having to give birth to her daughter, Emma, at just over 20 weeks following a scan that indicated her baby wouldn't survive.



Cartoon alien helps children in Mexico deal with trauma

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 23:34:21 GMT

In Mexico a psychologist has come up with an unusual way of getting children, dealing with trauma, to open up about their experiences.



'If skin goes over my trousers, I feel that's fat'

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:19:00 GMT

25-year-old James has been struggling with anorexia for over five years. He shares how the anorexia took over his life and the challenges he faces.



Should people with a mental illness be helped to die?

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 23:05:50 GMT

Adam Maier-Clayton had a condition which caused his body to feel severe physical pain. He fought for the right to die in Canada.



Turning to strangers for public therapy

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:26:14 GMT

A clinical psychologist is experimenting with 'problem solving booths', staffed by strangers.



The killing of Qandeel Baloch: One year on

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 02:08:43 GMT

The story of Qandeel Baloch's murder by her brother began with selfies with a prominent Muslim cleric.



Cancer MOT: Mechanic taking on prostate cancer

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 01:11:06 GMT

Errol McKellar, a garage owner from Hackney, is raising awareness of prostate cancer by offering 20% discounts to any customer willing to get tested for the disease.



How we found a way to cope with my granddad's dementia

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 23:16:40 GMT

Dominic Sivyer filmed his family's struggle to cope when his granddad was diagnosed with dementia.



The Swedish maternity hospital with no babies

Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:13:34 GMT

Swedish women in rural Solleftea have to drive for hours to give birth after the closure of their maternity ward.



People call me racist for shooting grey squirrels

Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:37:06 GMT

Andrew and Julie are killing grey squirrels to help the UK's native red squirrels.



My big fake straight wedding

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 23:17:01 GMT

Why young gay Asians are hiding their sexuality by entering into fake marriages



The 78-day stand-off over a golf course

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 01:54:41 GMT

The land dispute between Canada's indigenous people, also known as Mohawks, and the country's military.



The beef farmer rescuing his cows from the slaughterhouse

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 23:45:22 GMT

For years beef farmer Jay Wilde has been concerned about the welfare of his cows and the environmental impact of beef farming. Today he’s doing something about it.



Why coders are battling to be the... worst

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 23:30:02 GMT

A jokey competition on Reddit is encouraging enthusiasts to make volume controls that are as bad as possible.



Unleashing the power of moss to clean cities

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:16:15 GMT

A team of German designers has reinvented the tree to clean up urban air pollution. Using the natural power of moss, they hope to make city air safer to breathe.



Indianapolis 500: Racing into the history books

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 23:02:41 GMT

Janet Guthrie speaks to Witness about her pioneering racing career



Why the NHS can't pay for all of Glendon's cancer drugs

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:30:41 GMT

Glendon has a brain tumour - there are drugs that might extend his life but he must pay for them.



From child drug dealer to gang campaigner

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 01:04:08 GMT

"When we talk about gangs, let’s talk about rejection, let's talk about loneliness."



The small-town drag queen

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 00:10:06 GMT

25-year-old Grant is boldly bringing drag to his small seaside town in Northern Ireland.



Gay in Northern Ireland: 'He spat in my face'

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 02:27:11 GMT

Josh felt he had to leave Northern Ireland because of homophobia.



How the Beatles broadcast love to the world

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 14:44:55 GMT

In June 1967, the Beatles starred in the first live global TV broadcast.



Here's why they call him Mr Condom

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:50:45 GMT

Amelia Martyn-Hemphill meets the man behind Thailand's safe sex revolution



The homeless men building their homes from shipping containers

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:10:04 GMT

Paul was sleeping rough for 17 years. Then he met Jasper. Together they've been converting shipping containers into homes for the homeless.



Allowing mums in jail to hug their children

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 23:04:59 GMT

How two women in the US state of Minnesota are transforming the lives of mothers in jail.



Manhood Academy: Turning boys into men

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 23:18:14 GMT

Davis Williams set up the academy to provide positive male role models to support boys' passage into adulthood.



7 days quiz: Which landmark has been Grade I listed?

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 23:47:12 GMT

7 days quiz: Which landmark has been Grade I listed?



10 things we didn't know last week

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 08:35:30 GMT

Why flight attendants don't like you ordering a certain soft drink - and other news nuggets.



Fact-checking site gets lifeline after donation drive

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 15:24:56 GMT

Snopes.com has raised $500,000 in 24 hours after calling for help online.



Azadeh Namdari: Backlash over conservative Iranian television host

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 12:38:13 GMT

Azadeh Namdari faces online backlash after video shows her drinking beer and not wearing her headscarf.



Turkish police detain dozens for wearing a T-shirt

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:44:19 GMT

Authorities suspect people are signalling support for an attempted coup with their clothing.



TV guest quits show over request to speak Ukrainian

Tue, 25 Jul 2017 14:15:10 GMT

Should Ukrainian TV keep people from speaking Russian on it? One guest's actions have sparked a debate.



Is my baby too big, or just big?

Sat, 13 May 2017 00:09:41 GMT

How big can a baby get and still be considered normal, asks Jordan Dunbar.



The women banished to a hut during their periods

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:19:49 GMT

An ancient Hindu tradition meaning menstruating women are banished to an outhouse is still alive in western Nepal.



Dissolving the dead: An alternative to burial or cremation

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:50:06 GMT

Are we about to start dissolving our loved-ones in an alkaline solution after they die?



Eddie Maher: How I took my family on the run for 19 years

Thu, 25 May 2017 23:46:40 GMT

Eddie Maher went on the run after driving off with £1.2m in a Securicor van. Remarkably, he kept it up for 19 years taking a wife and children from one US city to another.



Fighting for equality in big-wave surfing

Sat, 06 May 2017 23:26:27 GMT

Female surfers were banned from taking part in a major surf competition. But a small group of determined women changed that.



Why an American went to Cuba for cancer care

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:49:51 GMT

Judy Ingels is defying the embargo by flying to Havana for treatment.



My son died in 1994 but his heart only stopped beating this year

Thu, 04 May 2017 23:40:22 GMT

On the night of 29 September 1994, seven-year-old Nicholas Green was fatally shot on holiday in Italy in a suspected case of mistaken identity.



Why do people swear?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:23:47 GMT

If you see the F-word spelled out with all four letters, are you more offended than when you read F with asterisks? And if so, why?



How do you build a runway over a motorway?

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 06:32:58 GMT

Heathrow's third runway could involve planes taking off from a "ramp" over a motorway. How would this work, asks Harry Low.



What happens if you drink five litres of undiluted squash?

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:49:39 GMT

A gorilla that escaped its enclosure at London Zoo drank five litres of blackcurrant squash before being tranquillised. What impact would this have had?