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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.

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.

Spring-cleaning India's most magnificent tent

Sat, 13 May 2017 23:35:50 GMT

Rajasthan's Royal Red Tent is as tall as a double-decker bus - and it's getting its first proper clean in three centuries.

A Russian honeytrap for Gen Flynn? Not me...

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:53:42 GMT

When Svetlana Lokhova saw the internet light up with suggestions she was a Russian spy, she initially thought it was a joke.

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 day my child was killed by an elephant

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:07:50 GMT

Conflict between humans and elephants is more intense in Sri Lanka than anywhere else in the world. When one man was attacked he came round to find his daughter dead beside him.

Why were 101 Uzbeks killed in the Netherlands in 1942?

Mon, 08 May 2017 23:15:29 GMT

They left their homes in Central Asia to fight against the German army. Why were they taken to Amersfoort before being starved or shot?

The Falklands penguins that would not explode

Sat, 06 May 2017 23:36:47 GMT

The minefields laid in the Falkland Islands 35 years ago have been a blessing for penguins, which are not big enough to trigger explosions. But now the time has come for their home to be demined.

Was the Soviet James Bond Vladimir Putin's role model?

Tue, 09 May 2017 23:32:06 GMT

While the West had James Bond, the USSR had its own favourite spy - Stierlitz. And it could have been Stierlitz who prompted Vladimir Putin to join the KGB.

The midwife who saved intersex babies

Wed, 03 May 2017 23:46:00 GMT

Five years ago a midwife in Kenya delivered a child with male and female sexual organs. The father told her to kill it, but instead she hid it and raised it as her own.

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.

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.

The vicar, the imam and their life behind bars

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 00:14:18 GMT

How chaplains from different faiths are working together to help inmates cope with prison.

Meet the eight-year-old who's after David Attenborough's job

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 23:13:51 GMT

A young Florida zoologist who makes nature videos has taken Twitter by storm.

'I feel an awful lot of guilt as a mother': Life as a 'Jam'

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:58:14 GMT

Every month is a huge financial squeeze for Mel and her husband. This is what life is like for one of the millions of UK families dubbed "just about managing" by politicians.

Watching my son become my daughter

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:56:54 GMT

Llyr grew up in Wales as a farmer's son in a close knit community and is transgender. We spoke to Llyr's parents and asked them how they dealt with this transitioning process.

The capital city banishing cars

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:26:52 GMT

Main roads through the centre of Santiago are closed to motor vehicles every Sunday so people can use them to ride their bikes. The idea has spread to other South American cities.

Intersex: Doctors hid secret from me

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:39:09 GMT

Jeanette was 50 when she discovered the truth about her own body.

A music producer helps his son tackle his exams

Sat, 20 May 2017 23:51:14 GMT

How one man used hip-hop to help his son study for his physics exam.

'Dying taught me how to live'

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:58:55 GMT

Lisa, Jolene and Kevin share how they make the most of life and enjoy every moment after a terminal cancer diagnosis.

Filming beneath the rubble

Thu, 18 May 2017 23:02:32 GMT

When this man's house collapsed on top of him, he turned on the camera.

The musician who taught three-year-olds to master the violin

Wed, 17 May 2017 23:11:36 GMT

In post-WW2 Japan, Shinichi Suzuki devised a new method of teaching the violin.

The Jewish refugees the US turned away

Tue, 09 May 2017 23:22:26 GMT

In 1939 the SS St Louis, carrying Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis, was refused entry to the US.

7 days quiz: What caused a titter before the Queen's Speech?

Thu, 22 Jun 2017 23:55:06 GMT

7 days quiz: What one-liner was caused a titter before the Queen's Speech?

10 things we didn't know last week

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 23:23:13 GMT

Brian Cant sat in a cardboard box during his Play School audition - and other news nuggets.

Grenfell 'miracle baby': Why people invent fake victims of attacks and disasters

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 01:28:13 GMT

The complicated reasons people make up victims on social media following tragic events.

Why a 19th Century Russian poet is going viral on Facebook

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:55:05 GMT

A comment by a prominent politician has touched off a fevered debate over Russian influence in a former Soviet republic.

Saudis complain at fake Israel plane picture

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 14:52:06 GMT

Social media images of a Saudi Arabian plane at Israel's main airport are fake.

Thai police called in to take on village's female ghost

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 13:20:24 GMT

A village in Thailand wants police to prevent a panic after several incidents have been blamed on a ghost

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.

Living with the dead

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:41:22 GMT

What is it like when the dead are a constant part of day-to-day life?

I was blinded by my contact lens

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:42:46 GMT

A rare infection left Irenie Ekkeshis blind in one eye - and it seems she may have caught it simply by handling her contact lenses with wet fingers.

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?