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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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

Wives wanted in the Faroe Islands

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:18:56 GMT

There's a shortage of women in the Faroe Islands. So men are increasingly seeking wives from Thailand and the Philippines.

The horse that saved his own life by painting

Mon, 01 May 2017 21:57:44 GMT

He was once a champion, but it looked as if ill health would soon mean the end for Metro. Then his owner had an unusual idea.

Meeting an organ trafficker who preys on Syrian refugees

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 20:59:20 GMT

Abu Jaafar's job is to find people desperate enough to give up parts of their body for money.

Joshua v Klitschko: Why Mihai Nistor won't cash in on beating a champion

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:13:19 GMT

Mihai Nistor was the last fighter to stop Anthony Joshua - but while Joshua earns millions, Nistor remains an amateur on a modest income. Why?

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.

PTSD: 'I thought it was a man thing'

Mon, 08 May 2017 00:26:57 GMT

Thirteen percent of young women show symptoms associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, according to an NHS report. Two women who've experienced it share their stories.

Living proof: Surviving a massacre

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:57:19 GMT

Some deny a genocide ever occurred in Srebrenica. One survivor continues to live there to provide testimony of what happened.

Rent me: Stranger for hire

Wed, 03 May 2017 23:33:29 GMT

Why a middle-aged man in Japan is hiring himself out for friendship.

A charity providing sex services for disabled people

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 03:35:04 GMT

A charity in Taiwan has volunteers who provide sexual "help" for a small number of disabled people.

Terracotta Army: The greatest archaeological find of the 20th Century

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:34:58 GMT

In March 1974, Chinese farmers unearthed the greatest archaeological find of the century, the Terracotta Army. Archaeologist Li Xiuzhen has worked on the site since the 1980s.

My dad, Charlie Chaplin

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:19:00 GMT

The world’s most iconic silent movie star was accused of communist sympathies and refused re-entry into the USA. He spent 20 years in exile, before eventually returning in April 1972 to receive a special Oscar award. Chaplin’s son Eugene spoke to Witness about his father.

Small island's postal service takes on a global problem

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:00:25 GMT

Could postal workers help solve the social care crisis?

Labia stretching: Why some British girls are told to do it

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:39:02 GMT

There's evidence that it's happening to children in the UK, even though it's illegal.

How Princess Diana changed attitudes to Aids

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:08:58 GMT

In April 1987, Princess Diana opened the UK’s first purpose built HIV/Aids unit. John O’Reilly was a nurse on the ward at the time.

'You just never know if you'll make it back'

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:36:06 GMT

Michelle was just 13 when she first volunteered as a paramedic in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

Why things really are more fun when you're a teenager

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:07:54 GMT

An experiment involving teenager Matt reveals why young people really do have more fun than adults.

7 days quiz: How long is this cat?

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:23:13 GMT

7 days quiz: How long is this cat?

10 things we didn't know last week

Sat, 20 May 2017 00:02:56 GMT

Kylo is the fastest-rising baby name in the US, and more news nuggets.

World landmarks light up for Manchester

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:33:22 GMT

Find out what's buzzing in the social media world today.

'Stay strong our kid': Manchester reacts to attack

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:34:11 GMT

In the hours after the suicide bombing at Manchester Arena came an online show of unity by Mancunians.

French Polynesia yacht wreck leads to drug problem

Wed, 24 May 2017 10:24:00 GMT

Islanders on tiny Pacific atoll may have helped themselves to burning boat's illicit cargo.

Kyrgyz president shows off his musical skills

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:32:17 GMT

Singer-songwriter president Almazbek Atambayev releases guitar ballads to local acclaim.

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.

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?

Who, What, Why: What's the worst place to be bitten by a spider?

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:50:12 GMT

A man has been bitten by a spider on the penis for a second time. Which part of the body do you most want to avoid getting bitten or stung?