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The secret history of black Santas

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:30:25 GMT

America's biggest shopping mall hosted its first African American Father Christmas this year - but black Santas have been around for decades and even played a role in the civil rights movement.

The mystery of the stolen Klimt

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:09:23 GMT

Nearly 20 years ago a valuable portrait by Gustav Klimt was stolen from a gallery in northern Italy, in bizarre circumstances. Finally, it may be about to be returned.

Scare the mother, save the child: The women pressured to give up their children

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:39:09 GMT

Inside the closed world of Hasidic Jews in the UK are stories of mothers who risk everything in order to leave their communities, with their children.

Cat Hulbert: How I got rich beating men at their own game

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 21:34:47 GMT

Not many professional gamblers are bipolar women, but Cat Hulbert was one of the best - and she delighted in winning money from men.

Time person of the year quiz: How much do you know about previous winners?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 14:34:38 GMT

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

Do smoke-free stoves really save lives?

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 03:41:00 GMT

Research has cast doubt on a UN-backed project to reduce pollution-induced illness in the world's poorest children by providing 100 million homes with a smoke-free stove.

Gullah Geechee: Descendants of slaves fight for their land

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:55:59 GMT

Descendants of freed African slaves are fighting to save their traditional Gullah way of life and ancestral land in South Carolina.

100 Women 2016: Parents who regret having children

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 03:04:08 GMT

When Corinne Maier spoke to the BBC attacking baby mania, her honest account of parenting struck a chord around the world.

The city getting rich from fake news

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 02:43:17 GMT

Many of the fake news websites that sprang up during the US election campaign have been traced to a small city in Macedonia, where teenagers are pumping out sensationalist stories to earn cash from advertising.

100 Women 2016: I am a 'surrendered wife’

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:38:46 GMT

Kathy Murray coaches women to stop nagging their husbands and start treating them with more respect.

'I was there when gunmen tried to kill Bob Marley'

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:43:08 GMT

It's 40 years since would-be assassins tried to kill Bob Marley. Nancy Burke was at the singer's house as the shootings took place.

Viewpoint: 'Why every woman should be offered menstrual leave'

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:03:34 GMT

Chinese events organiser Churan Zheng gets free company menstrual leave and says that in her view it is an essential option for all women.

100 Women 2016: Researching the female orgasm

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:43:46 GMT

Women's sexuality is a little-studied area of science and new research is revealing that much of what we thought we knew was wrong.

Darryl Jones: The unknown Stone

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:26:24 GMT

Darryl Jones has been the Rolling Stones' bassist for 22 years but he's still the new guy - it it time he had more recognition?

Europe's outdoor cannabis capital

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 00:38:39 GMT

Albania has become the largest producer of outdoor-grown cannabis in Europe. In a nation that is still poor it's a billion-euro industry.

How safe is the cosmetic surgery boom?

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:55:09 GMT

An increasing number of British people are opting for cosmetic procedures - but how safe are they in such an unregulated industry?

Stephen Port: The killer the police missed

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:26:10 GMT

How was Stephen Port able to kill four young men, even though police had arrested him and taken his DNA after the first death?

The 'Walter Mittys': Why do some people pose as heroes?

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 15:24:10 GMT

Impostors who wear military medals they have not earned could face jail if a bill is passed. What drives these "Walter Mittys" to invent fake tales of heroism?

100 Women 2016: My sham marriage

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:23:59 GMT

Ou Xiaobai lives with her girlfriend but married a gay man to fool her family and colleagues.

Viewpoint: Changing the world is more important than changing nappies

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:10:18 GMT

French author Corinne Maier says people are incapable of addressing the world's problems because they spend so much time looking after their children.

Lady Brittan: How police cast a dark shadow over Leon's final days

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 15:47:30 GMT

Lord Brittan died with a rape allegation hanging over him. After his death, police said there was no case to answer. His widow describes their ordeal.

100 Women 2016: Kokoro - the cancer blog gripping Japan

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:10:54 GMT

A young newsreader suffering from cancer has taken the unusual step - for Japan - of blogging about her illness. If she dies, she says, she doesn't want pity.

An extremist in the family

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 12:05:56 GMT

Rasheed Benyahia was a boy from a Birmingham suburb, who enjoyed football and free running. Then one day he disappeared to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria.

Do people get shot because some cops panic?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:42:21 GMT

New resilience training aims to reduce the high numbers of deadly shootings by US police.

My mother, the Nobel Peace Prize pioneer

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 01:41:28 GMT

In 2004, Kenyan Wangari Maathai became the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

The invention that helped me write again

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:20:08 GMT

Parkinson's disease stopped 32-year-old Emma drawing and writing but a new invention is changing her life.

100 Women 2016: Model Iskra Lawrence on why every body is beautiful

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:11:08 GMT

Iskra Lawrence never fitted into a fashion industry box... so she decided to use social media to create her own.

Too poor to bury their dead

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 22:08:49 GMT

With almost 5000 people killed in the crackdown on drugs in the Philippines, the victims' families are struggling to bury their dead.

Duterte drug war: Manila's brutal nightshift

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 22:30:12 GMT

Raffy Lerma is a photo-journalist documenting the nightly killings in the Philippines' government's war on drugs.

Robo-Trump: One director's dark take on the next president

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 03:08:23 GMT

Millions have watched a film from Uruguay depicting Donald Trump as a robot at war with Mexicans.

The fog catcher who brings water to the poor

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:22:28 GMT

In the slums of Lima, he's found a way to turn fog into water.

The revolutionary city that revived Indian pride

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:31:52 GMT

In 1950, renowned architect Le Corbusier was invited to create India's most modern city

Sexism solution: Teaching schoolgirls self defence

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 01:45:42 GMT

Would self-defence classes help girls to fight sexual harassment?

The therapy dogs that help stressed students

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 03:40:40 GMT

A growing number of US and UK universities are using dogs to help anxious students.

The runner who was brought back to life

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 03:39:16 GMT

Sean Doyle survived a cardiac arrest while running. Now he has completed 100 races.

One woman's mission to save orphaned elephants

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:13:45 GMT

Dame Daphne Sheldrick successfully raised baby African elephants for the first time in history

Station Road: The desperate renter

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 03:35:28 GMT

On every Station Road is a housing story. Gina is nearly £10,000 in debt - is there anything she can do about it?

America's heroin trail: A new generation of addicts

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:59:01 GMT

More Americans now die from drugs than from guns or in car accidents, and increasingly, reports Ian Pannell, the victims are young, white and middle class.

How Idris Elba changed my life

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:52:54 GMT

Tinie Tempah, Reggie Yates and Dion Dublin reveal who they look up to and why.

Can social media help catch the cat killer?

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 01:51:40 GMT

Social media users join forces to hunt notorious criminal

America's heroin trail: The outdoor factory that feeds the US

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 22:08:31 GMT

With heroin cultivation in Mexico rocketing by 170% in two years, Ian Pannell traces a trail of supply and addition that leads one way - north.

Why a black child is 12 times less likely to become PM

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 01:07:30 GMT

A black child born in the UK today is 12 times less likely to become prime minister than a white child, according to new research. But why is this? The figure was calculated by statistician, economics and inequalities specialist Dr Faiza Shaheen for the documentary Will Britain Ever Have A Black Prime Minister? You can read more about the research at

The last days of the Jungle: Hassan's story

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 00:16:24 GMT

The final residents of the Jungle in Calais were moved out last week. Hassan, from Syria, lived there for two months in 2015 before travelling to the UK where he was granted leave to remain. As the camp was demolished and 7,000 people moved, Hassan returned to meet some of them. His own story was featured in the BBC documentary Exodus: Our Journey to Europe, and he's now part of a film crew making a follow-up.

Still ashamed of my part in Mao's Cultural Revolution

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:15:03 GMT

In 1966, the youth movement known as the Red Guards was mobilised in China. Saul Yeung was one of them.

A coin toss, a converted palace and 400 'lookers in' - how the BBC launched TV

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 01:35:31 GMT

Some lesser known facts about the early days of TV

Quiz of the week's news

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:08:35 GMT

The Magazine's weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

10 things we didn't know last week

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:14:00 GMT

San Francisco Airport has its own therapy pig, and more news nuggets.

Love for Louis Tomlinson and Trump supporters say dump Star Wars

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 16:06:53 GMT

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

London for beginners, Trump on Twitter and love for a Lebanese diva

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 15:59:30 GMT

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

Russian region ordered to restore Teutonic castle

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 15:33:19 GMT

Prosecutors tell Russia's Kaliningrad Region to invest in gutted 14th Century castle.

Mouse-sized art appears on Swedish street

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:13:11 GMT

Artists create a tiny street scene at pavement level in Malmo.

100 Women: Jeanette Winterson helps children rewrite Cinderella

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 02:50:19 GMT

UK author Jeanette Winterson helps school children re-imagine the fairy tale for a new generation.

The match that pitted white players against black players

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 02:45:55 GMT

In 1979 West Bromwich Albion held a match pitting a white team against a black team, writes Adrian Chiles.

My kidneys have failed, and I know my kids face the same fate

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 01:15:49 GMT

Mandy Littlewood has polycystic kidney disease and needed an organ transplant. Two of her children also have the condition.

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?