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Jasvinder Sanghera: I ran away to escape a forced marriage

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 01:04:08 GMT

Honour crime campaigner Jasvinder Sanghera recounts her blighted childhood and her fight for change.

Jack Barsky: The KGB spy who lived the American dream

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 01:04:12 GMT

The remarkable double life of undercover agent Jack Barsky who lived the American dream at the KGB's expense.

The housemates who found a lost plane wreck

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:24:33 GMT

Eastern Airlines Flight 980 crashed into a mountain in Bolivia in 1985. Dan Futrell and Isaac Stoner spent an unusual holiday trying to work out why.

Cake or biscuit? Why Jaffa Cakes excite philosophers

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:06:41 GMT

It's a delicious structure consisting of sponge, chocolate and orange jelly. But is a Jaffa Cake actually a biscuit? And what can it teach us about philosophy?

Who is trolling the Pope?

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 00:58:35 GMT

Posters and spoof news stories criticising the Pope have been springing up across Rome. What's going on?

Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:34:17 GMT

The history of black women working for Nasa goes back much further than the 1960s - the period of the film Hidden Figures - and their struggles continued afterwards.

Anna LeBaron: How I escaped my father's murderous polygamous cult

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:06:39 GMT

Anna LeBaron - whose father Ervil was one of the most infamous cult leaders in American history - tells of how she escaped his murderous grip and now wants to "redeem" the family name.

The man who dresses up as his ancestors

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:28:32 GMT

Artist Christian Fuchs is obsessed with his ancestors and spends months painstakingly recreating portraits of them, which he poses for himself

Awake under the knife

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:00:54 GMT

Donna Penner woke up in the operating room, just before the surgeon made his first incision. She describes how she survived the excruciating pain of being cut open while awake.

You're never alone at the Museum of Broken Relationships

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:17 GMT

Suffering a post-Valentine's crash? One museum turns the detritus of breakups into art.

Reunited after 65 years, and more remarkable love letters

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:14:17 GMT

Tales of heartbreak, elation, rejection and redemption - to mark Valentine's Day, here are four love letters, each telling a unique story.

Coming to America: One translator's harrowing journey

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 22:09:04 GMT

One week. One family. One goal: To immigrate to Donald Trump's America.

The town with the world's most romantic postmark

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:58:14 GMT

Loveland, Colorado, is smitten with Valentine's Day. Ask nicely and they'll even send you a card.

A sarcastic response to Syria's militants

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:34:54 GMT

It takes a special kind of person to run a radio station in an area controlled by Islamist militants in northern Syria. Raed Fares, who has never lost his sense of humour despite being gunned down by IS.

Is the Eagle Huntress really a documentary?

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 00:24:04 GMT

The Eagle Huntress, a film about a Kazakh girl in Mongolia learning to hunt with a golden eagle, divides opinion. It's described as a documentary, but is it staged?

Does India have a problem with false rape claims?

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:01:27 GMT

There has been an increase in false rape reports against men in India - but do the figures tell the real story behind India's rape crisis?

Honours quiz - the people who refused, returned or lost medals and awards

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 12:53:12 GMT

How well do you remember these other people who refused, returned or were stripped of honours and awards?

Phnom Penh's No 1 ladies taxi scooter agency

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:55:28 GMT

In Cambodia, motorbike taxis are everywhere - but it's rare to see women drivers transporting tourists. One entrepreneur is trying to change that.

The man with a titanium chest

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:26:37 GMT

After seven years with part of his breastbone missing, Edward Evans gets a revolutionary titanium implant.

The man who sold his back to an art dealer

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:29:24 GMT

Tim Steiner has an elaborate tattoo on his back which was designed by a famous artist and bought by an art collector. For 10 years now he has been showing it in art galleries.

The former sex worker who set up a retirement home

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 10:32:57 GMT

After years of living and working on the streets of Mexico City, Carmen Munoz set up a retirement home for former - and homeless - sex workers.

Who was the abandoned man with no memory?

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 10:44:11 GMT

Police and social services were baffled when an elderly man with an American accent was found lost on the streets of the streets of Hereford. Who was he?

How Australia is stubbing out smoking

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:39:03 GMT

Australia has some of the world's toughest anti-smoking laws, but what can the rest of the world learn from its approach?

From relief to regret: Readers' experiences of abortion

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:34:36 GMT

Women share their feelings about their own abortions - from relief to regret.

The Trump era's top-selling dystopian novels

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:41:22 GMT

Donald Trump has sparked a sales bonanza for publishers of dystopian fiction - and his own books. Here are the five biggest sellers.

The women taking a gruelling test to be US Marines

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 10:44:10 GMT

The training to become a US marine is particularly challenging - for female recruits as well as their male counterparts.

Kenya’s catchy pop hit that took the world by storm

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:24:44 GMT

Teddy Kalanda Harrison and his brother Billy spoke to Witness about their song that became a global hit

Donating my kidney saved two lives

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 04:00:40 GMT

Jen donated a kidney to a stranger to make sure her husband would receive a kidney transplant.

How cute dogs became a symbol of protest

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:49:23 GMT

Romania's tale of puppy politics.

The Chinese people given enormous amounts of food - by their parents

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 01:24:47 GMT

Thousands of people are sharing photos of food their parents gave them after the Chinese New Year holiday.

Keeping Berlin fed during the Cold War

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:17:16 GMT

In 1948, the US led a daring mission to resupply West Berlin in the face of a Soviet blockade. Ulrich Kirschbaum was living in Berlin at the time.

Barber who gives free haircuts to young and unemployed

Mon, 06 Feb 2017 13:18:15 GMT

The London barber who gives free haircuts and advice to the young and unemployed.

Black Hawk Down: The Somali battle that changed US policy in Africa

Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:29:28 GMT

In 1993, elite US forces launched a disastrous raid in the Somali capital Mogadishu. Abdulaziz Ali Ibrahim was working with the UN in Somalia at the time.

Do we need a new word for vagina?

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:35:31 GMT

Boys have "willy" and girls need the same kind of word for their private parts, says Swedish social worker Anna Kosztovics.

The 19-year-old Dunkin' Donuts worker behind Ashley Judd's viral #NastyWoman poem

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:17:08 GMT

Meet the 19-year-old Dunkin' Donuts worker behind Ashley Judd's viral #NastyWoman poem.

The day Boris Yeltsin said goodbye to Russia

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 12:02:42 GMT

In 1999, Russian president Boris Yeltsin shocked the world by resigning during a TV address. His widow Naina Yeltsina remembers her husbands momentous decision.

Johnny Wright: The Instagram star who cuts Michelle Obama's hair

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 01:50:58 GMT

Throughout his time in the White House, Michelle Obama's personal hairdresser has become a flamboyant social media star.

Housing crisis: The man who led an entire street to take back control

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 10:53:28 GMT

In the 1970s, a radical architect led an entire street to roll up its sleeves and rebuild the houses that would otherwise have been bulldozed. Forty years later, the homes have become sought-after properties.

Quiz of the week's news

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 04:24:43 GMT

A weekly quiz of the news, 7 days 7 questions.

10 things we didn't know last week

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:51:16 GMT

Johnny Depp's alleged wine bill, and more news nuggets.

'Ready for honesty?' An anonymous message site takes off

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:28:36 GMT

A new site allows users to send and receive anonymous messages from people in their social networks.

Video of smoking iPhone 7 goes viral, and Depeche Mode rejects alt-right ties

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 17:55:17 GMT

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

Grey 'blob' takes seat in Ukraine parliament

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:51:53 GMT

MP brings mini copy of Dutch sculpture to parliament to shame absent colleagues.

Artist plans mock 'Pray for Sweden' event at embassy

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:28:01 GMT

Organiser says the ironic event is a protest against fake news.

Surviving the London sect that locked me away for 30 years

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 10:13:13 GMT

Katy Morgan-Davies spent the first 30 years of her life imprisoned by a cult in south London.

I had an abortion when money made the difference between life and death

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 10:32:34 GMT

Diane Munday, 80, had an abortion back at a time when gin and knitting needles could be used by backstreet abortionists - and were sometimes fatal.

'I'm allergic to my husband'

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 10:29:54 GMT

How one woman's rare disorder means a kiss from her husband could end up killing her.

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?