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My dad jokes about my first period

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:22:49 GMT

Comedian Gary Meikle is a single dad - when his daughter got her first period she turned to him.

Andy Murray: Tennis women make the same sacrifices as men

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 23:47:39 GMT

Andy Murray says he never set out to be a spokesperson for women's equality, but for BBC 100 Women, he writes about his hopes for a level playing field.

The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC

Sat, 16 Sep 2017 23:02:24 GMT

How the East German secret police caught a young man who wrote letters to the BBC during the Cold War.

My life on a plate

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 00:59:28 GMT

The revealing stories food bank meals tell

A 'goodbye kiss' to Cassini

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:23:37 GMT

Cassini's epic journey to the ringed planet, told by the people who helped make it happen

Starting from scratch in Uganda

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:11:40 GMT

Uganda took in more refugees than any other country last year and provided them all with land. But they have to clear it and build a home themselves.

100 Women: ‘I dye my hair brown to be taken more seriously at work’

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:54:28 GMT

A Silicon Valley CEO reveals her secret to getting ahead in business - darkening her blonde hair, wearing glasses and dressing in loose-fitting clothes.

The Liverpool app that sidesteps the banks

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:00:46 GMT

Israeli company Colu has launched a digital currency in Liverpool, which is only open to locally-owned and run businesses.

100 Women: 'I didn't mean to plead guilty'

Thu, 14 Sep 2017 00:41:31 GMT

As part of BBC 100 Women, one former inmate in Sierra Leone explains how she ended up in prison partly because she couldn't read.

I wish I'd told my son he could start again after dropping out

Sat, 09 Sep 2017 23:41:00 GMT

When Zoe's son went to university he stopped answering calls and eventually dropped out. A year later he was dead.

My brother’s killer is now my friend

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 23:15:44 GMT

Denise Taylor spent more than a decade trying to get her brother's killer out of prison.

How one girl's illness changed what a nation eats

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 23:20:13 GMT

How one child's illness led to a revolution in Dutch farming and dramatically reduced the use of antibiotic drugs.

G4S: 'What I saw when I went undercover'

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:33:50 GMT

Callum, 21, is a whistleblower. This is the story of how he exposed violence and abuse at an immigration detention centre.

I was a neo-Nazi. Then I fell in love with a black woman

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:42:16 GMT

She was a violent white supremacist. But an encounter in prison changed Angela King's life forever.

How the demand for sand is killing rivers

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 23:46:35 GMT

Demand for sand in Kenya is driving the illegal sand harvesting industry, causing loss of ecosystems and even deaths.

My partner vanished without warning. I had to find him

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:08:41 GMT

Kirsty and Zack had just celebrated the birth of their son when Zack vanished. Kirsty was determined to track him down.

Inside the bridal store for refugees

Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:33:54 GMT

Meet the woman who dresses refugee brides

Why I became a jihadist poetry critic

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:43:44 GMT

Osama bin Laden, like other jihadists, wrote poems. These might not win any literary prizes, but Elisabeth Kendall believes they could help fight extremism.

The city that just can't stop growing

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 20:44:11 GMT

Thirty years from now the population of Nigeria will have doubled. How can Lagos - Africa's largest city - cope with its spiralling numbers?

Does the world need polymaths?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:53:56 GMT

Is there a role in today's world for the polymath - someone who knows a lot about a lot of things?

Lele Tao: The 'online goddess' who earns $450k a year

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 21:46:57 GMT

24-year-old live streamer Lele Tao has one million fans, mostly young men. The first of a three-part series.

The brainwashed teens fleeing to Europe

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:13:04 GMT

On the streets of Europe, we meet teenage boys trained by IS. Their testimony reveals wide-ranging plans to turn children into killers.

Saudi Arabia's missing princes

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 23:57:39 GMT

In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government.

'Upskirting': It happened to me

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:46:21 GMT

After Gina Martin took a stand against 'upskirting', we asked if readers had ever experienced it. They had.

Invasion of the jellyfish: Is it time to get frying?

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 23:19:26 GMT

With jellyfish numbers increasing rapidly in the Mediterranean, one biologist says if we can't beat them we should eat them.

Me and my scar: It took me 45 years to love my body

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 23:11:38 GMT

Sylvia Mac spent most of her life trying to hide the scars which cover her body - the legacy of a childhood accident. But at the age of 48, she decided it was time to stop hiding.

The Italian highlanders who may have Scottish roots

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 23:17:29 GMT

Legend has it that a group of Scots settled in the Italian Alps in 1525 and never left. Could it possibly be true?

Cam-girls: Inside the Romanian sexcam industry

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:47:43 GMT

In Romania, thousands of women work as "cam-girls", earning money by undressing and talking to clients on the other side of the world.

Upskirting - how one victim is fighting back

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:50:15 GMT

Gina Martin explains what happened after she had a photograph taken up her skirt without her consent.

Walls of water: Hokusai and the Great Wave of Camberwell

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 23:16:39 GMT

A London mural of Hokusai's Great Wave was nearly destroyed when a drug lab exploded next door, but there are many more on walls around the world.

Feeling 1% more 'Elvis' in a little town in Germany

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 23:54:24 GMT

Bad Nauheim is very proud of its connection to the King of Rock of Roll.

Kenya election: The men of violence making a fresh start

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 23:18:25 GMT

Ten years after a contested election led to 1,500 deaths in Kenya, two perpetrators of that violence are trying to prevent a repetition.

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 01:18:23 GMT

Gordon Hartman realised there were no parks where his daughter Morgan, who is disabled, could play. So he decided to build one.

She rang me as bombs fell... Then she vanished

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 23:35:06 GMT

A mother pleaded for help from an air raid shelter. A BBC reporter then tried to track her down.

The man who has focused on one word for 23 years

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:47:47 GMT

For the last 23 years, US diplomat Matthew Nimetz has been trying to resolve the dispute over Macedonia's name.

A country divided: How it affected me

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 23:38:01 GMT

Personal stories from the time when British colonial India became two new countries - India and Pakistan.

Beaten up for being gay

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 01:08:32 GMT

Six people affected by homophobic hate crimes share their stories.

Calling your husband by name for the first time

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 23:26:00 GMT

Millions of Indian women have never used their husband's name - it's a way of showing respect for him. But campaigners are now urging some of them to change their ways.

Did antidepressants help make this man a mass-murderer?

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 09:37:21 GMT

Did the antidepressant sertraline help make Batman Killer James Holmes a mass-murderer?

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

The women who fed the UK in World War Two

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:23:15 GMT

During World War Two, women and girls volunteered for farm work to produce vital food supplies.

'It's OK to make mayonnaise while on your period'

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 23:11:54 GMT

No more myths: Lahatra, a scoutmaster and science teacher, tells boys the truth about periods.

The first men to walk the Great Wall of China

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 23:01:59 GMT

Three friends finished their epic trek along the Great Wall of China in September 1985.

The wedding that broke centuries of tradition

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 23:37:25 GMT

In 1959, Japan's Crown Prince Akihito married a non-royal bride.

Bristol mum: 'I had to go without food so the children could eat'

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 01:11:40 GMT

Toni's children live below the poverty line, so summer lunch club is a lifeline.

'I was groomed and sexually abused by 30 or 40 men'

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 23:04:30 GMT

From the age of 13, 'Ben' was abused by older men but says he was ignored by the authorities.

'The greatest gift you can give is forgiveness': Growing up a sex worker’s daughter

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 23:21:29 GMT

Laal Batti Express explores how the daughters of Mumbai's red light district found power in forgiveness.

How PrEP changed Matt's life

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 23:27:59 GMT

How taking pre-exposure drugs revolutionised one gay man's relationship with sex.

Silk Road: Google search unmasked Dread Pirate Roberts

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 00:18:00 GMT

The man who beat the FBI to identify the mastermind of global online drugs market Silk Road.

Canvey Island is at high-risk of flooding. Experts say rising sea levels mean one day it will be underwater.

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 23:25:43 GMT

There are some parts of Essex which are low lying which are bordering close to the ocean. Experts say rising sea levels mean one day it will be underwater

The palace in India where time stood still

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 23:34:13 GMT

The Raja of Mahmudabad speaks to Witness about the effects of partition on his family

The birth of the water baby

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 23:04:10 GMT

In 1977 a state hospital near Paris began changing the way women gave birth.

The call centre for ex-gangsters

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 00:09:16 GMT

Chris, who spent years in a US prison, has restarted his life in Mexico in the most unexpected place

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.

7 days quiz: Who, what or where is the 'Dutch reach'?

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 01:00:12 GMT

7 days quiz: Who, what or where is the 'Dutch reach'?

10 things we didn't know last week

Sat, 26 Aug 2017 23:08:15 GMT

Eminem says he's moving to Scotland - and other news nuggets.

Neo-Nazi site finds home in Iceland

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 15:47:53 GMT

The neo-Nazi Daily Stormer site, chased off the internet in the wake of Charlottesville, has found a company willing to host it in Iceland.

Harassed women are Facebook tagging this man for help

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 12:41:50 GMT

Egyptian police officer and fitness guru Mina Samir says it is his duty to help cyberstalked women.

Ukraine women's football clip prompts online sexism row

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 12:04:44 GMT

A Ukrainian TV promotion for a women's football game scores an own goal with many on social media.