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The aunt and uncle you thought were mum and dad

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 23:44:42 GMT

What's it like to find out your parents are in fact your aunt and uncle? Those affected describe their feelings.

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?

Brryan Jackson: My father injected me with HIV

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:15:19 GMT

When Brryan Jackson's father injected his infant son with HIV-infected blood, he hoped he'd never see him grow up. More than two decades later, he's full of life and hope for the future.

Is Pravda coming to Scotland?

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:17:01 GMT

It was reported last week that the Russian news organisation, Pravda, was about to open an office in Scotland. Is this really true?

Strange friendships quiz

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:14:11 GMT

After learning that Julian Assange and Pamela Anderson are pals, can you identify some other unlikely friends?

Hollie McNish: The things new mothers aren't always told

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:24:29 GMT

Poet Hollie McNish has written many poems about her own experience of being a mother. She has now spent two months talking to other mums for Woman's Hour on BBC radio.

Talking politics at a speed-dating night

Tue, 18 Oct 2016 00:03:53 GMT

What happened when I went speed dating in Washington DC and talked about nothing but the election.

Jennicam: The first woman to stream her life on the internet

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:03:18 GMT

In 1996 Jennifer Ringley switched on a webcam and opened her life to the public for seven years. Then she logged off - completely. What was it all about?

How maths can get you locked up

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:34:23 GMT

Are algorithms used to give US criminals computer-generated "risk scores" as fair as they first appear?

Lava-hunting in trainers

Sat, 15 Oct 2016 23:20:48 GMT

An active volcano is a truly spectacular sight - but getting up close in the wrong footwear is a nerve-wracking business, finds Simon Parker.

Can song lyrics ever be poetry?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:10:23 GMT

Bob Dylan's Nobel Prize reignites the debate about whether song lyrics can ever be considered literature - is it time to finally tear down the cultural barriers?

US election: My secret life as a Texan Trump supporter

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 23:57:45 GMT

How I went from being a left-leaning north Londoner to becoming one of Texas's most prominent conservatives.

Is it all over for non-creepy clowns?

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:17:23 GMT

Professional clowns are struggling to fight back against the hysteria surrounding the "evil" imposters that threaten their livelihood - and even their safety.

Cheran: The town that threw out police, politicians and gangsters

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:05:31 GMT

In Mexico, organised crime reaches everywhere, even into the smallest village - except for one small town in the state of Michoacan.

In pictures: How a rebel fighter became 'Syria's Banksy'

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 23:08:55 GMT

A young Syrian street artist offers sharp and hopeful commentary on the country's ongoing civil war.

The dark depths of hatred for Hillary Clinton

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:26:31 GMT

Few US presidential candidates have been disliked as much as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton - but attacks on Clinton in particular have sometimes displayed open hatred. Why?

The debt-free alternative to university

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 01:33:08 GMT

Going to university is often thought of as a rite of passage for many young people, but some are breaking away from this tradition.

The Moroccan women fighting daily sexual harassment

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 23:41:31 GMT

In Morocco, it's not easy for women to walk the streets unmolested. Morgan Meaker hears from some who want to put an end to endemic harassment.

Why is the exposure of Elena Ferrante causing such outrage?

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:23:33 GMT

The unmasking of the true identity of Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has caused anger among her fans - why are they so upset, asks Lucy Alexander.

Why Seoul isn't fazed by North Korea's threats

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 23:34:56 GMT

Which presents the greater threat to South Korean daily life - North Korean missiles or Seoul's bus drivers?

Full refund: How good is your recall of these product recalls?

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:29:12 GMT

As Samsung stops manufacturing the Galaxy Note 7, how well do you remember these other product recalls?

In pictures: The family and the magpie who rescued each other

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 01:36:56 GMT

The family who rescued a magpie - which rescued them right back.

Basra Museum: How Saddam's palace was given to the people

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 23:51:41 GMT

One of Saddam Hussein's palaces in Basra is now home to the town's museum.

The model and the mullah: Pakistan's 'Kim Kardashian'

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:26:58 GMT

They called her Pakistan's "Kim Kardashian". The story of Qandeel Baloch's murder by her brother began with suggestive selfies with a prominent Muslim cleric. The first of a three-part series.

The Saudi teen arrested for flirting online

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:08:44 GMT

How online chats with an American YouTuber have got one Saudi teenager in trouble.

Who lives here now? The story of a £1m+ London terraced house

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:51:19 GMT

In 1986, the BBC followed a young, married couple as they moved into their new home in south London. After 30 years of rocketing house prices, we return to the same property to find a very different residential set-up.

Do people know how dangerous using a phone while driving is?

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 04:32:41 GMT

Every year in Great Britain, 20 people die in accidents caused by drivers using mobile phones. Do people understand the danger?

How the Chilean people brought down Pinochet

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 23:45:05 GMT

In a referendum in October 1988, Chileans voted to end General Pinochet's rule. Eugenio Garcia was in charge of the opposition's TV campaign.

The London hairdresser who offended Kim Jong-un

Sat, 08 Oct 2016 00:15:31 GMT

A salon in west London attracts customers from all over the world, thanks to a poster of the North Korean president that went viral two years ago.

Andri's amazing acrobatics

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:34:42 GMT

Teenage skier's jaw-dropping parkour routine impresses millions.

Why can some people study as they listen to music, while others can't?

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 23:51:00 GMT

Why is it some people can happily study to a soundtrack while others demand absolute silence?

The brutal Bangkok crackdown that was hushed up for years

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 23:33:17 GMT

Heavily armed Thai forces stormed Thammasat University campus, killing dozens of students to end protests and usher in another period of military rule.

Type 2 diabetes: How one mistake led a man to lose a foot

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 08:09:09 GMT

On average, 185 operations were carried out every week in the UK in 2014-15 to amputate the limbs of people with complications linked to diabetes.

Attica: The US prison rebellion that ended in carnage

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:19:04 GMT

In September 1971, inmates seized control of the Attica Correctional Facility in New York state - Carlos Roche was one of the prisoners.

The cat man of Aleppo

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 13:21:00 GMT

Meet Mohammad Alaa Jaleel. He lives in Aleppo, Syria, where many have fled, leaving behind their cats.

The BBC journalist assassinated with a poison-tipped umbrella

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:39:03 GMT

In September 1978, Bulgarian dissident and journalist Georgi Markov was killed with a poisoned umbrella in London. The doctor who tried to save his life recalls what happened.

The list: Who does Britain sell weapons to?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:13:39 GMT

As controversy surrounds sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia, the BBC examines the UK's trade in arms.

The love story that shocked the world

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:46:20 GMT

In 1948, an African prince, Seretse Khama, married a white middle-class clerk in the UK provoking shock in Britain and Africa.

Life and death on the lost streets of Chicago

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:33:14 GMT

WARNING: CONTAINS VERY STRONG LANGUAGE Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides passes 500. The BBC's Ian Pannell and Darren Conway explore a world where gangs and guns rule.

Chairman Mao's American comrade

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 08:36:54 GMT

On 9 September 1976, China's communist revolutionary leader Chairman Mao died. Sidney Rittenberg knew him well.

What goes on inside a Chinese 'legal high' factory?

Mon, 05 Sep 2016 23:40:19 GMT

BBC's undercover reporter shown Breaking Bad style lab making 'legal high' drugs to send to the UK.

The runner who triumphed after losing his sight

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 23:26:25 GMT

At the Paralympic Games in Sydney, Kenyan distance runner Henry Wanyoike won his first gold medal

Sporting pioneer

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 02:02:59 GMT

In September 1960, Margaret Maughan won Great Britain's first ever Paralympics medal.

Quiz of the week's news

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 00:03:18 GMT

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

10 things we didn't know last week

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 15:58:44 GMT

How fast an 85-year-old can run a marathon, and more news nuggets.

Today's buzz: London's guerrilla gardeners, Lineker's spanking and Uzbek cotton workers

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:32:50 GMT

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

Killing of Pedals 'the walking bear' sparks hunting debate

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 23:38:55 GMT

Officials defend hunters following outcry over slaying of bear who was social media star.

Russia to re-open 'drunk tanks' for World Cup

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 13:17:50 GMT

Sobering-up stations will be set up in 11 World Cup host cities.

Russian restaurant closes over dead warlord insult

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 11:21:04 GMT

Social media backlash over chef's comments forces St Petersburg restaurant to close.

How Sweden became an exporter of jihad

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 23:23:04 GMT

Sweden is often regarded as a model European state, but it has become one of the continent's biggest exporters of jihadists, per head of population.

Is magic's glass ceiling vanishing?

Fri, 07 Oct 2016 03:24:56 GMT

It's 25 years since women joined the ranks of the Magic Circle - but female magicians still only make up 5% of members.

Riba Stirling Prize 2016: Rural concrete house wins people's vote

Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:03:04 GMT

A sleek, modernist concrete house built in the middle of a rural beauty spot wins a BBC News vote to find readers' favourite new British building.

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?

Who, What, Why: Did Donald Trump use the word ‘bigly’?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:56:02 GMT

The Republican candidate appeared to use an unusual adverb in his debate against Hillary Clinton. Or did he?

Who, What, Why: What made electricity prices soar during a heatwave?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 12:25:45 GMT

UK electricity prices soared as much of the country has experienced a heatwave. Why was demand for energy so high when it was hot?

Who, What, Why: When can you sit in a reserved seat on a train?

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:34:37 GMT

Jeremy Corbyn has been criticised for being filmed sitting on the floor on a Virgin train when there were seats available. On a busy train, what is the deal with sitting in reserved but empty seats?

Who, What, Why: Why is it Team GB, not Team UK?

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 00:05:52 GMT

Who was this athlete whose record has taken two millennia to beat?

Who, What, Why: Who was Leonidas of Rhodes?

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:36:14 GMT

Who was this athlete whose record has taken two millennia to beat?

Why are women banned from Mount Athos?

Thu, 26 May 2016 23:00:50 GMT

Mount Athos in Greece may be the largest area in the world from which women - and female animals - are banned. What lies behind the ban?

How rare are bright blue lobsters?

Tue, 24 May 2016 23:56:10 GMT

Canadian fishermen have been celebrating after catching two bright blue lobsters. But just how unusual is this?

What happens when you're deported to Britain?

Tue, 24 May 2016 13:30:49 GMT

The process of starting from scratch in an unfamiliar country.