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'I took my wife's name - and then the hassle began'

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 01:51:14 GMT

Two men describe the difficulties they experienced when they took their wife's last name.

The country breeding a generation of chess whizz kids

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:34:26 GMT

Since 2011, all children in Armenia from six to eight years old have compulsory chess lessons - and some now are very good indeed.

The playboy who got away with $242m – using ‘black magic’

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:27:07 GMT

How Foutanga Babani Sissoko pulled off one of the most audacious confidence tricks of all time.

When mental health gets physical

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:18:20 GMT

Like Minds: spotting the physical symptoms of mental health.

Quiz: Who's carrying the clubs?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:08:34 GMT

7 days quiz: It's the weekly news quiz - have you been paying attention to what's been going on in the world over the past seven days?

World Hacks: ‘How improv helped me beat anxiety’

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:06:03 GMT

The class aiming to improve people's mental health by teaching them how to ad-lib.

'I fixed a butterfly's broken wing to remember my mother'

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:28:02 GMT

Romy McCluskey's late mother said butterflies were a sign she would always be with her. Those words inspired a remarkable act.

'Hun, this could be your opportunity to get rich'

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 08:48:51 GMT

We hear from multi-level marketing, or MLM success stories, as well as women who say they've lost thousands of pounds.

Meet me on the bridge: Discovering the truth about my parents after 20 years

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:08:10 GMT

When she was 20, American Kati Pohler discovered her Chinese birth parents were searching for her.

Risky dinner: Foraging for food under the frozen sea ice

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:14:34 GMT

For a few days a year, Inuits in Canada risk their lives to gather mussels under the frozen sea ice.

Twerking through trauma

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:20:52 GMT

Kelechi Okafor is a twerk instructor in South London. For her, twerking is more than shaking your bum. It's a feminist movement.

The children keeping their local care home young and fun

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 00:11:06 GMT

Babies and toddlers are bringing singing and music into their local care home in north-east London.

Breaking taboos with tattoos

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:48:58 GMT

21 year old Heleena Mistry uses traditional Indian designs in her tattoos

Travelling 2,000 miles to cook for strangers

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 00:28:33 GMT

Ghafoor Hussain travels 2,000 miles to cook dinner for migrants on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Could farming rhinos save them from extinction?

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:02:09 GMT

John Hume argues that legalising the sale of rhino horn could stop the animals being poached.

God's giant miracle carrots

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 23:59:12 GMT

Ben Zand spends time with Guatemala's huge evangelical community visiting Pastor Sanchez, from the town of Almolonga.

'My journey to be present at son's birth'

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:07:24 GMT

Safwan left Syria with his pregnant wife with the aim of reaching northern Europe, their journey took several months.

Lego: The invention of the legendary brick

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 00:09:50 GMT

The Lego brick was invented in Billund by Godtfred Kirk Christiansen in 1958.

Holocaust Memorial Day: Eva Behar, 93, was in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen

Fri, 26 Jan 2018 01:26:16 GMT

What can we learn from a Holocaust survivor? 27 January is Holocaust Memorial Day.

'From a home and job to sleeping rough'

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 02:15:31 GMT

Homeless-by-sea: How we ended up sleeping rough by the coast - 12 personal stories.

The women who fought to make Canada's national anthem gender-neutral

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:04:22 GMT

After decades of hailing its sons, Canada's national anthem no longer leaves its daughters out. Changing it took years of pressure.

You're on the verge of losing everything - but you don’t understand why

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:15:54 GMT

A run of bad luck left one man struggling to make sense of the UK benefits system - and at risk of losing his home.

I advertised for a man to get me pregnant - then I fell in love

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 00:42:58 GMT

Thirty-something Jessica was eager to get pregnant, but her relationships kept failing. It was time for a totally new approach.

'He wasn't happy until he had me all to himself'

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:12:50 GMT

Three people who were psychologically abused by controlling partners share their disturbing stories.

The serial killer and two unsolved murders

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 00:33:14 GMT

Unravelling a 40-year-old mystery

The day I accidentally killed a little boy

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 00:46:17 GMT

Maryann Gray was a 22-year-old graduate when a tragic accident on an everyday car journey changed her life forever.

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - and his secret love

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 00:50:00 GMT

For more than 50 years, Lale Sokolov kept quiet about his job at the Nazi death camp.

The mystery of the baby in the box

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 01:43:34 GMT

Robin was abandoned as a baby 74 years ago. Now thanks to DNA and his daughter's detective work he finally knows where he came from.

My father, the Catholic priest who doesn't want to know me

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 00:01:04 GMT

For years Sarah Thomas's mother refused to tell her who her father was, but at the age of 12 she found out the truth.

War and fertility: How losing a pregnancy in Iraq changed my approach to miscarriage

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 01:12:49 GMT

When writer Amy McTighe had a miscarriage on a visit to Iraq, it gave her unexpected insights into her own situation.

The 'completely childish' man hanged for murder

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:53:59 GMT

One of the last two men hanged in the UK was mentally unstable - but his lawyers didn't plead diminished responsibility. So was it a miscarriage of justice?