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Andiamo: How a boy died and his parents had a medical brainwave

Mon, 20 Mar 2017 02:42:20 GMT

A couple who struggled for years to get the braces their disabled child needed to sit in a chair have found a way to make them in hours rather than months.

Why it's hard to be a Kevin in France

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:08:23 GMT

What happens when your name is perfectly reasonable in your home country, but raises a sympathetic smile when you're abroad?

The most fashionable Englishwoman in Paris

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:17:26 GMT

It was the place to be in 19th Century Paris - the city's most successful political and literary salon. And it was run by a remarkable Englishwoman.

The mystery of the murder in the Lucky Holiday Hotel

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:42:21 GMT

The murder of Neil Heywood in China in 2011 brought one to an end the career of one top Chinese politician - and allowed another, Xi Jinping, to amass huge personal power.

'A lovely man': The woman who dated the Man on the Moor

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 19:22:21 GMT

One of the few people with any insight into the puzzle behind the man's death was Maureen Toogood.

Mama Yuli: The trans women's leader no-one messes with

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:13:50 GMT

Mama Yuli is the leader and protector of Indonesia's transgender Waria, at a time when Islamic vigilantes make leadership more crucial than ever.

Why I bought my daughter heroin

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:09:19 GMT

What would you do if your child was a heroin addict suffering from acute withdrawal symptoms?

The window cleaner who fell from a skyscraper and lived

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:38:57 GMT

The story of window cleaner Alcides Moreno who survived a 47-storey fall from a New York skyscraper

How India's 'Real Marigold Hotel' changed my life

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 01:18:40 GMT

Sheila Ferguson joined a group of celebrities in Kerala to see what it would be like to retire there.

The family that wouldn't let PTSD drive them apart

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 01:56:07 GMT

Keith Collard's wife and daughter were determined that his post-combat trauma wouldn't destroy them as a family.

Travelling the world with cats and a dog

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 01:05:13 GMT

The BBC's Andrew Harding on the ups and downs of looking after domestic animals when you're posted around the world.

'I saved commuter who dropped her phone on tracks'

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 00:49:53 GMT

The powerful lure of smartphones has created a heads-down culture in many public places. John Mervin in New York came across someone who just might benefit from a little digital detox.

Mixed-race couple: 'The priest refused to marry us'

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:27:04 GMT

Trudy and Barclay Patoir met when mixed-race relationships were still taboo. More than 70 years later they reveal the obstacles they overcame.

The Brits hurrying to become German citizens

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:26:59 GMT

The Brexit debate in the UK is focusing on the rights of EU migrants in the country, among them about 300,000 Germans. But how are the 100,000 Brits in Germany feeling?

Why do people swear?

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 01:23:47 GMT

If you see the F-word spelled out with all four letters, are you more offended than when you read F with asterisks? And if so, why?

Semyon Gluzman: Meeting a Soviet-era dissident again after 35 years

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:43:08 GMT

In the Soviet Union rare individuals campaigned for human rights at great personal expense. One was psychiatrist Semyon Gluzman, who now sees a bright future for his new country, Ukraine.

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.

Could this be Britain's cheapest supermarket?

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 05:25:24 GMT

The average price of an item at Nifties in Dover is 60p.

Richard Nixon’s historic visit to Communist China

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:00:17 GMT

In 1972, President Nixon became the first president to visit China in 22 years. Winston Lord was there

How did a 13-year-old boy become a murderer?

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 00:33:27 GMT

When he was still a child Jeremiah Hill shot a man in Florida, killing him.

The parents who created a drug to save their daughters

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:11:17 GMT

When their twins were diagnosed with a fatal illness Chris and Hugh Hempel developed a new medicine.

Photographing the Russian Empire in colour

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 01:45:23 GMT

Pioneering photographer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii developed innovative techniques to capture parts of the Russian Empire in colour for the first time.

Life as a plane-scrapping goat farmer

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:53:20 GMT

Aaron salvages plane wrecks. Danielle runs a daycare. But their main love is running a goat farm as a family.

Why I sleep in a fortress in the woods

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 01:21:52 GMT

Inside the camp where Middle Englanders and eco-warriors have united against plans to drill for oil.

The mysterious death of conspiracy theorist Max Spiers

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:48:38 GMT

Max Spiers's death led to rumours about aliens and a satanic cult but how did he really die?

Could Max Spiers's last interview help explain his death?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:02:27 GMT

Investigating the final days of Max Spiers, a British conspiracy theorist who dies in Poland.

Killed for Christ in the Amazon

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:45:17 GMT

In 1956, five US Christian missionaries flew into the Amazon hoping to convert the remote Huaorani tribesmen to Christianity. Days later they were murdered in a brutal attack.

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

Quiz of the week's news

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:08:53 GMT

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

10 things we didn't know last week

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 02:02:03 GMT

Matthew Perry once beat up Justin Trudeau, and more news nuggets.

Londoners share images of unity and strength after Westminster attack

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:59:11 GMT

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

The daredevils feeding a dangerous Russian craze

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 01:41:55 GMT

A number of young Russians are making names for themselves by posting videos of life-threatening stunts online.

Concern over tourists taking crystals from Iceland mine

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:11:56 GMT

Officials warn a historic site may have to close because visitors keep removing its crystals.

Tonga gives away thousands of chicks in anti-fat drive

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 14:55:23 GMT

Agriculture ministry hopes the initiative will stop people buying fatty imported meat.

Did Trump win because his name came first in key states?

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:50:11 GMT

A leading US political scientists thinks Donald Trump is president because his name came first on the ballot in some critical swing states.

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?

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?