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Why an American went to Cuba for cancer care

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:49:51 GMT

Judy Ingels is defying the embargo by flying to Havana for treatment.

Living with the dead

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:41:22 GMT

What is it like when the dead are a constant part of day-to-day life?

The city where children fend for themselves

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 23:34:06 GMT

In 1937, Jorge Amado published Captains of the Sands, a novel about a gang of orphans living in Salvador, Brazil. Eighty years on, little has changed.

I was blinded by my contact lens

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 02:42:46 GMT

A rare infection left Irenie Ekkeshis blind in one eye - and it seems she may have caught it simply by handling her contact lenses with wet fingers.

In pictures: How one woman cycled from London to Iran

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 23:21:32 GMT

Rebecca Lowe tells the story of her one-woman journey in photographs.

'My Airbnb flat was turned into a pop-up brothel'

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:24:08 GMT

A landlord who discovered unusual goings on in his holiday let tells his story.

The jockey who raced again after reading his own obituary

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 00:28:24 GMT

When jockey Declan Murphy suffered a disastrous fall, his death was reported in the Racing Post. But 18 months later he raced again - and won.

Jeff De Young: The dog who saved my life and came to live with me

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:37:42 GMT

Jeff De Young served in Afghanistan with a bomb-detection dog named Cena N641, a black Labrador. In the intense atmosphere of war they developed an unbreakable bond.

One man's hunt for his brothers' killers

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:54:49 GMT

Eighteen years after three young Albanian-Americans were tortured and killed, a family's fight for justice goes on.

Dying in prison: Two women's stories

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:26:21 GMT

The number of women who died in prison in England and Wales reached a record 22 last year. Here are two of them.

'I was sterilised against my will'

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:01:03 GMT

Victoria Vigo woke from an emergency caesarean to find she had been sterilised - without her consent. Now she is demanding justice.

Cherry Healey: 'How being a single mum shattered my prejudices'

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 23:07:21 GMT

Single mothers have often been stigmatised and denounced. Cherry Healey explains why she's proud to be one.

Jenna Cook: The adopted girl claimed by 50 birth families

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:01:36 GMT

When Jenna Cook returned from the US to China to search for her birth family, more than 50 candidates came forward - but were any of them a match?

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 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?

'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.

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.

My dad, Charlie Chaplin

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 21:19:00 GMT

The world’s most iconic silent movie star was accused of communist sympathies and refused re-entry into the USA. He spent 20 years in exile, before eventually returning in April 1972 to receive a special Oscar award. Chaplin’s son Eugene spoke to Witness about his father.

Small island's postal service takes on a global problem

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:00:25 GMT

Could postal workers help solve the social care crisis?

Labia stretching: Why some British girls are told to do it

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:39:02 GMT

There's evidence that it's happening to children in the UK, even though it's illegal.

How Princess Diana changed attitudes to Aids

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:08:58 GMT

In April 1987, Princess Diana opened the UK’s first purpose built HIV/Aids unit. John O’Reilly was a nurse on the ward at the time.

'You just never know if you'll make it back'

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 23:36:06 GMT

Michelle was just 13 when she first volunteered as a paramedic in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

Why things really are more fun when you're a teenager

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 00:07:54 GMT

An experiment involving teenager Matt reveals why young people really do have more fun than adults.

Why this girl didn't speak at school until she was seven

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:19:15 GMT

Could music therapy help some children with selective mutism?

Selling my fertility changed the law in Britain

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 01:07:00 GMT

In 1985, Kim Cotton became Britain's first commercial surrogate mother

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.

Quiz of the week's news

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:01:26 GMT

Weekly quiz: In which country were men holding hands this week?

10 things we didn't know last week

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 00:26:16 GMT

Everything you know about your memory may be wrong, and more news nuggets.

Calls to boycott French election and Saudis celebrate exam change

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 14:23:44 GMT

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

Fears over fake Bieber and Styles accounts

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:10:02 GMT

Law enforcement agencies around the world are concerned about an increase in fake celebrity social media accounts.

Man lived above Japanese toilet for three years

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 10:17:56 GMT

Unemployed Japanese man arrested for trespassing after his loft accommodation is discovered.

Political party helps Georgians dodge the draft

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 11:14:53 GMT

Group sets up a religious order to exploit a loophole in the law.

'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.

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?

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?