‘My sister was raped by three soldiers in South Sudan’

People in the South Sudanese town of Yei have been giving harrowing testimony of what they allege happened to them and their relatives at the hands of government soldiers. The army denies that civilians are targeted. But the people say they are the victims in the ongoing civil war. Three of them have been talking […]

How Brazil’s ‘Valley of Death’ drastically cut pollution

Cubatao in Brazil was notorious for lethally high levels of air pollution, which led to malformations in newborn babies and widespread health problems. But by the early 1990s, the city known as the “Valley of Death” had fought back, cutting pollution levels by 90%. However, Cubatao is still among the most polluted cities in the […]

Mexico firework village of Tultepec holds fiery fiesta

9 March 2017 Last updated at 14:04 GMT A Mexican village where tonnes of fireworks exploded killing dozens last year goes ahead with a fiery fiesta marking the Catholic festival of San Juan de Dios. Mexico firework village of Tultepec holds fiery fiesta

Watching the scratching bear is good for you

Research from BBC Earth and the University of California has found that watching nature programmes is good for you. The study, part of the Real Happiness Project, discovered watching Planet Earth II, increased people’s feelings of awe, contentedness, and joy. Enjoy. Watching the scratching bear is good for you

‘Why I’m no longer a white supremacist’

A former white supremacist is in the UK. He is a founding member of the largest racist skinhead organisation in the world. He is here because he is part of the F word exhibition, F is for Forgiveness at the Oxo gallery in London. Arno Michaelis told the Today programme his mission is now to […]

Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium abandoned

Just months after the Olympics, a dispute over the condition of Brazil’s Maracana stadium has erupted. The building has been damaged by looters and has lain empty as clubs and authorities argue over who should manage it. Rio’s iconic Maracana stadium abandoned

Ukraine: Inside civilians’ living nightmare

In eastern Ukraine, one woman has told the BBC she cannot tell her grandson his mother is dead after another night of heavy shelling. Government forces and Russian-backed rebels have accused each other of attacking civilians as fighting intensifies, with some of the heaviest clashes just over 10 miles from rebel-held Donetsk. Tom Burridge reports […]

Kenya herdsmen clash with police in land conflict

Traditional herdsmen in Kenya have come into conflict with security forces after moving their cattle onto private land. They claim drought has forced them to drive their herds to the areas, but tourist lodges and farms have been damaged. Alastair Leithead reports. Kenya herdsmen clash with police in land conflict