63-year old dance instructor: ‘Exercise saved my life’

According to the WHO South Africa has the highest obesity rate in Sub-Saharan Africa. But in the township of Tembisa, one lady is trying to inspire the community to get fit. 63-year-old Catherine Mathebe was unable walk without crutches due to her weight – but one day she heard a song on the radio and […]

Baby elephant takes first wobbly steps

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Tearful Jon Stewart rebukes Congress over 9/11 fund

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Lovers reunited 75 years on from WW2

In 1944, KT Robbins was stationed with his regiment in Briey, eastern France, where he fell in love with an 18-year-old French girl, Jeannine Pierson née Ganaye. Two months later, he had to leave the village in a hurry for the eastern front, leaving them both wondering whether they would ever meet again. He kept […]

Stateless in Africa: Why 700,000 have their ‘dreams ended’

Sixteen-year-old Peter should be preparing for his future by taking his final exams. However, he is one of the 700,000 stateless citizens in Africa, which means he won’t be able to finish his schooling. Peter is part of a small Shona community in Kenya, whose Zimbabwean ancestors travelled to Nairobi as missionaries in the 60s. […]

Why people are taking to the streets in Hong Kong

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Kathua child rape and murder: A mother’s fight for justice

Three men were jailed for life on Monday for the rape, torture and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir. The victim, who belonged to a Muslim nomadic tribe, was found in a forest near Kathua city in January 2018. Her mother told the BBC she had been willing to sell all her […]

Reunited 75 years on from WW2

In 1944, KT Robbins was stationed with his regiment in Briey, eastern France, where he fell in love with an 18-year-old French girl, Jeannine Pierson née Ganaye. Two months later, he had to leave the village in a hurry for the eastern front, leaving them both wondering whether they would ever meet again. He kept […]

China rains: Thousands stranded in southern China

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DR Congo’s Mbanza Ngungu prison saw 40 inmates die in 18 months

The Democratic Republic of Congo many challenges at present, not least the Ebola outbreak in the east, and a government struggling to assert itself after delayed elections. Meanwhile, on the margins of society, almost ignored, have come regular reports of prisoners dying in jails. In the town of Mbanza Ngungu in Kongo Central Province, at […]