‘My ex told everyone I had HIV’

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption'Helen' says messages she received from her stalker were "vile"When Helen was stalked by her ex-partner, she says his abusive messages made her feel "worthless". But she felt that the police did not take her seriously. Now one force is developing a...

Yes we Canvey? Why the island wants independence

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Image caption Occupying seven square miles off the coast of Essex, Canvey Island is home to more than 40,000 people They are two battles for independence taking place 700 miles apart: one fighting for the future of Catalonia, the other for the reclaimed land of Canvey Island.While Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont...

JFK assassination: Questions that won’t go away

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Image copyright PA On Thursday, classified files about the Kennedy assassination will be released - but what might they show?Where were you when Kennedy was shot? Toni Glover was there, in Dallas, watching by the side of the road. She was 11 years old."I had a troubled childhood," she says."I...

What Kenya’s vote means for Africa

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionKenya's election re-run explainedThis week's presidential election re-run in Kenya has implications not only for the country but also for much of the continent, says the BBC's new Africa editor, Fergal Keane. The last days have passed in a swirl of chanting...

The blogger who ‘disappeared’ in Pakistan

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Image caption Aasim Saeed says he was taken to a secret detention facility and beaten A Pakistani blogger who went missing earlier this year has applied for asylum in Britain after alleging he was tortured by a "state intelligence agency" during his disappearance. Aasim Saeed was one of a group...

The couple who’ve climbed the world’s 14 highest mountains

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Image copyright Nives Meroi Husband-and-wife mountaineering team Romano Benet and Nives Meroi were attempting a winter ascent of the world's fifth-highest mountain, Makalu, when things went badly wrong. It was the first of two serious challenges that could have brought their climbing careers, and even their lives, to an end.The...

In pictures: Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya

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Image copyright Salman Saeed / BBC Image caption Confused and scared, two-year-old Hazera holds on to her mother after reaching Bangladesh from Myanmar Myanmar's military has brutally evicted over half a million Muslim Rohingya people from the country's northern Rakhine state. The UN human rights office says their homes and...

Russell Brand: We’re all on the spectrum

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Image caption Brand's latest book deals with his own addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex and fame Addiction and mental health may not be the kinds of issues you'd normally expect to be addressed at a stand-up comedy gig.But Russell Brand has never been your conventional comedian - and it's precisely...

E-cigarettes: Cross-party group of MPs launches inquiry

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MPs are to carry out an inquiry into e-cigarettes amid concerns there are "significant gaps" in what is known about them and how they are regulated. The science and technology committee will look at their effectiveness as a stop-smoking tool and the impact of their growing use on health.Nearly three...