Alex Gavey

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Home for Christmas thanks to a stranger's air miles

<b>Dreams of spending Christmas at home with family will come true for at least ten people who'd thought they were going to be spending the festive season apart, all thanks to a businessman's enterprising scheme.</b><p>As BBC Trending recently reported, Peter Shankman offered to donate his many thousands of …

Bosnian school pupils reject ethnic divisions

<b>Secondary school pupils in a Bosnian town have started the new school year together despite political attempts to separate them along ethnic lines.</b><p>Education in Bosnia-Herzegovina is not controlled at a national level, and three separate curricula are used in different parts of the country depending …

Michael Conlan rewards fan who gave him consolation medal

<b>The five-year-old fan whose letter to Michael Conlan went viral during the Rio Olympics has been given his own prize by the Belfast boxer.</b><p>Finn McManus was presented with custom-made boxing gloves during RTÉ's The Late Late Show on Friday night.<p>The Dublin boy had written to the 24-year-old after he …

How a murdered woman became invisible in the coverage of her death

<i>The Guardian reported on Monday that five members of the same family, had been found dead at a house in Co Cavan, Ireland in what police were treating as a case of murder-suicide.</i><p><i>It transpired that a school vice-principal, Alan Hawe, has stabbed his wife, Clodagh, to death along with his three sons</i> …

Crime

Scotland welcomes 1,000th Syrian refugee

Scotland has welcomed its 1,000th Syrian refugee, almost exactly a year after the image of three-year-old Alan Kurdi’s drowned corpse washed up on a Turkish beach galvanised the global response to the humanitarian crisis.<p>The milestone, which was reached after 120 refugees arrived in Scotland in the …

Scottish Government

Pregnant women hail hero Tube worker 'Pip' for securing rush hour seats

<b>A mother who wrote a gushing Facebook tribute to a London Underground worker who helps pregnant women get a seat on the Tube during the morning rush hour says she was inspired by the realisation that he must have assisted thousands of people over the years with their "hellish commute".</b><p>A post on the …

One Year Out: “Now I want to do the small things that just mean so much”

Norman Brown is ”free, and I’m letting myself know I’m free”<p><i>This week, The Washington Post is highlighting individuals whose sentences were commuted</i> …

Cherry Blossoms

I wasn't afraid. I took a stand in Baton Rouge because enough is enough

It was 1am in Queens, New York. I was 18 years old. My roommate and I just wanted to buy some juice on our journey home from working night shifts in Manhattan. But as we came up to the busy corner store, a white police officer stopped me. He searched me and asked for my identification. I didn’t …

Baton Rouge

Woman marries Twitter bookshop crush

<b>A couple who met over Twitter have found their marriage is now trending on the social media site.</b><p>Victoria and Jonathan O'Brien got together after Victoria took a shine to the person behind the tweets for a Waterstones bookshop account and got in touch.<p>Mr O'Brien, the man behind the posts, had built …

How to stay happy when the sky is falling in

Brexit, Zika, gun violence, the England football team: there’s been no shortage of bad news lately. Here’s how to look on the bright side<p>Seen from a certain perspective, the last few months on planet Earth have been pretty unreservedly amazing. Nobody died from smallpox. Almost nobody contracted …

Comic Books

Welsh woman on bus shuts down racist who told Muslim passenger to 'speak English'

<b>A Muslim woman was apparently told she "should really be speaking English" by a stranger on a bus, when she was actually speaking Welsh.</b><p>Fellow passenger Tom Bradbury says he saw the moment as he got a rail replacement bus from Cardiff to Newport.<p>He told Newsbeat that the man intervened as the woman …

Muhammad Ali letter proves knock-out as Armagh clinch Gaelic football's big prize

<b>Muhammad Ali inspired thousands to achieve greatness and even played a part in helping Armagh claim the most prestigious prize in Gaelic football.</b><p>Signed letters from the world champion boxer were slipped under the door of the players' hotel rooms, the morning of the 2002 championship final.<p>Hugh …

Stanford sexual assault case: victim impact statement in full

A sexual assault victim has written an unflinching account of the crime and its aftermath and delivered it directly to her attacker in court.<p>After midnight on 18 January 2015, Brock Turner was witnessed sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus of Stanford University in …

Empathy

'Muhammad Ali was my pen pal for 30 years'

<b>Stephanie Meade from Seattle, Washington first wrote to Muhammad Ali when she was 10 years old. More than 30 years later, they were still corresponding. Here, she tells BBC News about how these letters changed her life.</b><p>To the world, he was an incredible athlete and humanitarian - but, to me, he was …

Plane turned around for couple to visit dying grandson

<b>A pilot allowed an elderly couple to get off a plane moments before take-off so they could visit their dying grandson in hospital.</b><p>They had boarded the Abu Dhabi-bound aircraft at Manchester Airport when they received a text message about their relative's condition.<p>The flight, which had been taxiing …

I'm on the Kill List. This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones

I am in the strange position of knowing that I am on the ‘Kill List’. I know this because I have been told, and I know because I have been targeted …

Terrorism

Britain lecturing the world on morality? That’s rich

As ever, the King James version adds a literary edge to one of the most dramatic tales of the Old Testament. In Genesis 18:24, Abraham is appealing to God’s good nature as he attempts to save the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah from the Almighty’s ultimate sanction. “Peradventure there be fifty …

Money Laundering

Big Issue seller marries woman he met when she asked him for change

A romance began when a homeless man gave a passerby 50p for her electricity meter – now the couple have pledged to spend the rest of their lives together.<p>Jack Richardson met Toni Osborne two and a half years ago. She said she did not have any spare change and explained her own parlous situation, …

Love Stories

Caitlin Moran: how to start – and win – an argument online

As citizens, so much of our political conversation – perhaps the majority of it – happens on social media these days. If social media really is the awakening of a global consciousness – us all becoming one gigantic brain – then it is little wonder that this birth of a 7 billion-part “us” is, …

Red Carpet

Patrick O'Connell: 'Barcelona FC saviour' they called 'Don Patricio'

<b>They called him 'Don Patricio' - he was the Irishman who rose through the footballing ranks from Belfast Celtic to captain Manchester United and going on to win the name of "Barcelona Saviour".</b><p>He was a legend in Spain, but died in poverty in London and lies in an unmarked grave.<p>The story of the …

I won’t join the Letwin lynch mob. We need a more serious discussion on race

Of course Oliver Letwin’s observations to Margaret Thatcher after the Broadwater Farm disturbances were outrageous in 1985. They remain so today. The sheer casual dismissiveness towards black Britain displayed by Letwin and his co-author, Hartley Booth (now a Methodist minister), takes the breath …

Conservative Party

You would never know I'm crying after I answer your 999 call

It’s 11pm on Saturday night and I’ve been at work for four hours. My friends and partner are at dinner – playing games, chatting, catching up. They do this most weekends. I don’t. My colleagues don’t. We have to cover the emergency services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.<p>I’ve worked …

Medicine

UK Floods: Hebden Bridge Man Delivers Impassioned Message To Foreign Aid Critics

A scorching rant hitting out at those claiming foreign aid should be diverted to help UK flood victims has surfaced, after the North of England …

A moment that changed me – the Christmas I didn’t get any presents

On Christmas Day in 2012, when I was 14, I didn’t get a single Christmas present.<p>This wasn’t a surprise. It was what I had asked for. A week before we returned to Nigeria for the Christmas holidays, I decided that instead of presents, I wanted donations to buy presents for the children in the local …

Time I

Star Wars' John Boyega was one of last people to see Damilola Taylor alive, says father

Richard Taylor, father of the London schoolboy murdered in 2000, said his son was a close friend of Boyega, who has nominated a charity in the boy’s name to benefit from The Force Awakens<p>Star Wars actor John Boyega was one of the last people to see Damilola Taylor alive, the schoolboy’s father has …

Star Wars

‘No one expects people with disabilities to have a family’

Aideen Blackborough’s mum and dad’s attitude to her disability was to see her as simply another of their four children – and because of this “just bloody well get on with it” attitude, Aideen grew up assuming that becoming a mother herself was something that would just happen. “I’d always wanted to …

Autism

Secret Teacher: I loved my last class so much, it's hard to let them go

I’ve been teaching year 2 for a few years now, and I’m getting better. Feedback from book scrutinies is generally positive, lesson observations are improving, and I finally know what I’m talking about when responding to parents. My relationship with my class is strong. I like who I am with them, …

Teaching

What My Time in a Japanese Internment Camp Taught Me about Hate

Don’t give in to the ignorance and fear of Donald Trump, Ben Carson and others.<p>In 1988, President Ronald Reagan — the president whom Donald Trump and …

Religion

French Homeless Man Becomes Bestselling Author after Writing Book on Being Homeless

After being homeless for nearly three decades, Jean-Marie Roughol’s life is about to change for the better. The 47-year-old’s memoirs about begging …

British air strikes in Syria have helped allow Sunni states to 'ditch fight against Isis and focus bombing on Shiites in Yemen'

Britain’s decision to bomb Isis in Syria has helped to allow Saudi Arabia and other Sunni Gulf States to play less of a role in the fight against …

Middle East