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Woman who shot herself in the face given 'second chance' with face transplant

A documentary explores Katie Stubblefield's journey after spending 31 hours in an operating theatre for a face transplant.<p>A 21-year-old woman who …

Cleveland Clinic

Protests over fuel prices in Haiti derail the government’s reforms

OF ALL the bets placed on the football World Cup, the biggest gamble took place in the Caribbean. Lacking a competitive side, many football-mad …

Africa

'Generation Sensible' in five charts

<b>Rebellions of young people have been recorded for decades, bucking trends and breaking the rules before entering the world of being a boring grown-up.</b><p>But a new generation is coming through and truly shocking society.<p>How? By becoming more sensible.<p>For example, a survey conducted by the British …

Hosepipe ban 2018: Why is there a water shortage?

Three things you need to know about why north-west England is facing a water shortage.<p>The area is the second in the UK - after Northern Ireland - to impose a temporary ban on hosepipe use.<p><i>Produced by Emily Wolstencroft</i>

Combating crime: Faith + Boxing = Meaning

Sensible, family-loving teens behind pregnancy rate drop

<b>Teenagers are becoming less likely to have sex, preferring to spend time with their families and having romantic relationships online, a study suggests.</b><p>A survey of 1,000 16- to 18-year-olds also found they were drinking much less.<p>The British Pregnancy Advisory Service said this may explain the …

Contraception

France’s victorious footballers do Emmanuel Macron a favour

WHEN Emmanuel Macron was a child, growing up in the northern French town of Amiens, he was a fervent supporter of a southern club, Olympique de …

Emmanuel Macron

Businessman's on-the-spot job offer to homeless man

<b>This picture captures the moment a homeless man arrived for his first day of work, after being offered a permanent job by a businessman he had asked for "spare change" on a Newcastle street.</b><p>Posted on Facebook on Thursday, a photo of their first encounter has been shared more than 4,000 times and …

Archbishop Justin Welby: I don't pray for my daughter's disability

<b>The Church needs to do more to embrace disability and mental health, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby says, drawing on the experience of two of his daughters.</b><p>Justin - he insists we use his first name - reveals that Katharine's mental health difficulties and Ellie's learning disabilities, …

China’s political meritocracy versus Western democracy

<i>This is a guest contribution to our debate: Should the West worry about the threat to liberal values posed by China's rise?</i><p>AT THE Munich Security …

The failed abortion survivor whose mum thought she was dead

<b>When Melissa Ohden was 14 she learned a shocking secret - her mother had tried to abort her. She was saved by a nurse who heard her crying as she lay among medical waste at a US hospital. This is the story of her survival, and of the mother who thought she was dead.</b><p>"I grew up knowing I'd been born …

Ramadan: Women's 'shame' of eating during menstruation

<b>Muslim women on social media have been discussing the challenges around eating while having their periods during the holy month of Ramadan.</b><p>Some have said they hide away from male relatives to avoid being stared at or having to lie about menstruating.<p>Sophia Jamil told the BBC: "Some people don't …

Love is the way | Bishop Michael Curry's captivating sermon - The Royal Wedding - BBC

Royal wedding 2018: Bishop Michael Curry's speech in full

<b>Bishop Michael Curry - the first black presiding bishop of the US Episcopal Church - gave a rousing sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.</b><b>Here is his speech in full:</b><p>"And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.<p>"From …

Royal wedding preacher: Who is Michael Curry?

<b>American Bishop Michael Curry has captured the world's attention with a long and powerful address at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.</b><p>The Chicago-born bishop spoke passionately about the power of love, quoting Dr Martin Luther King Jr.<p>"There's power in love, don't underestimate it," he …

The holiday village run by spies

<b>Arous was an idyllic holiday resort in the Sudanese desert, on the shores of the Red Sea. But this glamorous destination was a base for Israeli agents with a secret mission.</b><p>"Arous on the Red Sea, a wonderful world apart," the glossy brochure says, pronouncing it "the diving and desert recreation …

Red Sea

Is the Gulf Stream about to collapse and is the new ice age coming sooner than scientists think?

Two new studies published in the scientific journal <i>Nature</i> have brought a new threat to the world’s attention: the shutdown of the Atlantic Ocean …

Climate change dials down Atlantic Ocean heating system

<b>A significant shift in the system of ocean currents that helps keep parts of Europe warm could send temperatures in the UK lower, scientists have found.</b><p>They say the Atlantic Ocean circulation system is weaker now than it has been for more than 1,000 years - and has changed significantly in the past …

Global Warming

Iceland supermarkets to ban palm oil in own-brand products

<b>Iceland is to stop using palm oil in own-brand products by the end of 2018.</b><p>The Deeside-based chain - the first major UK supermarket to ban palm oil - said it was used in more than half of its products, from biscuits to soap.<p>Iceland said growing demand for the oil was devastating tropical …

South-east Asia

Should we create a solar shade to cool the earth?

In this perspective-shifting talk, Danny Hillis prompts us to approach global issues like climate change with creative scientific solutions. Taking a …

Reaping the wind with the biggest turbines ever made

<b>When engineer Lukasz Cejrowski finally saw the world's largest wind turbine blades installed on a prototype tower in 2016, he stood in front of it and took a selfie. Obviously.</b><p>"It was amazing," he says, recalling the moment with a laugh. "The feeling of happiness - 'Yes, it works, it's …

Hydroelectric Power

Mount Etna is 'sliding towards the sea'

<b>Europe's most active volcano, Mount Etna, is sliding towards the sea.</b><p>Scientists have established that the whole structure on the Italian island of Sicily is edging in the direction of the Mediterranean at a rate of 14mm per year.<p>The UK-led team says the situation will need careful monitoring …

Study Skills

Salisbury attack: How much of the UK's gas comes from Russia?

<b>In Parliament on Wednesday, Prime Minister Theresa May was questioned on the measures she was taking in response to the nerve agent attack in Salisbury.</b><p>Conservative MP Stephen Crabb asked: "Is she aware that Britain has recently started to receive shipments of liquefied natural gas, and does she …

Natural Gas

Does Putin's Russia reject the West?

By Sarah Rainsford<br>15 March 2018<p>Amid the furore over a nerve agent spy attack in the UK, Russia held a presidential election.<p>Vladimir Putin won yet another term in office.<p>Do ordinary Russians share his outlook?<p>A memory of chaos<p>The road out of Perm runs along a frozen river dotted with crouching …

Russia

UK carbon emissions fell to a 130-year low in 2017

The UK produced 388.5 million tonnes of CO2 in 2017, which has been estimated to be the lowest amount recorded since 1890.<p>UK carbon emissions fell by …

Could cars and cold air fill the gap when wind turbines stop?

The United Nations has pledged to increase "substantially" the share of renewable energy in the global mix by 2030.<p>While all types of power can be intermittent, renewable energy sources such as wind and solar tend to provide a more variable supply, so we need to find new ways of storing energy.<p>What …

Renewable Energy

Damming the Nile: Explore with 360 video

<b>A new dam on the Nile could trigger a war over water - unless Ethiopia can agree a deal with Egypt and Sudan.</b><p>Media playback is unsupported on your device<p>Join the BBC's Africa correspondent Alastair Leithead and his team, travelling from the Blue Nile's source to the sea - through Ethiopia and Sudan …

Africa

Elon Musk: The man who sent his sports car into space

<b>The Falcon Heavy's boosters burned for 154 seconds before they were jettisoned into space. Free from the main body of the rocket, they spun 180 degrees and arced back towards the earth, burning their engines again as they descended to Cape Canaveral, to land, smoothly, improbably upright, within a</b> …

Tesla

UK 'could adopt' Norway bottle recycling system

<b>A Scandinavian deposit-based system for recycling bottles is thought likely to be adopted in the UK.</b><p>Advisers to government say the schemes have massively reduced plastic litter in the environment and seas.<p>And a ministerial delegation has been to Norway to see if the UK should copy an industry-led …

Sustainability