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'Māori has gone mainstream': the resurgence of New Zealand's te reo language

Max Smitheram, 54, has attempted to learn <i>te reo Māori</i> (the Māori language) on numerous occasions, but he has never stuck with it – until now. A <i>pakeha</i> [European New Zealander], Smitheram attends free weekly classes and practises at home with his Uruguayan partner, who is also learning the …

New Zealand

Croatia v England: 'Maybe, just maybe, this time it will be different'

<b>Football is sold to the world as fun. As colour, as sunshine, as joy. Football is sold as winning.</b><p>Football is experienced as doubt. Football is watched feeling sick. It is wishing matches finished, wanting to walk out of a stadium even as you've been desperate to be there, being convinced that the …

The King's Path: Is this the scariest walk in the world?

The King's Path is a unique walkway in Spain but not one to attempt if you are scared of heights.<p>It is 3km (1.9 miles) long, 100 metres (328 feet) high and just one metre wide.<p>The King's Path (El Caminito del Rey) in Malaga was closed in 2001 for safety reasons but re-opened in 2015 after a massive …

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The Brain

Marree Man: The enduring mystery of a giant outback figure

<b>This week marks 20 years since a helicopter pilot flying over central Australia spotted the outline of a giant man drawn into the earth.</b><p>The 4.2km (2.5 miles) tall figure, on a remote plateau in South Australia, is often thought to depict an Aboriginal hunter.<p>Dubbed Marree Man after a nearby town, …

The FBI said I was my parents' stolen baby - but I found the truth

<b>When a one-day-old baby, Paul Joseph Fronczak, was stolen from a Chicago hospital in 1964, the terrible story made headlines across America. Then, two years later, an abandoned boy was identified as the missing baby and handed over to the relieved parents. Years later, Paul began to investigate</b> …

The man who went to the North Korean place that ‘doesn’t exist’

<b>It was a visit to Pyongyang's Yanggakdo Hotel that resulted in the detention and eventual death of American student Otto Warmbier. US doctor Calvin Sun recalls his night inside a secret floor in the hotel and warns other travellers to stay away.</b><p>Calvin Sun had been awake for almost 24 hours when …

South Africa's cash-in-transit heists: A national emergency?

<b>The shaky footage could come from a film: men standing on the grassy verge wielding AK-47s, bombs exploding, and the sound of gunfire.</b><p>But this is not the latest action blockbuster. This is a small South African town in the middle of the day, and what the shocked driver is recording from the …

Revisiting London's iconic album cover images

<b>The most famous album cover shot in London is undoubtedly The Beatles' Abbey Road, which is a tourist attraction in its own right. Thousands of Fab Four fans flock each year to upmarket St John's Wood where the legendary zebra crossing photo was taken - and where Sir Paul McCartney still has a home.</b><p>…

A suitcase full of photographic wonder

<b>It's not often you are sent a set of pictures that make you gasp, especially ones taken decades ago. Yet here they are, beautiful black and white pictures that have remained hidden, buried in a loft waiting to be brought out into the light.</b><p>These pictures were taken by John Turner, a property …

'This is my Adele album' says Miles Kane

<b>Just outside a coffee shop in hipster East London Miles Kane is studiously searching through his phone.</b><p>One of rock 'n' roll's best connected men is not looking to get hold of one of his many muso/model/footballer mates, however.<p>He is - as it turns out - just looking for somewhere to enjoy a Sunday …

Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet

<b>A severely disabled boy is suing a theme park for failing to provide a suitable "changing places" lavatory.</b><p>Adam George, 11, claims Flambards Theme Park, in Cornwall, discriminated and failed to make reasonable adjustments for him under the Equality Act.<p>Changing places toilets are required by an …

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 …

New prostate therapy recommended on NHS

<b>A new treatment for non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate, a very common condition in older men, has been recommended for use by the NHS.</b><p>It's called prostate artery embolisation. And it blocks some of the blood supply to the prostate using tiny synthetic beads, causing the troublesome tissue to …

Cancer

In pictures: Sophie Raworth and the 150-mile desert ultra-marathon

<b>On Sunday, runners combated temperatures of 24.1C during the London marathon - the hottest on record. But for BBC News presenter Sophie Raworth, the unseasonable heat was nothing in comparison with the Marathon des Sables (MDS), a 150-mile ultra-marathon in the Sahara desert.</b><p>It's known as the …

Marathons

Cancer kills three 9/11 firefighters on the same day

<b>Three firefighters who were on duty at Ground Zero during the 9/11 attacks have died on the same day from cancer, fire officials have said.</b><p>Lieutenant Howard Bischoff, 58, and firefighters Robert Leaver, 56, and Daniel Heglund, 58, died within hours of one another on Monday.<p>Thousands of people who …

Cancer

Obituary: The 9/11 rescuers who died a day apart, 17 years on

<b>When Thomas Phelan and Keith Young died within a day of each other last week, it was as a result of cancer, from which both had been suffering.</b><p>But the underlying cause of the firefighters' deaths was the event which they both witnessed up close 17 years earlier: the 11 September attack on New …

World Trade Center

Who were my parents - and why was I left on a hillside to die?

<b>In the summer of 1937 a nine-month-old girl was hidden, with her hands tied, in a blackberry bush in southern England. She was found by sheer chance by a family of holidaymakers. Now 80, Anthea Ring has spent most of her life wondering why she was left to die and who her parents were. Thanks to a</b> …

Genealogy

Tesla boss in line for mega-pay deal

<b>Electric carmaker Tesla, facing pressure on a number of fronts, is asking shareholders for a show of support for chief executive Elon Musk.</b><p>The firm has called a special meeting this month for investors to vote on a 10-year compensation plan for Mr Musk.<p>Under the plan, Mr Musk could receive stock …

Tesla

News Daily: Oldman wins at Oscars and Italian election results

<b>Hello. Here's your morning briefing:</b><p>Oscars: Gary Oldman wins Best Actor prize<p>He's done it. After years of being a contender, Gary Oldman has finally won the Best Actor award at the Oscars. In his speech, the Brit, who took the prize for playing Winston Churchill in the World War II drama Darkest …

Elections

The sandwich that took 10 months to make (… sow, grow, catch and bake)

Documentary maker baked his own bread, grew vegetables and went fishing for tuna<p>If there is an easy way to do something, Benjamin Carle does not do it. So when the Frenchman wanted a sandwich, it was out of the question to buy one from his local <i>boulangerie</i>.<p>Instead, he set out to make one from …

Unseen photos of East End London in glorious colour

<b>A recently discovered photo collection by the late photographer David Granick reveals London's East End in colour, including streets in Stepney, Whitechapel and Spitalfields.</b><p>Local photographer Chris Dorley-Brown found the pictures when he was invited to review thousands of Granick's colour slides …

East London

'The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell'

<b>Pauline Dakin's childhood in Canada in the 1970s was full of secrets, disruption and unpleasant surprises. She wasn't allowed to talk about her family life with anyone - and it wasn't until she was 23 that she was told why.</b><p>There was always something unusual about Pauline Dakin's family.<p>"My brother …

School Administration

Eddie Maher: How I took my family on the run for 19 years

<b>Five years ago a woman walked into a police station in Ozark, Missouri, and claimed her father-in-law was a British fugitive. It was the end of the road for Eddie Maher, who had been on the run - with wife and children in tow - for 19 years. How did one of the UK's most wanted men evade capture for</b> …

Stephen King

'I started life again in the Arctic... then I fell in love'

<b>When tragedy struck, Mountie Clare Kines made a fresh start high up in the Arctic Circle. The keen photographer found an awe-inspiring landscape and an unexpected source of happiness.</b><p>Clare Kines had long dreamed of moving to the Arctic Circle. He had served in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for …

Arctic Circle

Is the greatest hits album dead?

<b>Something odd is happening to the music industry in the era of streaming.</b><p>Age-old commercial strategies are being overturned as record companies big and small fight to adjust to the new technological reality.<p>Nowadays, physical albums that might previously have shifted hundreds of thousands of units …

Music

East Coast rail franchise decision investigated by watchdog

<b>The decision to allow two firms operating the East Coast Main Line to cut short the contract is being looked into by the public spending watchdog.</b><p>In November, the Department for Transport said Virgin and Stagecoach could withdraw from running the London to Edinburgh service three years early.<p>The …

Great Britain

The island that switches countries every six months

<b>Next week, France will hand over 6,820 sq m of its territory to Spain without a single shot being fired. But in six months' time Spain will voluntarily hand back the land to France. As Chris Bockman reports, it's been that way for more than 350 years.</b><p>The French Basque beach resort of Hendaye is the …

War