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'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 …


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 Industry

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 …

United Kingdom

The island that switches countries every six months

<b>Next week, France will hand over 3,000 sq m (3,200 sq ft) 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 …


The Tattooist of Auschwitz - and his secret love

<b>For more than 50 years, Lale Sokolov lived with a secret - one born in the horrors of wartime Europe, in a place that witnessed some of the worst of man's inhumanity to man.</b><p>It would not be shared until he was in his 80s, thousands of miles from that place.<p>Lale had been the Tattooist of …

World History

Notable deaths 2017

An eyebrow-raising 007, a women’s cricket pioneer, Mr Saturday night...<p>Sir Roger Moore<p>Actor<p>Brought a lighter touch<br>to the role of James Bond<p>Sir John Hurt<p>Bafta-winning actor<p>Caligula in I, Claudius,<br>John Merrick in The Elephant Man,<br>Quentin Crisp in The Naked Civil Servant<p>Mary Tyler Moore<p>Actress and …


Toys R Us prepares to shut 25 stores

<b>Toys R Us is preparing to close around a quarter of its 106 UK stores, with the loss of hundreds of jobs, the BBC understands.</b><p>The closures would form part of a deal to renegotiate debts owed by the company to its landlords - which must be agreed by 75% of its creditors.<p>The toy giant, which has …


Light pollution: Night being lost in many countries

<b>A study of pictures of Earth by night has revealed that artificial light is growing brighter and more extensive every year.</b><p>Between 2012 and 2016, the planet's artificially lit outdoor area grew by more than 2% per year.<p>Scientists say a "loss of night" in many countries is having negative …

Medical Journals

What's gone wrong in the UK car market?

<b>Until recently, new car sales in Britain were booming. In 2016, a record 2.7 million were registered. It was the fifth year in succession that the market had grown.</b><p>Now, things look very different.<p>In September, new registrations fell by 9% compared with the same period the year before, according to …


Are too many tourists visiting Iceland?

<b>An explosion in tourism saved Iceland's economy. But in a country of just 300,000 people, how much tourism is too much?</b><p>It's a cold, overcast and blustery day in Iceland, but that hasn't put off the busloads of tourists at the Blue Lagoon - one of the country's most popular attractions.<p>The lagoon is …

European Travel

What's it like to live in North Korea?

North Korea is one of the most closed-off counties on the planet, with little access to the outside world.<p>Four North Koreans who managed to escape explain what life was like back home and what they miss the most.<p><i>James Reevell, Hosu Lee & Wonjung Bae</i><p><i>First broadcast 18 October 2017.</i>

North Korea

Nine charts which tell you all you need to know about North Korea

<b>As North Korea and the United States continue to trade threats, we have little idea how the war of words is perceived to the people of North Korea because the regime of Kim Jong-un maintains an iron grip over the population, carefully controlling access to the outside world.</b><p>The country is often …

North Korea

The first round of National Geographic competition

The 2017 National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year contest has opened and is already attracting stunning entries before it closes on 17 November.


The Oaks colliery explosion: England's worst mining disaster

<b>In December 1866 a colliery in Barnsley was ripped apart by a series of explosions over two days, killing at least 361 men and boys, in what remains England's worst mining disaster. The events of this largely forgotten tragedy and its devastating effect on the community have been recreated in a new</b> …


Andrew Gosden: The boy who disappeared

<b>On 14 September 2007, 14-year-old Andrew Gosden walked out of the family home in Doncaster, boarded a train to London with a one-way ticket and then simply vanished.</b><p>A short sequence of CCTV stills captured that morning at King's Cross station represents the last certain sighting of the schoolboy.<p>A …


The problem for the world’s most expensive spice

<b>The spice saffron, as well as being famously expensive, is packed with antioxidants. It is said to help combat depression and lower blood pressure, to soften your skin and hair and is essential in a broad range of dishes from Swedish buns to paella. So what's stopping it becoming as fashionable as</b> …

BBC 100 Women: Nine things you didn't know were invented by women

<b>Asked to name important inventors and you might start with Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell or Leonardo da Vinci.</b><p>But what about Mary Anderson? Or Ann Tsukamoto?<p>You might not know their names, but they are just two of the female inventors behind everyday objects and scientific innovations.<p>BBC …

Women in Science

Newspaper headlines: Conservation charity and countryside campaigners clash

<b>The National Trust is "embroiled in a row with countryside campaigners", according to the lead in the Daily Telegraph.</b><p>The conservation charity has been accused of "effectively painting targets" on people who hunt after it decided to publish details of the times and locations of legal hunts on its …

United Kingdom

How a razor revolutionised the way we pay for stuff

<b>The man who founded the Gillette corporation, King Camp Gillette, had some surprising philosophical ideas.</b><p>In 1894, Gillette published a book arguing that "our present system of competition" breeds "extravagance, poverty, and crime".<p>He advocated a new system of "equality, virtue, and happiness", in …


Pound coin gag scoops best Edinburgh Fringe joke award

<b>A joke about the new pound coin has been named the funniest of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.</b><p>Ken Cheng won the 10th annual Dave's Funniest Joke Of The Fringe with: "I'm not a fan of the new pound coin, but then again, I hate all change."<p>The joke, from his show Ken Cheng: Chinese Comedian, won 33% …

British Humour

‘We were guinea pigs’: Jailed inmates agreed to birth control

<b>In a small county in rural Tennessee, inmates were offered 30 days off their sentences in exchange for a vasectomy or a long-acting birth control implant. County officials say it was a tool in the fight against opiate abuse - opponents call it eugenics.</b><p>This spring, Deonna Tollison found herself in …

Criminal Justice

US 1940s anti-Nazi film makes comeback

A 1940s US government film warning about the dangers of intolerance has made a comeback following a violent neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, at the weekend.

Rights & Freedoms

Newspaper headlines: Stop-and-search to tackle knife and acid crime

<b>Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick have written articles for the Times declaring their support for an increase in stop-and-search checks by the police to tackle rising knife crime and acid attacks.</b><p>Ms Rudd is walking a political tightrope, the paper says, as …

Cressida Dick

Amazon profits fall sharply as it invests overseas

<b>Amazon sales rose in the second quarter but profits plunged, as the e-commerce giant spent heavily in a bid to become the go-to shop globally for everything from food to television.</b><p>The Seattle firm earned $197m (£151m) in profit in the three months to the end of June, down 77%.<p>The fall came as the …

Jeff Bezos

Why does the US military buy so much Viagra?

<b>Amid the fall-out from US President Donald Trump's announcement on Twitter that transgender people will not be able to serve in the US military, one statistic has been frequently raised to draw attention to the comparatively small estimated costs of transgender healthcare.</b><p>It refers to the amount …

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs

As an open-air heroin camp is closed, options narrow

<b>In a corner of Philadelphia known locally as the Badlands, where some of the purest heroin in the country can be bought for just $5 a bag, a half-mile stretch of rail track has become a refuge for hundreds of heroin addicts. Next week the city will begin to clear</b> <b>out</b> <b>the tracks, but where will the</b> …


The colourist changing the appearance of historical photos

Black & White Photography

Cycling and cava in Catalonia – a bike trip with bubbles

Great scenery, ancient lanes and sparkling wine combine on a tour south-west of Barcelona, on which it’s not only the hill climbs that make this cyclist feel dizzy<p>Metres ahead, up on the ridge, the air seems to be wobbling in the midday Catalonian sun. It is only when I reach the peak of the …

10 things we didn't know last week

<b>1. More than eight billion cans</b> of Spam have been sold over the past 80 years.<p>Find out more (Live science)<p><b>2. Sports Direct's Mike Ashley allegedly</b> "vomited into fireplace" at a business meeting in a pub - a court has heard.<p>Find out more (The Guardian)<p><b>3. Rice</b> - when prepared in the right way - can …

Roman Empire

The love that survived a Chinese labour camp

<b>Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has spent years in prison for calling for political change in his country. For more than half of his marriage to Liu Xia, he has been imprisoned, and now he is dying of cancer. The BBC's Celia Hatton looks back at how the couple's love</b> …