One act of kindness that changed a homeless man's life – BBC News



How many times have you walked past a homeless person without a second thought? Former soldier Phil Webb hit rock bottom after he lost his job and his marriage fell apart. He started drinking and ended up on the streets. One day as he sat on the streets in Carlisle, a chance meeting with a fellow ex-soldier turned his life around. Stephen Finlayson offered Mr Webb a bed for a night and put him in touch with the Royal British Legion. Within a year, Mr Webb had a roof over his head and had even starred in a play.
About 18 months after their first encounter, the pair have been reunited.
You can see more on this story on Inside Out on BBC One at 19:30 GMT on 13 February.

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Stephen Hawking: 'AI could spell end of the human race'



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Professor Stephen Hawking has told the BBC that artificial intelligence could spell the end for the human race.
In an interview after the launch of a new software system designed to help him communicate more easily, he said there were many benefits to new technology but also some risks.
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Made out to look beautiful and sent out to die – BBC News



In 2017, 133 children were used in ‘suicide’ attacks in north-east Nigeria. Two-thirds of them were girls. Fourteen-year-old Falmata is one of hundreds of children and young women who have been forced to become ‘suicide’ bombers for the militant group Boko Haram in recent years. This is the story of how she was abducted and how she escaped. Not just once, but twice.

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Russell Brand & Nigel Farage clash over immigration on Question Time (11/12/2014)



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Comedian Russell Brand and UKIP leader Nigel Farage debate whether Britain is becoming overcrowded due to immigration.
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The Floating Farms of Bangladesh – BBC News



Bangladesh is home to the world’s largest river delta and prone to frequent, devastating flooding.
Farmers here are expanding an ancient technique of building floating farms that simply rise and fall with the swelling waters.

In times of rising sea levels, could this offer a solution to food security problems?

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The North Korean women who had to escape twice – BBC News



Trafficked into the sex industry after defecting from North Korea, two young women spent years in captivity before finally getting the chance to escape.

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Despite the thaw in relations between north and south Korea, people are still risking their lives to flee the regime.

Most escape via China but they face huge risks where they can be sent back if caught.

Women are also trafficked from North Korea to China where they think they will get a job and earn some money but find themselves trapped for years on end.

BBC Korean Service Editor Su-Min Hwang has exclusive access to one rescue mission run by a South Korean pastor.

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A rare look inside North Korea's Kim Il Sung University – BBC News



In a few days’ time, North Korea will open the most important political meeting in decades – the 7th congress of the Korean Workers’ Party.
In the run-up to the meeting, a BBC team is in North Korea, travelling with a group of Nobel Prize winners who are there to promote peaceful dialogue. Rupert Wingfield-Hayes gained rare access to Kim Il Sung University in Pyongyang, the country’s leading academic institution.

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Harry Potter: Sir Ian McKellen reveals why he turned down Dumbledore role – BBC News



Sir Ian McKellen has said he could never have taken on the role of Professor Dumbledore in the Harry Potter films after the death of Richard Harris because he knew he disapproved of him as a gay actor.

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The lost streets of Chicago – BBC News



WARNING: CONTAINS VERY STRONG LANGUAGE Killings in Chicago have hit a 20-year high as the grim toll for homicides passes 500. The BBC’s Ian Pannell and Darren Conway explore a world where gangs and guns rule.

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The language only three men speak – BBC News



Badeshi used to be the common languages of a small mountain village in northern Pakistan – now there are only three people left who can speak it.

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