Guernica: What inspired Pablo Picasso's masterpiece? BBC News



What inspired Pablo Picasso’s Guernica – one of the most famous paintings in the world?

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Poem about Manchester: 'This is the Place' – BBC News



Thousands of people gathered in Manchester’s Albert Square for a “vigil of peace” on Tuesday night. They wanted to pay their respects to the victims of the attack at Manchester Arena and Tony Walsh, who performs as Longfella, read his poem ‘This is the Place’.

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Growing up in a Romanian orphanage – BBC News



Izidor Ruckel was one of thousands of children found living in terrible conditions in Romanian orphanages after the collapse of the Communist government. Witness: The stories of our times told by the people who were there.

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HOW AN AGEING POPULATION WILL CHANGE THE WORLD – BBC NEWS



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The number of people across the world over 65 years old will triple by 2050, drastically altering some countries’ demographic make-up, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center.

The BBC’s David Botti takes a look at the numbers in this week’s edition of Face Facts.

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Rent-a-sister: Coaxing Japan’s hikikomori men out of their bedrooms – BBC News



At least half a million young men in Japan are thought to have withdrawn from society, and refuse to leave their bedrooms. They’re known as hikikomori.

Their families often don’t know what to do, but one organisation is offering ‘sisters for hire’ to help coax these young men out of their isolation.

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The boy who shocked ther world – BBC News



Yemen is suffering from the worst humanitarian crisis on the planet. Two million children are severely malnourished and the country is also in the grip of the fastest growing cholera epidemic on record. 600,000 people have been infected and 2,500 have died. Last year the BBC’s Nawal Al-Maghafi reported from one of the worst hit areas of the country, a year later she’s returned. A warning, her report does contain distressing images from the start.

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Venezuela: How long does it take to buy 8 basic goods? BBC News



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BBC Mundo’s Daniel Pardo tests how long it takes to buy even the most basic goods in Caracas amid massive queues for food.

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Cartel kidnapper: Mess with me? I'll kill you – BBC News



Mexico has the one of the highest rates of kidnapping in the world. Government figures say around 1000 people are taken every year. But others argue that the true figure could be almost ten times as high. Vladimir Hernandez gained rare insight into this murky world and obtained an interview with a kidnapper himself.
** WARNING: contains strong language and some disturbing descriptions of violence**
The BBC cannot independently verify the kidnapper’s claims.

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The da Vinci puzzle: Restoring The Last Supper – BBC News



In the spring of 1999 a small team of experts, led by the renowned Italian art restorer Pinin Brambilla, concluded the mammoth task of restoring Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece, The Last Supper.
Da Vinci had been commissioned to paint the fresco on a wall in Milan’s convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in 1498. But due to his poor choice of materials, paint had begun to flake off even during his lifetime. Brambilla’s restoration involved removing five layers of paint from previous botched restorations and restoring key features and objects. The painstaking job of cleaning, dabbing and repainting the four-and-a-half metre high fresco cost millions of dollars and took Pinin and her colleagues more than 20 years.
Now in her 90s, Pinin Brambilla, who still works in her studio in Milan, told Witness about this labour of love that consumed half of her professional life.

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On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London's streets – BBC News



New figures obtained by BBC News show police forces across England and Wales are charging fewer people with knife crime, though the number of offences is on the rise.
Our special correspondent Ed Thomas has been out to witness the shocking reality of knife crime on the streets of our capital.

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