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'Why I wanted a tattoo on my mastectomy scar'

Image copyright Kris Hallenga At the age of 23, Kris Hallenga was diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. On average people given this diagnosis live for two-and-a-half years, but 10 years later she wants people to know that it is possible to beat the odds. A tightrope artist walks along the line created by Kris Hallenga’s […]

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Reality Check: Why has Zimbabwe hiked petrol prices?

Claim: Black market currency dealing and the illegal trade in fuel have contributed to Zimbabwe’s severe fuel shortages. Verdict: This is correct, but not the full story. The conditions which have led to this are rooted in the government’s introduction of a controversial local currency pegged to the United States dollar. There have been widespread […]

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Tough times for Amsterdam sex business

Image caption Rooms in the Amsterdam brothels tend to be quite basic Four young men in puffa jackets jostle, slapping their palms against the glass windows, waving at women posing in lacy lingerie. “It’s all banter. Even they know about the banter,” one tells me, gesturing towards a brothel. “They know about the English. They […]

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Vogue sorry for misidentifying journalist Noor Tagouri

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Noor Tagouri “misrepresentation and misidentification” was a constant problem for Muslims Vogue magazine has apologised for misidentifying Muslim American journalist Noor Tagouri as a Pakistani actress in its February issue. The 24-year-old said she was “heartbroken and devastated” after discovering that Noor Bukhari’s name had been printed next to […]