Weekend Edition: The best of the week's reads

  • 1 May 2015
Treptower Park's Soviet Memorial, in Berlin

A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with an injection of your comments.

"There is no justification for rape," posted SVirginia Fong. An estimated two million women were raped in Germany by victorious soldiers at the end of World War Two. As they fought their way to the German capital, Stalin's troops assaulted an uncounted number of women, though this was rarely mentioned after the war in Germany, and is a taboo subject in Russia even today.

The rape of Berlin

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Sandeep Kaur

Michael House found this story so "enthralling" he missed his bus stop. It's the tale of the Bombshell Bandit aka Sandeep Kaur. The nurse's life changed at the age of 21 when she reached the legal drinking age. A trip to Las Vegas led her down a path of spiralling debts and eventually she ended up robbing banks. The "strangest, most incredible real life story I've read in a long time," tweeted Claire Lagan.

The rise and fall of the Bombshell Bandit

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Angel of the dump

Bernarda Gallardo at the rubbish dump in Puerto Montt

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

  • 1 May 2015

Look back at the week in numbers with our Go Figure images, which are posted daily on social media.

Nepal quake

Monday: #NepalEarthquake follows historic pattern of destruction

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Chinese vineyard

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10 things we didn't know last week

  • 24 April 2015
Vintage wine bottle - generic

1. Shipwrecked 170-year-old champagne tastes "grilled, spicy, smoky, and leathery".

Find out more (Smithsonian)

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

  • 24 April 2015

Look back at the week in numbers with our Go Figure images, which are posted daily on social media.

Migrants

Monday: Hundreds feared dead after boat capsizes in Med

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Lewis Hamilton

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Weekend edition: The best of the week's reads

  • 24 April 2015
Three derelict phone boxes

A collection of some of the best reads from the BBC News website this week, with an injection of your comments.

"It won't be long before they disappear from our streets forever," Carol Franklin said on Facebook. There are, in fact, fewer than 10,000 traditional red telephone boxes still on our streets, many of them little used. They were decommissioned in the mid-1980s when they were replaced by an aluminium-framed counterpart. Many of these symbols of Britishness are being renovated in a yard in Surrey. Zach Elsbury perhaps summed it up best. "The graveyard of an icon" he wrote.

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Caption Challenge: New broom

  • 23 April 2015
captain america sweeping

Winning entries in the Caption Challenge.

The competition is now closed.

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The Vocabularist: Ransom, red lines and coalitions

  • 23 April 2015
Richard the Lionheart
Paying Richard I's ransom was a "sacred" duty, Churchill wrote

Some newspapers, and a former prime minister, have accused the SNP of holding the country to ransom over Trident. But the SNP insists the issue is a red line.

Ransom is one of those classical words which constant familiar usage has shortened and smoothed - like "nurse" from nutrix, and "priest" from presbyteros.

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The 20,000 fake phone numbers

  • 20 April 2015
A telephone

It is nearly 15 years since UK phone numbers were given a shake-up. Some 20,000 numbers were kept unused, except for appearances on television screens. Why are so many required, asks Chris Stokel-Walker.

Ask a Doctor Who fan to identify the phone number 07700 900461 and they'll say in a flash it's the direct line to the Doctor, as mentioned in a 2008 episode of the television programme. But ring the number, and an automated voice says it's not recognised.

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10 things we didn't know last week

  • 17 April 2015
pizza

1. Emails sent in the morning receive longer replies.

Find out more (the Times)

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Go Figure: The week in numbers

  • 17 April 2015

Look back at the week in numbers with our Go Figure images, which are posted daily on social media.

Clinton declares White House run

Monday: Hillary Clinton declares White House run

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Nigeria abductions: Vows to remember Chibok girls

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