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How did modern circuses develop? And why do they appeal to adults and children worldwide?
A question from a listener about a living transplant
Foreign workers in South Africa fear for their safety as anti-immigrant attacks increase
Deadlock in Lebanon and Afghanistan: one without a president, the other lacking a cabinet
A handshake between two presidents ended 50 years of enmity. Was it written in the stars?
The Seventh-day Adventist community of Lorna Linda that are living up to 10 years longer.
What would a possible exit from the EU mean for Britain and for the EU?
Comedian Des Bishop finds out what makes the Chinese laugh
An American flees war-torn Yemen by small boat on the Red Sea
A review of the week with the latest news.
Are the lessons of Rana Plaza forgotten amid new pressures in the global textiles sector?
In April 1992, two Los Angeles gangs signed a cease-fire.
Perils of a podium hostess. How doing your job can put you in the eye of a media storm
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How will parties form a government if there is no clear winner in the UK election?
The best global arts coverage from across the BBC.
Interviews, news and analysis of the day's global events.
Libya's migrant crisis, terracing in Ethiopia, Indian air quality and Venezuela's shops
Live sport from around the world with news, interviews and analysis.
How friends in India started a surge in sari wearing
Should the BBC World Service be keeping up with the Kardashians' visit to Armenia?
Australia and the legend of Anzac
Peter Day reports from Buenos Aires on the economic troubles once again facing Argentina
25 years since the launch of the Hubble Space telescope, we celebrate its successes.
Soul, jazz and electronic music from a range of new artists
Nuclear-weapon states are spending huge sums modernising their arsenals
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An early selfie stick; the men who are each other's eyes and hands; India's Water man
How the chess prodigy overcame sexism in her sport and defeated the all-time greats.