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Brryan Jackson was 11 months old when his father injected him with a syringe full of HIV-infected blood. "He was hoping I would die off so he wouldn't have to pay child support," Jackson says. The young boy's deteriorating health was a mystery until he eventually tested positive for HIV. "I was diagnosed with full-blown Aids and three opportunistic infections. They gave me five months to live and sent me home." But Jackson confounded medical expectations and 24 years after being infected, he faced his father in court.

Brryan Jackson: My father injected me with HIV

"Until she gave birth to her third baby, my now 90-year-old grandma thought that her first two children might perhaps have been born out of her bottom," says poet Hollie McNish. "After having given birth myself, I was shocked and a little saddened by the idea that any woman could be told so little about where the baby would emerge from. So when I was asked to interview mothers and fathers about their experiences of having and bringing up children, I asked her to tell me the story again."

Hollie McNish: The things new mothers aren't always told

"I had assumed speed dating was a fad that had died out years ago," says BBC reporter Brian Wheeler. "But when I discovered it was alive and well in Washington DC - and that the events were divided up into neat demographic categories, just like voters - I decided to test the theory that politics and dating don't mix. I would talk about nothing but the election." So how did Brian get on?

Talking politics at a speed-dating night

Criminals in the US state of Wisconsin are given a questionnaire to assess how likely they are to reoffend. The thinking is that using an algorithm will make sentencing decisions less liable to human bias. But there is growing disquiet about how "risk scores" are being calculated. "Do we want to over-penalise black defendants for living in poor neighbourhoods and having what look like to this algorithm higher risk attributes, despite the fact that they themselves might not be risky people?" says Julia Angwin of independent investigative journalism organisation ProPublica.

How maths can get you locked up

"This is a story about a small-town girl who had big dreams. She was a Pakistani girl, like me," says reporter Hani Taha. "But like young women around the world, she used her social media posts to become someone different - someone she wasn't meant to be. She had fled from her husband to try to live an extraordinary life as an online star. She called herself Girl Power, raw in her sexuality. She danced, she stripped, she was loved and hated - but that was cut short by a brutal act of male violence."

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