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Syrian Space Hero Living in Exile

Muhammed Faris was Syria's first astronaut but fled after defying President Assad. Also, snake scientist Dr Bryan Grieg, witchcraft in Papua New Guinea, and artist Nasser Azam

Muhammed Faris was Syria's first astronaut but fled after defying orders from President Assad for his fellow pilots to attack protestors.

Dr Bryan Grieg Fry is a scientist who specialises in working with venomous creatures. His experiments focus on developing uses for venom.

Monica Paulus from Papua New Guinea was accused of being a witch but she has decided to fight back and now runs an organisation which stands up for women's rights.

Pakistan-born artist Nasser Azam is known for making paintings in the most extreme environments. He has completed projects on board a specially-modified aircraft to simulate weightless conditions and in Antarctica.

(Picture: Russian space station Mir, where Muhammed Faris was an astronaut, in orbit above Earth
Picture credit: NASA/Getty Images)

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