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Six Seconds that Changed Music  

Richard L. Spencer was in US soul group The Winstons who unknowingly created one of the most famous drum breaks in the world. The Amen Break is a 6-second drum solo first featured on an obscure 1960s track called Amen Brother but has now been sampled in songs by artists including Amy Winehouse, NWA and the Prodigy.

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Surviving Columbine Made Me an Addict  

Austin Eubanks hid under a table during the notorious school shooting. He told Anu Anand how the event affected him for years. Image: Austin Eubanks as a teenager and now Credits: Austin Eubanks and Jeff Nelson

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Outlook Weekend: The Letter  

When a bottle washed up on an English beach containing a mysterious letter written in French, Karen Liebreich was asked to translate it. The mystery became an obsession. And in our second story, a prisoner passes love letters to his nurse Image: Addressing an envelope Credit: stevanovicigor

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Delhi's Sharp Shooting Hero  

Indian Ayisha Falaq has been called a hero after saving her brother-in-law who had been taken hostage. Little did the captors know they were facing an award-winning shooter. Image and credit: Ayisha Falaq

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'Please Baba don't go out'  

Photojournalist Mohammed is risking everything to document the effects of war in Yemen. Based in the capital city Sana'a, his work began in 2011 when the country was hit by a series of anti-government protests. More recently the country has faced a cholera epidemic that has killed almost eight hundred people since April. (Photo credit: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images.)

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'It's very hard to sob and run'  

Sex trafficking survivor Norma Bastidas speaks to Anu Anand about completing a world record triathlon. (Photo courtesy of Norma Bastidas.)

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Outlook Weekend: Emergency In The Grocery Store  

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee loses all sense of reality while shopping for groceries. Lassana Bathily becomes a hero during a terror attack on a Paris supermarket. Image: Rushing down a supermarket aisle Credit: gpointstudio/GettyImages

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From Troubled Teenager to Opera Star  

American Ryan Speedo Green went from a troubled childhood in juvenile detention to becoming an opera singer performing all over the world. He tells Matthew Bannister how his life changed after he saw an African-American opera star singing the lead role in Carmen when he was just fifteen years old. Image: Ryan Speedo Green as Colline in Puccini's La Bohème Credit: Marty Sohl/Metropolitan Opera

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The Secret Life of Ronnie O'Sullivan  

Ronnie O'Sullivan is a superstar in the world of snooker having won the world championship five times. Ronnie has had a very dramatic life and has just written a thriller novel called Framed set in the part of London where he grew up - Soho. The area is famous for its sex shops, late night bars and seedy characters. Ronnie's dad ran a pornographic magazine business, and went to jail for murder. Image: Ronnie O'Sullivan playing snooker Credit: Getty Images/Nigel Roddis

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The Night My Club Was Attacked  

A year ago, a gunman called Omar Mateen walked into the Pulse gay nightclub in the American city of Orlando, Florida. He killed 49 people and injured dozens more in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history. He claimed to be a follower of the so called Islamic state, but some reports suggest he was struggling with his own sexual identity. As the community prepared to mark the anniversary, Matthew Bannister spoke to the owner of the club Barbara Poma. She set it up as a safe place for the city's gay community after her brother died of AIDS. Photo: Pulse nightclub owner Barbara Poma (L) comforts Orlando City commissioner Patty Sheehan (R) Credit: Getty Images/Pool

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How Trash Bags Changed My Life  

Rob Scheer grew up in foster care after suffering abuse from his parents. After he left care he founded the charity Comfort Cases which has now helped more than 25,000 foster children in America by offering comfort and support and essentials like new pyjamas and blankets. Image: Rob Scheer Credit: Rob Scheer

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Outlook Weekend: Dress Codes  

Two stories, two uniforms. An African-American woman with a neo-Nazi bodyguard and the British animal rights activist who loses contact with her mysterious boyfriend. Image: clothes on a rack at a flea market Credit: ArminStautBerlin

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Living With My Mother's Murder  

Alex Hanscombe explains how he's overcome the trauma of seeing his mum, Rachel Nickell, murdered in front of him in a London park when he was two-years-old. Image: Alex Hanscombe with his mother Rachel Nickell. Credit: Alex Hanscombe

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Nigeria's pioneering furniture boss  

Ibukun Awosika went from helping at her granny's salt stall to running a furniture empire. (Photo credit: TY Bello.)

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Mandela inspired me to be a rugby star  

Zimbabwean Tonderai Chavhanga grew up in poverty but became a record-breaking Springbok. (Picture credit: Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images.)

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Restaurateur who escaped sex trade  

Neli Delgado set up a chicken restaurant in Mexico City after her trafficking ordeal. (Photo credit: Clayton Conn.)

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Outlook Weekend: Not My Time Yet  

Three stories of extreme survival. Alcides Moreno fell 47 stories from a New York skyscraper. Claudia Brenner was violently attacked on the Appalachian trail. Sergey Ananov fell in front of a polar bear in the Arctic circle. Image: Hourglass Credit: triloks/Getty Images

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I've Eaten Thousands of Exotic Plants  

Joseph Simcox is a self-proclaimed curious George. Although not formally trained, Joseph is a botanical explorer who spends his life travelling around the world trying to track down rare plants. His passion has taken him to exotic markets, far away forests, and desert sands. When Joseph finds a new plant, he just can't resist putting the thing in his mouth and chewing over the experience. Image: Joseph Simcox - a botanical explorer Credit: Andreas Düren

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Get Clean or I'll Take Your Leg  

Xolani Luvunu was living under a bridge in Pretoria, South Africa when a businessman called Hein Venter approached him with an opportunity. Xolani had lost a leg to cancer and Hein wanted to buy him a prosthetic one. There was one condition. Xolani had to give up drugs and alcohol. Image: Hein Venter (l) and Xolani Luvunu (r) Credit: Mpho Lakaje

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The Tower of London's Ravenmaster  

Chris Skaife is the Ravenmaster at the iconic Tower of London. He takes care of the birds there because legend has it that "if the Tower of London ravens are lost or fly away, the Crown will fall and Britain with it". Image: Chris Skaife, the Ravenmaster, with one of his ravens Credit: Saskia Edwards

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