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Outlook Weekend: Birdbrained  

A schoolboy who taught two baby tawny owls to hunt, a pilot so desperate to fly like a bird that he made his own wings, and the grieving woman who turned to a hawk for comfort. Image: Burrowing Owl Credit: Clive Mason/Getty Images

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A Nurse's Agonising Dilemma  

Tricia Seaman was looking after cancer patients at a hospital in the town of Harrisburg in the American state of Pennsylvania. She was helping a terminally ill cancer patient when she was asked a question that would change her life forever. Image: (L) Tricia Seaman and (R) Trisha. Credit: Tadpole Photography

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The Artist Dressing Like His Ancestors  

The Peruvian artist Christian Fuchs recreates portraits of his ancestors by using elaborate make-up and costumes to transform himself into them. (L) portrait of Eleanora, painted in the 1830s (credit: Christian Fuchs) (R) Christian Fuchs dressed as his great, great, great grandmother, Eleanora (credit: Christian Fuchs)

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I ate just 3 apples a day to model  

French teenager Victoire Dauxerre was one of the most sought-after models in the world for eight months. She was doing all the major fashion shows, and photo shoots for A-list designers. And it almost destroyed her. She left the business seven years ago, and has now published a book about what she went through. She tells Outlook about her experience. (Photo credit: Victoire Dauxerre.)

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Heroin addict turned film director  

Garry Fraser is a former heroin addict from Edinburgh who was picked by film director Danny Boyle to help direct his new movie, T2 Trainspotting. (Picture credit: Richie Bisset.)

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Outlook Weekend: Crime Scenes  

Marcellus Baz grew up in Nottingham in central England. He was a promising boxer when he was attacked on the street. His hands were cut to pieces and it looked like his career was over, but Marcellus did something remarkable to pick himself up. Sergeant David Mascarenas is part of the Los Angeles police underwater dive unit. He's responsible for collecting bodies, weapons, and other evidence from the waterways of the city. But a recent murder enquiry brought him a new challenge: diving into one of the city's tar pits. (Featuring news footage from NBC, CBS, KTLA and ABC News) Image: Crime scene tape. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images News

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India's Superstar Wrestling Family  

The incredible story of an Indian father who passed on his wrestling prowess to his children, and coached them to win medals at the highest level. Image: Geeta Phogat Credit: RAVEENDRAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Turning Myself into a Comic Superhero  

Mohammad Sayed is a disabled teenager from Afghanistan who has designed a comic super hero called Wheelchair Man, based on his own life story. Image: Comic book creator Mohammad Sayed and his mother Credit: Mohammad Sayed

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Janitor By Day, Artist By Night  

Robert Sundholm was working as a janitor when at the age of 60 he picked up a paintbrush and discovered he had a talent for art. Image: Robert Sundholm with some of his paintings Credit: Daniel Belardinelli

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My Kidnapped Brother's Secret Code  

Mike Haines' brother, David, was executed by so-called Islamic State in Syria in 2014. He tells Outlook how they'd anticipated his kidnap, even down to developing a code to communicate with and why paying a ransom was never an option. Image: Mike Haines Credit: Global Acts of Unity

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Outlook Weekend: Incognito  

Antimo Magnotta was the resident pianist on board the Costa Concordia cruise ship, which sank five years ago this week. After his escape from the vessel he made his way to London, where he began working as a waiter at the world famous V&A Museum. These days Antimo can be found in the same café where he waited tables, he's now working as one of the museum's house pianists. Tom Marcus - not his real name - was a spy, an undercover agent for the British security agency, MI5. A few years ago he spent several months pretending to be a homeless man living on the streets of north London. He went to great lengths to blend in, but it was all worth it when he ended up preventing two coaches full of school children from being blown up. Image: Protester wearing a black balaclava Credit: MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH/AFP/Getty Images

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Together After 19 Years  

Melake Gebresilassie and Senbetu Aynu Kidane - the Eritrean couple who were reunited after nearly 20 years apart. Image and credit: (L) Melake Gebresilassie (R) Senbetu Aynu Kidane.

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I depicted the Holocaust in comics  

American Art Spiegelman's book Maus started a revolution in the comic book world. It details his parents' terrible experiences during the Holocaust, and it became the only graphic novel to win the Pulitzer Prize - and is now on the school curriculum in the United States.

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I gave birth to my grandson  

Claudia Luca was 11 years old when she found out she was born without a womb. She grew up knowing she would never be able to have children. But then her mother, Antonietta, offered to help, and at the age of 53, became her daughter's surrogate and ended up giving birth to her grandson. (Photo credit: Ian Waldie/Getty Images.)

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Diving into a tar pit to find a murder weapon  

Sergeant David Mascarenas is an underwater diver for the police in the American city of Los Angeles. He's responsible for collecting weapons, bodies and other evidence from the waterways of the city. But when a murder enquiry began, he faced a new and quite dangerous challenge: retrieving evidence from the La Brea tar pits. These are pre-historic pits of bubbling tar right in the heart of the city. He told Jo Fidgen about his work. (Picture credit: LAPD.)

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Outlook Weekend: Two Weddings and a Funeral  

South African runner Caster Semenya shot to fame in 2009 when she won the 800 metres at the World Championships in Berlin. Her performance was so astonishing that some people wondered if she really was a woman. Now hear the unheard personal story of a great athlete and the controversial matter of her sex. Newly-single Bonnie Kate Pourciau was watching Batman: The Dark Knight Rises at a cinema in Colorado, when a man opened fire, killing 12 people, and wounding 70 including Bonnie Kate. After months in hospital and seven surgeries on her leg Bonnie eventually found her Hollywood happy ending. Noela Rukundo was attending a family funeral in her home country of Burundi when armed men forced her into a car, drove her away, and told her she was going to be killed. Worse still, Noela discovered it was her husband who had paid for this to happen. The men took pity on her, and freed Noela to confront her husband. Image: A bride looks over from behind her veil. Credit: Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images.

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Ex Heroin Addict Turned Media Mogul  

Suroosh Alvi is head of VICE media which has made a splash by targeting young people with edgy news stories and online entertainment. Suroosh is a former heroin addict, but after a stint in drug rehab he began his media empire with an underground magazine in Canada, where he grew up. Image: Suroosh Alvi founder of VICE media Credit: VICE

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Swim Champ Who Saved a Sinking Boat  

Sarah Mardini and her younger sister Yusra are both world class swimmers from Syria. When they were trying to flee their war torn country the sisters' talent saved the lives of 18 people when their boat got into trouble in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. They pushed the boat to safety and Sarah tells Matthew Bannister what that experience was like. Image: Sarah Mardini speaking to volunteers in Greece Credit: Arif Nurhakim

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Disaster Metres From Everest Summit  

British mountaineer and former soldier Leslie Binns was just 400 metres from achieving his lifelong dream of reaching the summit of Everest, when he came across an Indian climber, Sunita Hazra, who was in real danger. They told Jo Fidgen what happened next. Image and credit: Mountaineer Leslie Binns

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The Spy Who Pretended To Be Homeless  

Tom Marcus - not his real name - was a spy, an undercover agent for the British security agency, MI5. A few years ago he spent several months pretending to be a homeless man living on the streets of north London. He went to great lengths to blend in, but it was all worth it when he ended up preventing two coaches full of school children from being blown up. Image: homeless man sleeping in the streets of London Credit: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

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