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Peru's first Grammy winner  

Susana Baca is one of Peru's best loved singers. She went into teaching, but always loved to sing. It wasn't until Susana was in her fifties that her extraordinary talent was discovered by David Byrne, the lead singer of the American group Talking Heads. Since then she has been taking her style of Afro-Peruvian music around the world and in 2002 she won a Latin American Grammy. (Picture credit: Jane Chambers.)

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Living with a 15-minute memory  

Christine Hyung-Oak Lee had a stroke at the unusually young age of 33. It happened whilst she was on holiday in California, with her then husband, Adam. On the morning of New Year's Eve 2006 she woke up with a bad headache, but thought nothing of it, until she was rushed to hospital. After her stroke Christine began taking notes of her experiences because her memory had started to wipe itself every fifteen minutes. (Picture credit: Kristyn Stroble.)

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Outlook Weekend: Caged  

Dr Amir Khalil puts his life on the line to save animals in conflict zones. Recently, he and his team of vets risked sniper fire from so-called Islamic State militants to rescue a bear and a lion from a zoo in war-torn Mosul, Iraq. Witnessing the brutal murder of her best friend in prison made Debbie Kilroy realise she wanted more for herself than a life behind bars. Debbie became the first woman in Australia to become a lawyer after being convicted of serious criminal offences. Image: Caged Parrot. Credit: ScarTech/GettyImages.

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The Girl Stolen by a Soldier  

Isabelina "Nina" Pinto was one of many children taken from East Timor when it was occupied by Indonesia. She now helps to reunite others with their families. Image: Nina Pinto Credit: BBC

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I Dressed As a Man to Work in a Mine  

Pili Hussein from Tanzania disguised herself as a man so she could work down a mine. She wanted to make her fortune from the extremely rare gemstone known as Tanzanite. She fooled her male colleagues for ten years and now has her own mining company. Image: Tanzanian miner Pili Hussein Credit: Pili as a miner (Gaure Mdee) and Pili speaking into a microphone (BBC)

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From Child Soldier to Master Knitter  

Simon Peter Otoyo was abducted by the LRA as a child and forced to fight. He was blinded by gunshot and fearing for his life, he fled the LRA. He tells us about his dramatic escape through the bush and how he has turned his life around through knitting. Image: Simon Peter Otoyo and his knitting machine Credit: Aurelie Marrier d'Unienville/Sightsavers

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Outlook Weekend: Lucky You Were Passing  

American lawyer, Daniel Belardinelli, was visiting a court in New Jersey when some sketches hanging on the wall caught his eye. He discovered that they were made by a man called Robert Sundholm. He was working as the building's janitor, but Daniel thought he had found a future star of the art world. Former British Army soldier, Leslie Binns was within days of achieving his lifelong ambition to climb to the summit of Mount Everest, when he came across Sunita Hazra on the trail. She had run out of oxygen and was close to death. To save her life, he would have to abandon his dream. Image: Pedestrians wait to cross a busy street, Hong Kong credit: PHILIPPE LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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The Day the Music Stopped  

Violin virtuoso Min Kym was a child prodigy whose family moved to London to help her to develop her talent. Then, at 21, she met the love of her life: a Stradivarius violin. However, when she was at the height of her career, she became the victim of a crime that made headlines around the world. Image: Min Kym with her Stradivarius violin Credit: Min Kym

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Marrying The Firefighter Who Saved Me  

On the 15th of April 2013, two bombs exploded along the final route of the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring over two hundred. Standing close to the finishing line that day was Roseann Sdoia cheering on her friend who was taking part in the race. Roseann was badly injured by the second explosion, she lost much of her right leg and almost lost her life. Several people helped her that day, one of those people was firefighter Mike Materia who Roseann is now engaged to. Image: Roseann Sdoia embracing Mike Materia. Credit: Roseann Sdoia.

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Finding love after an acid attack  

Aarti Thakur and Prashant Pingle have both survived acid attacks. At the time of their attacks, they were complete strangers, but now they have fallen in love and are getting married. (Picture credit: Aarti Thakur/Prashant Pingle.)

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The bus ride that changed a boy's life  

Like a lot of little boys, RG Williams loved buses. In the 1980s he would ride on one every day to school in Louisville, Kentucky. Those journeys would change his life, taking him out of the poor area he lived in and filling him with hope for the future.

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Musicians flying the Haitian flag  

In the final part of Outlook's Haiti season Jo Fidgen meets the young people who feel they can make a difference to their country through sounds, voices and instruments. Electronic dance music DJ and producer Michael Brun has been called the Haitian sensation. He tours the world headlining festivals and parties, but always carries a Haitian flag with him to remind him of home. Michael's ambition is to change the negative image of his country, which he's doing through his hit Wherever I Go, which went viral in minutes. To get an authentic Haitian sound for the song he collaborated with music students at the Audio Institute in the south of Haiti. Schneidine Phidelmond was brought up to challenge female stereotypes and not be a 'slave to a man'. She's chosen sound engineering and studies at the Audio Institute. Schneidine wants to make Haiti sound better and she also feels that her generation should embrace Haiti's traditional voodoo music, instead of seeing it as evil. Princess Eud is one of Haiti's best known female rappers. She's made it in a male industry and her powerful lyrics point to women's right and injustices. Princess Eud also wants her generation to reconnect with their traditional roots and has her own fashion label, which is influenced by African designs. (Picture: Michael Brun. Credit: BBC.)

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Outlook Weekend: Horse Power  

Monty Roberts is a horse trainer who has a remarkable relationship with horses. He has developed a radical way of communicating with them that has earned him many fans, including Queen Elizabeth. Enos Mafokate is South Africa's first black show jumper. His exceptional talent and passion for horses helped break down the racial barriers that governed all life in the apartheid era. Image: Two horses standing side by side. Credit: Getty Images.

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The Jockey Who Cheated Death  

The story of a top Irish jockey who came back from the dead. Declan Murphy suffered a terrible head injury after a fall at the height of his career. It left him in a coma in hospital and British newspapers published his obituary. But Declan pulled through and managed to ride again. Image: Declan Murphy riding for the first time after his near fatal accident Credit: Phil Cole/ALLSPORT/Getty Images

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Syria's Monuments Man  

Syria is home to some of the world's most significant archaeological sites, but during years of conflict lots of them have been looted or even destroyed. Isber Sabrine is a former tour guide from the country and has set up a network of volunteers to document Syria's lost priceless antiquities. Image: Isber Sabrine Credit: Isber Sabrine

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Saving Lives After Haiti's Hurricane  

Outlook is back in Haiti and this time Jo Fidgen meets some of the extraordinary people who worked to save lives during Hurricane Matthew. Ertha Cressido Papillon opened her home to hundreds of people from her village who had lost their homes in the category 4 storm. Ertha's house isn't big, there was standing room only, but people were safe because it was a concrete structure. Melissa Mecklembourg and Jacquelin Petit work for Haiti Air Ambulance, they were in the skies not long after the hurricane struck delivering aid and assistance. They take Jo on a helicopter ride to one of the affected areas and introduce her to Dr Marie Magalie Veillard, who is the medical director of OFATMA hospital in Les Cayes. This was the only hospital in this part of Haiti working In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane and because many of the roads were broken injured patients had to walk for hours and sometimes days to get there. Outlook is back in Haiti and this time Jo Fidgen meets some of the extraordinary people who worked to save lives during Hurricane Matthew. Image: Jacquelin Petit and Melissa Mecklembourg from Haiti Air Ambulance. Credit: n/a

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Bringing Beauty to Haiti's No-Go Slum  

Jo Fidgen takes Outlook to Haiti to meet some of the extraordinary people who are helping their country recover from natural disasters and political instability. Daniel Tillias grew up in a shanty town in Haiti that had a bad reputation for violence and poverty. Cite Soleil was once described as the most dangerous place in the world, but Daniel's trying to transform his neighbourhood through his community project Sakala. He has built a garden called Jaden Tap Tap. It's set on an acre of land on a former rubbish dump and grows trees, plants and vegetables, as well as training local people to produce their own food. Jo also meets one of the young gardeners, Yvenine Luc, who is trying to make a difference here. Image: Daniel Tillias in his garden in Cite Soleil Credit: n/a

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Outlook Weekend: The Bodyguard  

Clint Hill was assigned as the bodyguard to American First Lady Jackie Kennedy from 1960 to 1964. On the day that President John F Kennedy was shot, Clint was riding in the car immediately behind the President and his wife. He leapt onto the car to try to protect the President from the bullets but was unable to save him. The fact that Clint didn't take the bullet that killed the President has haunted him for decades. Tapir works as a bodyguard protecting events for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Russia. He himself identifies as gender queer -somewhere between male and female.. His father didn't understand - and thought that sending him into the army might change him. In 2004 Neryl Joyce resigned from her job as a soldier in the Australian army. She was a single mum with a young son, but she didn't turn her back on danger. Neryl became a private bodyguard in war-torn Baghdad. Her first job was guarding members of Iraq's electoral commission, a key target for insurgents as they would be responsible for organising the first democratic elections since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Image: The back of a secret service agent's head Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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Joseph Kony called me "Mummy Bigombe"  

Betty Bigombe has come face to face with one of the most ruthless rebel leaders the world has known. For many years, Betty Bigombe played a key role in trying to end one of Africa's longest-running insurgencies: she was negotiating peace between Joseph Kony, the notorious commander of the Lord's Resistance Army, and the Ugandan government. Needless to say, her job was difficult and dangerous. Betty is from the Acholi region in northern Uganda - where the LRA and other rebel groups started a guerilla war in the mid to late 1980s. She studied social sciences at university and then became a Member of Parliament. Betty tells Matthew Bannister why she felt it was her duty to do something about the violence and trauma in her home region. Photo courtesy of Betty Bigombe

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Ahmed Kathrada: Anti-Apartheid Leader  

Remembering the South African anti-apartheid leader Ahmed Kathrada who died this week aged 87. Ahmed was a prominent ANC activist and close friend of Nelson Mandela. They were arrested in 1963 and in what became known as the Rivonia case, they were both sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labour. Ahmed spoke to Outlook's Matthew Bannister in 2010 about his memories of the first day of that sentence. Image: Ahmed Kathrada Credit: STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/GettyImages

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