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The fantasy life of a Turkish prisoner  

Turkish writer Burhan Sönmez escaped into his imagination to cope with prison torture. (Photo credit: Kaan Saganak.)

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Outlook Weekend: Playing For My Life  

Robert Katende was brought up in a slum in Uganda but his life was transformed when he discovered the game of chess. He has gone on to teach the game to some of Kampala's poorest children including Phiona Mutesi who has represented Uganda at the world chess championships and whose story has been made into a Disney film called "The Queen of Katwe". Maria Toor Pakay is so passionate about sport that she once disguised herself as a boy to enter a weightlifting competition. She comes an ultra-conservative region of Pakistan, where many strongly believe that women should not take part in any kind of sport. Despite having received death threats from those who disagreed with her competing, Maria has now become a world class squash player. Image: Egyptian protester removes net from a basketball ring in a school playground in Cairo. Credit: Ed Giles, Getty Images

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The man performing mime for 65 years  

Richmond Shepard is an 87-year-old mime artist from New York - he says he's one of the few remaining professional mimes still working in the US - and claims he's certainly the oldest. Richmond's had an illustrious career, including working with the famous French mime artist Marcel Marceau. Outlook's Sorcha Glackin went to see him teaching a mime class. Image & credit: Richmond Shepard

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I Beat My Bullies with Cricket  

Even though discriminating against people on grounds of their caste has been illegal in India for years, people can still find themselves severely disadvantaged. Vimal Kumar is from one of the lowest castes - the Chuhras. They are sometimes called 'the untouchables'. For generations his family have made their living by cleaning out toilet pits, but today Vimal is studying for a PHD. He's managed to rise above the caste system and wants to helps the rest of his community to do the same. He told Matthew Bannister about his memories of being at school. Image and credit: Vimal Kumar

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The Tourist Who Tackled a Gunman on a Train  

Spencer Stone is an American airman who was on holiday in France last year when he tackled a gunman on a train, and narrowly escaped with his life. He's been honoured by the French and US presidents, but life hasn't been plain sailing since and he tells Jo Fidgen about the extraordinary year he's had. Image: Spencer Stone talking to President Obama at the White House credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

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I Introduced Chess to Kampala's Slums  

Robert Katende was brought up by his grandma in Uganda and was so poor that he spent all of his time outside of school working in a garden. Nevertheless he excelled at school and when he discovered chess, his life was transformed. He now teaches chess to some of Kampala's poorest children - some of whom can neither read nor write. Image: Robert Katende in Katwe Credit: ISAAC KASAMANI/AFP/Getty Images

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Outlook Weekend: In My Element  

British sailor Tracy Edwards tells her story of defying expectations to sail around the world with an all-female crew. Lars Mytting tells us about the Norwegian culture of fire, chopping wood and romance. French aristocrat Philippe Pozzo Di Borgo learns an incredible life lesson after losing the use of his limbs in a paragliding accident. Alison Teal witnesses the earth being reborn by surfing next to an erupting volcano in Hawaii. Image: surfer rides a wave Credit: Getty Imges/David McNew

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My Kidnappers Called Me Mother  

Donu Kogbara is a journalist who's reported on Nigeria's oil-producing region, the Niger Delta, for many years. In August 2015 she became part of the story, when she was kidnapped. Photo: British-Nigerian journalist Donu Kogbara. Credit: BBC

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Zambian MP: I posed as a sex worker  

As a newly-elected MP, Princess Kasune announced her HIV-positive status and challenged her fellow politicians to be tested for the virus. But her quest to prevent the spread of HIV goes back even further. Not long after she got her results, Princess pretended to be a sex worker, so she could speak to truck drivers about safe sex. (Picture credit: Kennedy Gondwe.)

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The secret fraudster in my family  

When she was 19 years old, Axton Betz-Hamilton discovered that she had been a victim of identity theft. She vowed to track down the fraudster - and made a shocking discovery. (Photo credit: Ted Connolly.)

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The UN Commander Haunted by Rwanda  

After saving tens of thousands of people during the Rwandan genocide, Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire has grappled with post-traumatic stress. He was in the UK recently at the RISING Global Peace Forum where he was speaking about his Child Soldiers Initiative. (Photo credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images.)

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Outlook Weekend: Fighting Back  

PJ Powers is one of South Africa's best known singers. She started her career during the apartheid era of the 1980s and became the first white woman to perform to an all-black audience in the Soweto township. Melissa Dohme from Florida was viciously attacked by her ex-boyfriend and left for dead. But against all the odds she survived. Now she's found love in an unlikely place. Image: A woman raising her fist to the sky. Credit: AP/Cliff.

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The Murder Victim Who Refused To Die  

Melissa Dohme from Florida was viciously attacked and left for dead. But against all the odds she survived. Now she's found love in an unlikely place. Image: Melissa Dohme Credit: Melissa Dohme

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The Singer Who Defied Apartheid  

PJ Powers is one of South Africa's best known singers. She started her career during the apartheid era of the 1980s and became the first white woman to perform to an all-black audience in the Soweto township. PJ became a prominent anti-apartheid activist sharing the stage with black South African musicians and eventually singing at Nelson Mandela's inauguration as President. Image and credit: PJ Powers

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Bodyguard for Moscow's Gay Scene  

Russia is not an easy place at the moment for people who are gay or transgender. Things have got a lot worse in recent years - and a night out on the town can come with the threat of physical violence. Tapir works as a bodyguard protecting events for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people - and has quite an extraordinary personal story himself. He identifies as gender queer - somewhere between male and female - though he's happy to use the masculine pronoun. He's been telling Jo Fidgen about the kind of trouble activists can face at their events. Photo Credit: Olga Maltsev, AFP, Getty Images

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Held by Somali Pirates for 4.5 years  

Taiwanese boat engineer, Shen Jui-chang was freed last month after spending nearly five years as a hostage. When the fishing boat he was working on was captured by Somali pirates the whole crew was taken to Somalia. Despite living in desperate conditions and eating snakes and scorpions to survive, Shen Jui-chang refused to abandon his fellow hostages when he was given the chance to be freed.

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Outlook Weekend: My Secret Family  

Caitriona Palmer was given up for adoption in Ireland in the 1970s. She had a happy childhood and never felt the need to find her birth mother. But when she was in her 20s, she started working in Bosnia exhuming mass graves and the experience moved her to look for her birth mother. Today they have a good relationship, but it's still a secret to some in their family. Karen Guthrie is a film-maker from Scotland. On the surface she has a pretty ordinary family, but when Karen discovered that her dad had a secret second family in the east African country of Djibouti she decided to film a documentary about their story. Phyllis Whitsell is a nurse who faced a heart-wrenching dilemma that few of us will ever have to confront. When she was a few months old, she was sent to an orphanage, and a few years later, she was adopted. Her new family never spoke of it, and Phyllis thought that her birth parents had died of tuberculosis. But Phyllis had a strange intuition.

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My dad's Djibouti double life  

Karen Guthrie thought she had an ordinary family until she uncovered her father's secret

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The band behind Bosnia's protest songs  

Dubioza Kolektiv, the band mixing elements of rock, reggae and traditional Balkan music.

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Monsters, miracles and hope  

The South African rape survivor who became an inspiration to women all over the world

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