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Extraordinary first person stories from around the world

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Outlook Weekend: Long Ride to Freedom  

The Freedom Riders of 1961 rode public buses into the American South to protest peacefully for equality, these are some of their stories. Image: Freedom Bus Credit: William Lovelace/Express/Getty Images

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The Dyslexic Baby Dinosaur Discoverer  

Palaeontologist Jack Horner found the first dinosaurs egg in the Western hemisphere. Plus, he's served as the technical advisor for all of the Jurassic Park films. All this despite the fact that Jack was unable to finish his studies because of his severe dyslexia. Credit Kevin Winter / Getty

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Rohan Marley: Bob's Rebel Son  

Rohan Marley grew up in the shadow of a star: his father, reggae legend Bob Marley. When Bob died from cancer in 1981, Rohan went off the rails. He ended up skipping school and was eventually expelled. He got his life back on track and went on to become a star in American football. After embracing Rastafarianism, he left sport and ended up starting a coffee company in his native Jamaica. Image: Rohan Marley Credit: Lou Bopp

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The Serial Killer I Couldn't Catch  

Ten years ago, the trial of Canada's most prolific serial killer opened in Vancouver. The case dated back to the 1990's when Detective Constable Lorimer Shenher was charged with investigating the disappearances of sex workers in the area. After several tip offs Lorimer became convinced that pig farmer Robert Pickton was the man responsible. But despite all his efforts he couldn't properly investigate Pickton, something that's haunted him for years. Some of the details that follow are disturbing. Image: Robert Picton Credit: Getty Images

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Fighting Farc with Morse Code Song  

Advertising executive Juan Carlos Ortiz grew up in the Colombian capital of Bogota, a country which has suffered decades of armed conflict and has long been among the major producers of illegal drugs such as cocaine. Juan Carlos ran a campaign against the addictive qualities of cocaine, and made powerful enemies of Farc guerillas who relied on the drugs trade. A few years later, Juan Carlos was asked by a Colombian army chief to get a secret message to hostages being held by Farc rebels in the middle of a jungle. Image: Advertising executive Juan Carlos Ortiz Credit: Courtesy of Juan Carlos Ortiz

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Outlook Weekend: My New Mum  

Raised a Black Panther child, Mary Williams found a new mum in celebrity, Jane Fonda. Sharon Shattuck's family set up changed abruptly when her dad said he wanted to be a woman. Image: Family Paper Chain Credit: mattjeacock/Getty Images

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I Took on the London Bridge Attackers  

Geoff Ho has been called a hero after he put himself between the attackers and his friends during the London Bridge attacks. Although Geoff was stabbed in the neck and stomach, he survived the attack and tells Matthew Bannister about the events of that evening. Image: Geoff Ho and his partner Credit: Geoff Ho

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The Mum Saving Musicians from Suicide  

Linda Phillips is transforming the lives of musicians. After her guitarist son took his own life, she decided to set up a suicide prevention centre for musicians in her home city Athens, Georgia. Outlook's Martin Matheny went to meet her. (l) Nuci’s Place and (r) Linda Phillips Credit: (l) Martin Matheny and (r) Jeffrey Lichtman

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I Found Hitler's Horses  

Arthur Brand is the Dutch art investigator on a mission to recover stolen art. He tells Outlook's Jo Fidgen about earning the trust of the police and the criminals, and going undercover to get back some of Hitler's favourite sculptures. Image: 'Walking Horses' by Austrian-German sculptor Josef Thorak from Hitler's Chancellery recovered in 2015 Credit: FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN/AFP/Getty Images

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Lightning Bolt Made Me a Music Maestro  

In 1994 Tony Cicoria was struck by lightning, and it had the strangest effect on him. Not only did he develop an insatiable desire to listen to piano music - something he'd never been interested in before - but he ended up composing his own sonatas. He tells Outlook's Daniel Gross his remarkable story. Image: Lightning strikes Credit: GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images

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Outlook Weekend: How Was Your Holiday?  

George Takei was told he was going on holiday but instead spent his childhood in a US internment camp. Musician Karl Williams went on a lads' holiday to Dubai and ended up in jail. Image: Girl with a suitcase standing on a jetty Credit: fcscafeine/iStock /Getty Images Plus

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Kenyan Runner's Marathon Escape  

Moninda Marube was born into a life of poverty and had to go out to work at the age of ten. He turned to running to change his fortunes, became successful, but then had to flee from tribal violence disguised as a woman. After being invited to compete in the USA, he fell into the hands of an unscrupulous agent. Image: Moninda Marube crossing the Santa Barbara finish line Credit: SBIM

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A human chain saved my drowning family  

When nine swimmers became caught in a rip tide off the coast of Florida in the USA, 80 people formed a human chain to drag them back to safety. (Picture courtesy of Roberta Ursey.)

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Texting my dead father  

James Vlahos created a chatbot to keep his father's memory alive. (Picture courtesy of James Vlahos.)

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Surviving a skydiving crash landing  

Emma Carey grew up in the Australian capital Canberra and was obsessed with sport. While holidaying in Switzerland, she got to fulfil one of her dreams: skydiving. However, things took a horrible turn. Emma's parachute and the emergency backup had become tangled and choked her instructor unconscious. She survived the crash landing and says there are positives from the accident. (Photo courtesy of Emma Carey.)

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Outlook Weekend: Curses  

Life in an anti-gay church, a sanitary pad designer accused of black magic, and the uncontrollable swearing caused by Tourette's syndrome Image: Fork lightning striking down Credit: prudkov/GettyImages

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Burmese Refugees Who Saved a US Church  

In 2008, the All Saints Episcopal church in Smyrna, a small town in a rural part of Tennessee in the United States, was on its last legs. Most of the parishioners had left, and the building was falling apart. But then a group of Karen refugees fleeing the civil war in Myanmar arrived in the community - and the church's fortunes were transformed. Photo: Ye Win (L) and vicar Michael Spurlock (R)

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Syria's Frontline Psychiatrist  

The physical wounds of war are obvious. But what about the mental scars left by violent conflict? No-one knows them better than the Syrian psychiatrist Dr Roula. She was the first woman director of Aleppo's state run psychiatric hospital - a job she took up in her mid thirties before the fighting broke out. Image: Man sitting on a step in Aleppo, Syria Credit: JIM LOPEZ/AFP/Getty Images

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Pakistani Lawyer 'Trolling the Trolls'  

Nighat Dad fought many battles to become a lawyer in Pakistan. But it was the custody battle for her own son that really got her thinking about the rights of women in her country. It wasn't just attitudes in the real world that annoyed Nighat, she was furious about the abuse that women got online too, and as a result set up the Digital Rights Foundation and Pakistan's first cyber harassment helpline. Image: Pakistani lawyer Nighat Dad Credit: ISOC (Internet and Society)

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From Poverty to the Premier League  

When footballer Moses Odubajo's mother died of malaria, he and his brothers kept it a secret from authorities in London so that they wouldn't be split up. He's now a top professional footballer and he told Jo Fidgen his story. Image: Moses Odubajo Credit: Getty Images / Michael Regan

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