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I Woke Up During Surgery  

Donna Penner was admitted to hospital for surgery. It should have been a straightforward procedure but Donna woke up during the operation and was completely unable to alert the doctors. Image: In the operating theatre. Credit: Ulrich Baumgarten/Getty Images.

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Black to the Future  

The college that aims to turn out America's next black leaders. (Picture: Frederick Anderson. Credit: AP Photo/Atlanta Journal Constitution/Curtis Compton.)

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I felt so guilty for being kidnapped  

Ana Victoria Bastidas is set to become Colombia's first female Anglican priest. She was kidnapped by a guerrilla group for trying to find young girls who had been abducted. (Picture: Ana Victoria Bastidas. Credit: Conciliation Resources/Ingrid Guyon.)

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The pianist who escaped a shipwreck  

Antimo Magnotta was entertaining guests on board the cruise ship, the Costa Concordia when it hit a reef and started to sink. (Photo credit: Antimo Magnotta.)

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Outlook Weekend: Something Doesn't Add Up  

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. In 2010 a bank error meant that Luke Moore was automatically granted any loan request he made. Over the next two years or so, he withdrew more than two million Australian dollars spending it all on sports cars, speed boats and memorabilia. Image: Fingerprint scan. Credit: Ian Waldie/Getty Images

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Reading the President's Letters  

Fiona Reeves reads thousands of letters sent to President Obama by the American people each day. She then selects ten of them for the President to read every night. Image :Fiona Reeves delivering one of her specially selected letters to President Barack Obama Credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

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Phoning My Brother's Killer  

Rana Singh Sodhi sought refuge in the US after he was persecuted in India as a Sikh. However, after the attacks in New York on September 11th, 2001, his brother was murdered in a hate crime. He discusses how he ended up having a conversation with his brother's killer. Image: Rana Singh Sodhi Credit: Rana Singh Sodhi

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How Two Friends Found a Lost Plane  

American flatmates Dan Futrell and Isaac Stoner decided to try and solve a 30-year-old mystery in Bolivia - why Eastern Airlines Flight 980 crashed into the mountainside on the approach to La Paz airport on New Year's Day 1985. Image: Dan Futrell (L) and Isaac Stoner (R) with a piece of Eastern Airlines Flight 980 Credit: Dan Futrell

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Extreme Marriage Counselling in China  

Image: Wedding couples at a group wedding ceremony in Xian Credit: China Photos/Getty Images

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Outlook Weekend: Love Against the Odds  

Jo Fidgen hears from an American woman who's allergic to her husband, lovers from Iraq who found each other during wartime, and a couple whose road to marriage began in a sperm bank. Image: Heart made from hands Credit: Cedric Ribeiro/Getty Images

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Former Child Fishing Slave Now Rescuing Others  

When James Kofi Annan was six years old he was sold into slavery by his parents. He was forced to work punishingly long hours as a child fisherman on Lake Volta, and saw other child slaves drown from the hazardous work they were made to do. Years later, James eventually managed to escape, went back to school, and set up a charity credited with saving thousands of other Ghanaian children from slavery. Image: James Kofi Annan Credit: Anne L Geissinger

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Kenya's Karate Grannies  

The Korogocho area of Nairobi has a reputation for being tough and dangerous. Robbery and sexual violence are a problem and often elderly women are the targets. One fed-up resident decided it was time to fight back and she set up a martial arts class for senior citizens. Image: Elderly women learning karate for self-defence in Korogocho slum, Nairobi, Kenya. Credit: Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images.

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The screams 'sound like war cries'  

Kyriakos Papadopoulos grew up on the Greek island of Lesbos, became a sailor, and eventually joined the coastguard. He says he had a calm life, until thousands of people fleeing conflict began risking their lives trying to cross the sea to reach the European Union. Now it is his job to try and save them from drowning. (Photo Credit: Kyriakos Papadopoulos.)

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From Refugee to British Baroness  

The untold story of how Arminka Helic went from fleeing war in Bosnia to befriending Hollywood star, Angelina Jolie, and joining the British House of Lords. Baroness Helic has never given an interview before but she agreed to speak to Outlook. (Picture credit: BBC.)

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The Lawyer Fighting Back Against Revenge Porn  

Carrie Goldberg is a pioneering American lawyer who specialises in cases of so-called 'revenge porn' - or non-consensual pornography. A typical situation would be an angry ex distributing intimate photos or video clips - often on the internet - without the consent of the person in those images. It can have devastating consequences, and Carrie takes it very personally when she hears about such attacks on a person's privacy - because, as she tells Outlook's Jo Fidgen, she was a victim of it herself. Image: Carrie Goldberg Credit: L Pratt

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Outlook Weekend: They Said I Was Crazy  

When Seema Aziz started the fashion house Bareeze, doubters told her she was crazy. Against the odds Seema built one of Pakistan's most famous brands, but when a devastating flood hit her factory outside Lahore she decided to turn her attention to the welfare of her workers. The result is the CARE Foundation and over 700 schools to educate poorer children across Pakistan. As a newly-elected Zambian 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. Image: Laughing clowns at a carnival Credit: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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The Secret Link Between Two Gymnasts  

In 1996 Dominique Moceanu made headlines as the youngest ever member of the US women's gymnastics team to win a Gold Medal at the Olympic Games - she was only 14 years old. Watching her from afar was Jennifer Bricker, a little girl in Illinois who was born without legs but was still determined to become an acrobat. They tell Outlook's Matthew Bannister the story of how their lives intersected in the most extraordinary way. Image: Jennifer Bricker (L) doing a handstand and Dominique Moceanu (R) competing in the 1996 Olympic Games Credit: Jennifer Bricker, image courtesy of Baker Publishing Group; Dominique Moceanu, Getty Images

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Finding Love in Wartime Iraq  

US Army interpreter Nayyef Hrebid and Iraqi soldier Btoo Allami met and fell in love during the height of the Iraq War. But how did their love survive in a country where same-sex relationships are taboo, and gay people are often at risk of violent attacks? (L) Btoo Allami - Iraqi soldier and (R) Nayyef Hrebid - US Army interpreter. Credit: World of Wonder Productions

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Ex-President: The Day I Was Shot  

Jose Ramos Horta is considered one of Asia's greatest statesmen - he's helped his country East Timor win independence, he's won the Nobel Peace Prize, he's been a prime minister and a president, and he's survived an assassination attempt. In a very personal interview, he describes grappling with the everyday business of an ordinary life while making history. Image: Jose Ramos Horta and Jo Fidgen in the Outlook studio Credit: n/a

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Outlook Weekend: Miracle Child  

Three miraculous stories including a baby girl who became a symbol of hope for Mumbai, a teenager who fell out of a plane and a 5-year-old who took 25 years to find his way home. Image: A girl in Afghanistan at sunset Credit: AREF KARIMI/AFP/Getty Images

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