The complex history of deciding who can compete in sports as a woman

High-profile sports events are invariably divided into female and male categories, but human beings do not always fit into one of those categories.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights estimates that between 0.05 and 1.7 per cent of the population is born with intersex traits, also known as differences of sex development (DSD).

So, what happens to athletes who fall somewhere between the male and female categories?

https://globalnews.ca/news/5228689/sports-competition-women-caster-semenya-cas/

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How the UK painted itself into a corner

Explaining why the UK is finding it so difficult to leave the EU.

The enduring spirit of St. Bride’s Church

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A feature report for BBC Radio 4’s Sunday programme, about the remarkable St. Bride’s Church of Fleet Street, London. (Click here. Report begins at 29:30)

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Courtesy: Christopher Ward

 

The timeline of Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance

What really happened to missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi? As the mystery deepens, pressure is mounting on U.S. President Donald Trump to confront Saudi Arabia over the case. (click on image to view story)

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Amesbury couple “handled contaminated item”

A British government minister has accused Russia of using the United Kingdom as a “dumping ground for poison”. It comes as a team of British counter-terrorism investigators work on the second Novichok nerve agent poisoning in four months. (Click on picture to view the story).

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UK Radio Academy awards

The Radio Academy award (ARIAS) for Best News Coverage 2017 went to the Stephen Nolan Show on BBC Radio 5 live for its coverage of the London Bridge attacks, when eight people were killed and dozens more were injured. I was part of the BBC Radio 5 live team that night, reporting from the scene.

 

Cycling the border

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In August 2017, I cycled the length of the Irish border to speak to local people about what a change to the frontier might mean after Brexit. I produced a three-part radio series on the trip; first for BBC Radio 5 live, and then for RTÉ Radio 1.

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Here is the series as it aired on RTÉ Radio 1’s Drivetime programme: