Construction projects across the U.S. receive a fresh source of funds from Chinese eager for a green card in exchange. Jane Lanhee Lee looks at the rising popularity of a once-obscure visa scheme.
NINE-YEAR-OLD Keat Rhodes looks just like any other little girl – but she was actually born male. The schoolgirl was only seven years old when she was diagnosed with gender identity disorder and began her transition from boy to girl. Since then she has undergone an incredible transformation with the support of her adoptive parents Emily, 36, and Clint, 41, LeVan, from Ohio, America. And over the next few years Keat, who has a younger brother, Blaine, seven, will undergo treatment to complete her transition from male to female.Today Keat is the picture of happiness but it hasn’t been easy and the family has endured a huge backlash from parents in their community. Made the subject of a Facebook hate campaign, they were accused of child abuse. Some even suggested Emily was turning Keat in to a Barbie doll. But they have fought the bullies and are striving to give their daughter a normal life.
Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan, Producer: Hannah Mouland, Editor: Ian Phillips / Joshua Douglas
A LAND fisherman caught a record-breaking 805lb mako shark - and then barbecued and ate it with his friends. Joey Polk, 29, and his two cousins Earnie Polk, 43, and Kenny Peterson, 21, battled the 11ft predator for more than an hour before finally hauling it onto the shore at a secret location on the Florida Panhandle. The catch, set on April 15, beat a previous record set by Earnie for a mako weighing 730lbs, in February 2009. The potential world-record is being judged by the International Land-Based Shark Fishing Association, who look at big game catches caught by fishing on dry land. The Polk family normally release their catches and have helped local groups tag hundreds for conservation. However, this shark was too tired after the epic battle and to avoid wasting him the trio enjoyed their catch at a jumbo-sized family barbecue.
Videographer / Director: Earnie Polk, Producer: Liam Miller, Editor: Joshua Douglas
MEGA-busty Elizabeth Starr fears her banned boob job will kill her after her breasts ballooned to a whopping O cup. The adult film star had now-illegal 'string' implants 15 years ago to boost her career - but says her life has been ruined by her super-sized chest. Doctors have recommended Elizabeth face a double mastectomy rather than live with her ticking time bomb implants. But the mum-of-two, who has endured a staggering 63 corrective procedures, says she can't face more surgery despite being at risk from blood clots and infection.
Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan
Producer: Jack McKay / Liam Miller
Editor: Ben Churcher / Ian Phillips
Caught on camera: the moment a meteor lit up the sky in Russia
A BRILLIANT blue-white light streaks across the night sky in the Russian city of Murmansk, before appearing to flare and disappear from view. The celestial body is believed to be a giant meteorite - similar to the one that exploded above Chelyabinsk in February of last year. The sight was captured on a camera mounted on the dashboard of a car. Emergency services said no injuries or damage was reported.
Footage: Alexandr Kryazhev, Producer: Tom Midlane, Editor: Ian Phillips.
A look back at the shocking accident which took place during the 2013 Gran Turismo Polonia race in Poznan, western Poland. A Koenigsegg CCR supercar, operated by a Norwegian driver, lost control and crashed into a crowd of spectators, resulting in 19 injuries.