Why do people swear?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Thinkstock The English language contains an alphabet soup of swear words. Those of a sweary disposition can draw upon the A-word, the B-word, the C-word, the F-word, the S-word, the W-word and many more. So here’s a puzzle – if you see the F-word spelled out with all four letters, are you more [...]

The Brits hurrying to become German citizens

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images The Brexit debate in the UK is focusing on the rights of EU migrants in the country, among them about 300,000 Germans. Many people are worried about what will happen to them after Brexit. But how are the 100,000 Brits in Germany feeling? The BBC’s Damien McGuinness says many are hurrying [...]

Artist plans mock ‘Pray for Sweden’ event at embassy

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Artpusher 2017 Image caption People are being invited to gather at the Swedish embassy at 17:00 local time A mock vigil is planned in Copenhagen on Friday to show solidarity with Swedes over an event that never happened. Many people were baffled when US President Donald Trump suggested during a rally on Saturday [...]

Grey ‘blob’ takes seat in Ukraine parliament

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Borislav Bereza Image caption There was no shortage of spare seats for Mr Bereza and his companion A Ukrainian MP has brought a stuffed toy into parliament in a stunt intended to shame colleagues who don’t show up for work. Independent MP Borislav Bereza arrived with the grey blob-shaped toy on Friday morning [...]

Jasvinder Sanghera: I ran away to escape a forced marriage

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Jasvinder Sanghera Image caption Jasvinder (R) aged 15, with her sister Robina Jasvinder Sanghera was locked in a room by her parents when she was 16, when she refused to marry the man they had chosen for her. Here she describes how she escaped with the help of a secret boyfriend – but [...]

The housemates who found a lost plane wreck

Warren Fyfe

On 1 January 1985 a passenger jet crashed into a mountain in Bolivia killing all 29 people on board. No bodies were ever found. Nor were the black boxes that would have revealed the cause of the accident. But last year two young Americans decided to have a look themselves – and ended up achieving [...]

Jack Barsky: The KGB spy who lived the American dream

Warren Fyfe

It’s no secret that the Russians have long tried to plant “sleeper agents” in the US – men and women indistinguishable from normal Americans, who live – on the surface – completely normal lives. But what happens when one of them doesn’t want to go home? Jack Barsky died in September 1955, at the age [...]