Russia and Ukraine’s ‘Twiplomatic’ spat

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Alamy Image caption Russia and Ukraine took to Twitter to argue over the origins of Anna Yaroslavna Russia and Ukraine have long been at loggerheads over a whole range of issues. Their latest feud appears to be over the origins of 11th Century French queen Anna Yaroslavna, also known as Anne of Kiev. [...]

The city in Pakistan that loves a British hairstyle

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Secunder Kermani When BBC correspondent Secunder Kermani wanted to get a haircut in Pakistan, he decided to head to Mirpur, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. It was the one city where he could be sure of getting the same cut he normally has in London. As I waited outside the blast-proof walls of my hotel [...]

How an autistic child became world pinball champion

Warren Fyfe

Pinball champion Robert Gagno says having autism has made him a better player. But it’s also true that playing pinball has helped him live with autism. When Robert Gagno plays pinball at his local arcade a crowd usually gathers to watch. The Canadian, who lives near Vancouver in British Columbia, has such control he can [...]

Russian explorers find ‘swamp’ of Soviet money

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright YouTube/Abandoned Country Image caption Just some of the worthless banknotes found at an old mine near Moscow A group of explorers in Russia have found around a billion roubles in old Soviet money at an abandoned mine, but it’s all completely worthless. The group from Saint Petersburg, who publish a blog on abandoned [...]

Afghan star burns controversial dress

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Facebook/Aryana Sayeed Image caption Aryana Sayeed wore the dress during a concert in Paris earlier this month An Afghan singer and television personality has publicly burned a skin-coloured dress after religious figures and members of the public criticised her for wearing it during a recent concert. Aryana Sayeed uploaded a video to her [...]

‘When you’re ready, sing again.’ Advice to Ariana Grande

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Press Association Image caption In an open letter to Ariana Grande, a US father of three advised her to sing again when she feels ready A father of three has penned a heartfelt open letter to Ariana Grande following the Manchester attack where 22 people were killed and 64 injured. The letter posted [...]

Runners call for a ‘sea of yellow’ in Manchester tribute

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Facebook/Martin Smith Image caption Some runners around the UK plan to wear yellow this weekend in tribute to the Manchester victims Runners and their supporters around the UK plan to create a “sea of yellow” at marathons and other running events this weekend in tribute to the victims of the Manchester Arena attack. [...]

7 days quiz: How long is this cat?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world over the past seven days? If you missed last week’s quiz, try it here Picture credits: Getty Images; Barcroft Productions; Reuters; @OMAR_MAINECOONs Join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter Article source: [...]

The musician who taught three-year-olds to master the violin

Warren Fyfe

The violin is one of the most difficult instruments to master, yet Japanese teacher Shinichi Suzuki believed he could teach toddlers to play. Brothers Hideya and Toshiya Taida were two of the first students to graduate from the Suzuki Method. Witness is a World Service programme of the stories of our times told by the [...]