Who is the Turkmenator and what is a Russian socialite doing at a shipyard?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright TURKMEN TV ALTYN ASYR Image caption The ‘Turkmenator’ loads his weapon A video featuring Turkmenistan’s president displaying his military prowess has been gaining traction on social media – but not for the reasons you might think. The country’s opposition website Khronika Turkmenistana edited a state TV video of President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov demonstrating his [...]

She rang me as bombs fell… Then she vanished

Warren Fyfe

Late last year, the BBC’s Mike Thomson received a desperate call from a bomb shelter in the Syrian city of Aleppo. It came from head teacher and mother of three Om Mudar, who pleaded for help getting her terrified family out of the rebel-held part of the city. When Thomson was unable to make contact [...]

How one man built a $51m theme park for his daughter

Warren Fyfe

A father from Texas realised there were no theme parks where his disabled daughter could play. So he decided to build one. Gordon Hartman had just got out of the swimming pool on a family holiday, when his 12-year-old daughter Morgan went up to some children playing in the water. She tried to make friends [...]