The city where children fend for themselves

Warren Fyfe

Image caption Joao Vitor ended up on the streets aged 14 In 1937, Jorge Amado published Captains of the Sands, a novel about a gang of orphaned children living on the streets of Salvador, north-east Brazil. Eighty years on, little has changed – thousands of children and adolescents still roam the city and sleep rough. [...]

North Korean hockey players return home without gifts

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption North Korea recorded a victory over Slovenia, but finished fourth in their group Ice hockey players representing North Korea in a women’s world championship tournament in South Korea returned home this week, leaving behind most of the gifts presented to them by their hosts. The 30-member team, which participated [...]

Estonian troops give up their barracks to NATO allies

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Some Estonian soldiers will have to get used to the outdoor life Estonian troops have vacated their barracks for a tented camp in order to give visiting NATO allies a roof over their heads. Hundreds of conscripts of Estonia’s First Infantry Brigade are being moved out of their barracks [...]

The rise of left-wing, anti-Trump fake news

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Nora Carol Photography Since the US election presidential race, fact checking websites report what seems like an increase in anti-Trump, ‘liberal fake news’. The fact-checking site Snopes told BBC Trending radio that in the past week, for example, they have debunked many more anti-Republican party stories than pro-Republican ones. One example of an [...]

Moscow’s angry UN envoy, and a pricey Szechuan sauce

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@KermlinRussia Image caption An image on Russian social media depicting Mr Safronkov as lowly, captioned: “Hey you, look at me when I’m talking!” Russians online are lambasting their envoy to the UN after he delivered harsh words to his UK counterpart, Chinese users ridicule the price tag of a limited edition 1998 McDonald’s [...]

Easter pop star ‘Egg Sheeran’ a hit

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright @curryc39 Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appears to have some competition on his hands, by none other than his alter egg-o “Egg Sheeran”. The chart-topper has become a favourite in both school and workplace Easter-egg decorating competitions. And people are sharing their creative takes on social media, some of whom were lucky enough to win [...]

The joy of a Christian-Muslim wedding among Egypt’s Nubians

Warren Fyfe

The attacks this week on Coptic churches in northern Egypt underline the dangers faced by the country’s Christian minority. But among the Nubians – an ancient nation that lives along the upper reaches of the Nile – Muslims and Christians mostly live in harmony. Nicola Kelly attended a Muslim-Christian wedding, celebrated discreetly after nightfall, in [...]

Dortmund fans open homes to stranded away supporters

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@vespafoto Football’s ability to unite – even in testing times – was brought to the fore by German fans. Explosions that damaged Borussia Dortmund’s team bus in Germany on Tuesday ahead of a Champions League quarter-final against AS Monaco delayed the game by a day, and leaving some away fans stranded. In response, [...]

Saudi woman seeking asylum ‘forcibly’ returned home

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@Moudhi90 Image caption A Saudi woman has reportedly been repatriated to the kingdom after trying to seek asylum Social media users are rallying behind a Saudi woman who claims she was forcibly returned to the kingdom by her family as she tried to seek asylum in Australia. Dina Ali Lasloom, 24, was reportedly [...]