Halloween hockey fans take Belarusian police by surprise

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright HC Dinamo Minsk Image caption “When shall we three meet again?” A Halloween costume competition at a Belarusian ice hockey match nearly went wrong because the police weren’t warned that hordes of fans would turn up dressed as ghouls and witches, it’s reported. Ice hockey giants Dinamo Minsk were playing their Russian arch-rivals [...]

The mystical fascist who admired Hitler

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Savitri Devi Archive Savitri Devi, a mystical admirer of Hitler and a cat-loving devotee of the Aryan myth, seemed destined to fade into obscurity after her death 25 years ago. But thanks to the rise of the extreme right, her name and her image now crop up online more and more, writes Maria [...]

Romania to investigate illegal logging in national park

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright YouTube Image caption Drone footage clearly shows deforested area at bottom-left The Romanian government has promised to act against illegal logging, after campaigners showed that a large swathe of trees in a protected forest has disappeared. A member of the public recently took dramatic drone footage in the Semenic-Cheile Carasului National Park, on [...]

Ukraine and Google playing Justin Trudeau’s ‘sock game’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Prime Ministers Volodymyr Groysman and Justin Trudeau met in Ottawa Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is well known for his style, and his colourful – sometimes themed – socks. When Ukraine’s trade representative, Nataliya Mykolska, visited Mr Trudeau she took the opportunity to contribute to his collection of – what [...]

‘Russian trolls’ promoted California independence

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Social media accounts with ties to Russia pushed a huge Twitter trend in favour of an independent California on US election night 2016, BBC Trending has learned. The campaign was one of at least two popular online independence drives with links to the Kremlin. It was a surprising development on a [...]

When Egypt’s World Youth Forum #WeNeedToTalk backfires

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Mohamed Meteab Image caption Activists on social media have been using the World Youth Forum hashtag to highlight human rights issues Many Egyptians on social media have adopted the slogan of an upcoming state-sponsored youth conference to air grievances about the way the country is run. The World Youth Forum conference will be [...]

My life as an al-Qaeda hostage

Warren Fyfe

Stephen McGown set off from London on his motorbike for a trip of a lifetime to South Africa. But in Timbuktu he was kidnapped by Islamist militants. CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT MORE Composite image subject to copyright Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41823067

Who stole Burma’s royal ruby?

Warren Fyfe

When Britain conquered Burma, the last king’s most treasured possession – an enormous, priceless ruby – disappeared. Who took it, where did it go, and where is it now? CLICK HERE TO READ MORE Image copyright Alamy Image subject to copyright Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41838026

John Kelly: US Civil War caused by ‘lack of compromise’

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Drew Angerer/Getty Images Image caption Gen Kelly described Confederate general Robert E Lee as “an honourable man” who “gave up his country to fight for his state” President Trump’s Chief of Staff General John Kelly has said an inability to compromise caused the American Civil War. Speaking to Fox News, Gen Kelly was [...]

Can a Facebook friend request be ‘harassment’?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images A filmmaker touched off a debate in Pakistan revolving around one question – can a Facebook friend request ever be considered harassment? It began with a visit to the hospital by the sister of Oscar-award winning Pakistani filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. After the treatment, the sister received a friend request from her [...]