Kazakh leader’s home guard and Trump-O’Donnell Twitter feud

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Svetlana Glushkova/Radio Azattyq/RFERL Image caption Nesipkul Uyabaeva plastered the outside walls of her house in Astana with images of the Kazakh president to stop it from being demolished The Kazakh leader’s face is plastered on the walls of the home of an old woman hoping to avoid eviction, and on the other side [...]

7 days (non-election) quiz: How much is Jay Z worth?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world (apart from the UK general election) over the past seven days? If you missed last week’s quiz, try it here Picture credits: Getty Images; PA; Reuters Join the conversation – find us on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat [...]

Is my baby too big, or just big?

Warren Fyfe

When Tom and Elizabeth Flight were told their seven-month-old baby Arlo was in the 90th percentile for height, the 97th percentile for weight and the 99th for head circumference, they began to worry. How big can a baby get and still be considered normal, asks Jordan Dunbar. “I’m worried he’s one of the biggest babies [...]

A Russian honeytrap for Gen Flynn? Not me…

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Svetlana Lokhova When Svetlana Lokhova saw the internet light up with suggestions she was a Russian spy, she initially thought it was a joke. But the Russian-born academic soon found herself, in her words, “collateral damage” in the controversies surrounding the Trump administration and the swirl of allegations about Russian espionage. The claims [...]

Cartoons by Islamic State: A new propaganda tool

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images The sophisticated propaganda efforts of self-styled Islamic State group include a radio station, magazines, videos and photos – often depicting violent imagery. But earlier this year, there appeared to be a shift in the tone of the messaging from some supporters. Among the new methods of communication: cartoons. Earlier this year, [...]

Labour leak reaction: Mock Tory manifestos and magic money trees

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Twitter/@notthedeadone Drawing up an election platform is no easy feat, but some Twitter users appear to be outlining mock manifestos in a matter of minutes. Social media users who support Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn are drawing up mock Conservative manifestos, while his critics say Labour think money grows on trees. This comes after [...]

The day my child was killed by an elephant

Warren Fyfe

Conflict between humans and elephants is more intense in Sri Lanka than anywhere else in the world – 70 people are killed every year and more than 250 elephants die. Clashes are particularly frequent in areas that were abandoned for long periods during the country’s lengthy civil war. Last June, six-year-old Sulojini and her father, [...]

The Jewish refugees the US turned away

Warren Fyfe

In May 1939 more than 900 Jews fled Hitler’s Germany on a luxury liner, the SS St Louis; they hoped to reach Cuba then travel to the US, but were turned away from both. The increasingly desperate passengers were forced to sail back to Europe, where more than 250 of them were later killed by [...]

Why were 101 Uzbeks killed in the Netherlands in 1942?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Marco Hofste Photography They left their homes in Central Asia to fight against the German army. Then, dressed in rags, they were taken as prisoners to a concentration camp in the Netherlands. Few now alive remember the 101 mostly Uzbek men who were killed in a forest near Amersfoort in 1942 – and [...]

Was the Soviet James Bond Vladimir Putin’s role model?

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Alamy While generations of Westerners were growing up on the films of James Bond, Soviet citizens had their own favourite spy, a wartime agent who went under the name of Max Otto von Stierlitz. And it could easily have been Stierlitz who prompted Vladimir Putin to join the KGB, writes Dina Newman. The [...]