Two days in an underwater cave without oxygen

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Toni Cirer Three months ago, Xisco Gràcia experienced what he describes as every diver’s worst nightmare – he found himself without oxygen in an underwater cave, relying on an air pocket for survival. As hours turned into days he realised he might not be found in time. On Saturday 15 April, Xisco Gràcia [...]

The killing of Qandeel Baloch: One year on

Warren Fyfe

A family suffering. A family torn apart. A family grieving. This is the story of a girl that who had dreams to be a star. They called her Pakistan’s “Kim Kardashian”. She divided opinion in socially conservative Pakistan, and had expressed fears for her life as a result. One year from the anniversary of Qandeel [...]

Is my tower block safe?

Warren Fyfe

Phil Murphy watched the Grenfell disaster unfold on television from his flat on the eighth floor of a Manchester tower block. The former firefighter immediately decided to check out his own building’s safety – and was horrified at what he discovered. On the morning of 14 June, as he switched on the news, Murphy knew [...]

Tales from the new Silk Road

Warren Fyfe

China calls it the project of the century – a massive roll-out of Chinese-built infrastructure to remake the map of the global economy with China at its heart. Some see this new Silk Road as an opportunity, others as a power grab. Carrie Gracie travelled from China to Europe to hear the stories of the [...]

Putin’s mystery passenger sends the internet into a frenzy

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Zvezda TV Russian social media has been abuzz with discussions of President Putin’s “mysterious passenger”. Military TV channel Zvezda has shown a video of Putin at a sacred monastery in Valaam, Russia, opening a car door for a passenger with what looks like a red bag or dress. The president then quickly shuts [...]

Cancer MOT: Mechanic taking on prostate cancer

Warren Fyfe

When Errol McKellar, a mechanic from Hackney, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 he made it his mission to raise awareness of the condition by offering 20% discounts to any customer willing to go for cancer checks. McKellar has since helped 48 men get diagnosed who did not realise they had prostate cancer. Twenty-eight [...]

Pakistan’s secret atheists

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Being an atheist in Pakistan can be life-threatening. But behind closed doors, non-believers are getting together to support one another. How do they survive in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence? Omar, named after one of Islam’s most revered caliphs, has rejected the faith of his forefathers. He is [...]

Estonian capital to light up medieval city walls

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Sean Gallup/Getty Images Image caption Tallinn Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site The Estonian capital Tallinn is launching an international competition for people to design night-time illuminations for its medieval Old Town. Deputy Mayor Kalle Klandorf says “We want to create a nocturnal view of Old Tallinn that will linger long [...]

Chinese web users poke fun at ‘snobbish’ Beijing dating requirements

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Sina Weibo Image caption The hashtag landing page for #WontConsiderANonBeijingGirl# Tens of thousands of users of the Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo are engaging in a lively discussion about dating in China. An article in the state-owned magazine Phoenix Weekly on what Beijing people look for in China’s “marriage markets” often arranged in parks [...]