The online bots behind Vladimir Putin’s birthday wishes

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Russian President Vladimir Putin pictured on holiday in Siberia in August When President Vladimir Putin turned 65 on 7 October, he was not short of online well-wishers. But how many were real? A hashtag which translates as “Happy Birthday President” began trending in early that day in Russia. One [...]

Saudi Arabia bans ‘nightwear’ in sport stadiums

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright @fi9_z/Twitter Image caption This diagram illustrating the ban has been widely shared on Twitter Saudi Arabia’s sports authority has banned anyone “inappropriately dressed” from entering stadiums or facilities. Since the ban was announced on 10 October, the hashtag “banning nightwear in stadiums” has been used close to 60,000 times on Twitter. The decision [...]

Students skate 352 miles during Chinese holiday week

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright SINA WEIBO Image caption Two students travelled 352 miles (567 kilometres), the same distance from London to Sheffield and back A couple of Chinese students opted to avoid traffic jams during the Golden Week holiday by travelling 352 miles (567 kilometres) to their destination by roller skate, it’s reported. According to Beijing Youth [...]

Donna Karan defends Weinstein, suggests women ‘asking for it’

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Image copyright Mireya Acierto/Getty Images Image caption Donna Karan subsequently apologised for her comments Fashion designer Donna Karan has defended Harvey Weinstein, who was fired from his own movie company following accusations of sexual harassment spanning several decades. Speaking on Sunday, the designer suggested women could be “asking for it by presenting all the sensuality [...]

The Viking therapy club

Warren Fyfe

Hundreds gather in Wolin, Poland, to recreate Viking culture and take part in fierce, competitive battles. For a significant number, it’s a way of escaping their past – a past scarred by violence. TAP HERE TO READ THEIR STORIES Image subject to copyright Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41475380

New Zealand Police sorry for crash death tweet

Warren Fyfe

Image copyright @NZPolice/Twitter New Zealand Police has apologised after an “insensitive” tweet about road death victims. Criticism on social media labelled the tweet “tone-deaf” and “staggering”. “When we have to tell someone their family member has died in a crash,” said the tweet from the official New Zealand Police twitter account, alongside a gif featuring [...]

7 days quiz: Which renowned thinker is connected to Victoria Beckham?

Warren Fyfe

It’s the weekly news quiz – have you been paying attention to what’s been going on in the world 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 and Twitter Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41517019

Murdered by her stalker

Warren Fyfe

Victims of stalking are left at risk because of failings by police in England and Wales, according to a report by an independent regulator. It revealed too many investigations were poorly run. This film shows the repercussions and asks what is being done to change the way people being stalked are treated. Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41524820

Why can mornings be so difficult?

Warren Fyfe

Getting out of bed can be hard, but if you have depression it can sometimes feel impossible. Here on Like Minds we’ve been talking about why it’s difficult, and gathering tips to help you conquer the waking hours. Produced by India Rakusen and Tom Heyden. If you, or someone you know, have been affected by [...]

Separated from my family for 60 years

Warren Fyfe

Mohamed Bubaker came to Sheffield from Yemen in the 1960s to work in the steel industry. He always hoped that his family would be able to join him one day, but it’s never been possible and he’s lived alone for nearly 60 years. Produced by Mai Noman and Ammar Ebrahim Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-41512731