Sophie Warnes

Sophie is part of the online team at The Independent. She is interested in quirky news, feminism, the Middle East, and international politics.

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Carryad the border collie, who survived a gas explosion at her home in Clacton

Essex explosion: Pet dog found alive after homes flattened by blast

A dog feared dead after a suspected gas explosion destroyed two homes and injured at least 10 people has been found alive.

The cub is one of eleven at the zoo

Rare white lion born in Serbian zoo

An extremely rare white lion cub has been born at Belgrade's 'Good Hope Garden' zoo.

Gulf coast on hurricane alert as US braces for tropical storm Karen

Landfall is expected late Saturday or early Sunday morning

Lightning strikes the Canyon, as seen from Moran Point on the South Rim

In pictures: Electrifying photos of lightning striking the Grand Canyon

It's one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, and the awe-inspiring sight of the Grand Canyon on any ordinary day is stunning.

The wind blows Pope Francis's mantle as he speaks at Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro

Windswept Pope gives sermon to pilgrims at Copacabana beach

It seems even His Holiness is not safe from a wardrobe malfunction, as his mantle blew right over his face in the middle of his speech in Copacabana beach.

Sibylle, biotechnology engineering student, collects Orgeval yellow courgettes from the rooftop kitchen garden

Do food the French way - grow it on your roof!

In recent years people have become more aware of exactly what is in their food, but patrons of one restaurant in Paris need not worry, as they have a unique way of assuring that their food is ethically-sourced - by growing it on the roof.

Leninguer Carballido was certified dead by his family in 2010, but recently won an election

'Dead' man elected mayor in Mexico

Relatives forged a death certificate in order to get an arrest warrant dropped

Incident comes after the recent civil unrest during the Confederations Cup

Brazilian referee 'decapitated after stabbing player' in amateur football match

A man has been arrested after an amateur football game in Brazil turned into a gruesome double murder scene.

Sony already has a product on the market - the SmartWatch 2

Could smart watches be the next frontier in the digital revolution?

Imagine a miniature version of your smartphone that's on you all the time, letting you know when people call you, and keeping you updated with the gossip on your social networks. Welcome to the new frontier of digital technology, the smart watch.

Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park with Lightyear Gromit

Cracking good job, Gromit! Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park unveils sculptures in Bristol

Onlookers were treated to an unusual spectacle in Bristol today, as Nick Park – creator of Wallace & Gromit – enjoyed a ‘Grand Day Out’, along with 80 giant Gromit sculptures.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee