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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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game