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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