Meet the Female Soviet Spy Who Could Have Killed Hitler and Prevented the Second World War

Ursula Kuczynski, code-named Sonya, could have “transformed world history” if Joseph Stalin hadn’t changed his mind about killing the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, claims writer Ben Macintyre in his new book “Agent Sonya”, excerpts of which have been published in the Times newspaper.

Taiwan artisans fuse reality and fantasy in miniature worlds

“I like to try to make anything, whether it’s clean, old or dirty, to let my imagination run wild,” he told AFP. His creations range from a replica of a 40-year-old grocery store in central Taiwan that caught his eye, to an imaginary “secret maintenance base” for a legion of Minions made from a discarded […]

Hamburgers are hard on the planet. These cattle ranchers are trying to change that

Now, he said, “we graze the land the way that the buffalo would have, with a maximum animal impact on the land and then a very long recovery time before we get back to that piece of land.” That requires moving his animals to new parts of the pasture daily.

A miniature doll and her mop of hair

sses.” The duo, who have over a decade of experience in fashion merchandising and designing, have made over a 100 dolls so far and recently introduced the doll dressed in Kerala handloom for OnamThe dolls are priced at ₹999. More details at

Prepper Palace: Ride Out the End of the World in Georgia for Under $1M

“It’s the perfect house for someone who is looking for land where they can do their own thing and survive on it as well as providing them with an additional safety feature,” Kroll says. “It has all the modern amenities. It just may not be what I will call the modern feeling that some people […]

‘An escape route into another world’: canoeing in Suffolk

How to canoe the WaveneyOutney Meadow caravan park in Bungay (£50 a day, £35 half day, until end of October, reopens 1 April). Captain Cook Canoes at Wortwell Mill (closes end of September) rents kayaks (£40) and Canadian canoes (£45) for the scenic three-hour paddle to Mendham and back. Canoeing downstream is recommended – the […]

Fingers crossed at France’s brasseries and cafes as tourist quarantines loom

Optimistically, the manager, Romiy Priore, took steps to make her attraction safe for Covid times. “With the virus, we decided to order disposable earphones for the start of the season on 23 June – 100 of them,” she says, huddling behind a Perspex screen in a cool cabin on the quayside. “It’s August, and I […]

Gerbils get the house squeaky clean as they vacuum, pour tea and paint in sweet snaps

“My favourite comment is always when people say that the pictures have made their day because ultimately my goal is to make people happy and spread joy.”

How Europeans see a vote for Brexit

In Brussels, Georgios Kyrtsos, who sits on a working group set up by the centre-right European People’s party (EPP) to analyse poll dynamics and data before the vote, said MEPs were far from sure which camp would prevail. “What I do know, and fear, is that in the event of leave winning there will be […]

Labradoodle study reveals dogs are actually mostly poodle

“Labrador retrievers are a great family dog, they are a terrific dog to have around kids. Poodles have a reputation for being a little bit standoffish and being aloof but they are very smart dogs,” she said. “That combination is really good.”