"Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin."
—Quentin Crisp (b. 1908) British author
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Mon, 10 Mar 2014 03:17:15 GMT
- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
- VIDEO: Missing Malaysia jet 'a mystery' Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:39:08 GMT
- Malaysia says it is widening the search for the airliner that disappeared on a flight to Beijing on Friday night.
- VIDEO: Biden comments anger Venezuela Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:49:11 GMT
- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has reacted angrily to comments made by US Vice President Joe Biden about ongoing protests in the country.
- VIDEO: UN's food worries for Syrians Sun, 09 Mar 2014 18:37:19 GMT
- The World Food Programme says it has a serious funding shortfall for its work in Syria.
- VIDEO: Rubbish piles up on Rio streets Fri, 07 Mar 2014 22:14:20 GMT
- Rio Carnival officially ended on Wednesday but piles of rubbish left on the city's streets are still waiting be collected.
- VIDEO: Japanese astronaut takes ISS command Mon, 10 Mar 2014 02:30:28 GMT
- Koichi Wakata is the first Japanese astronaut in history to take up the post of commander on the International Space Station
- Missing flood fish found in puddle Sun, 09 Mar 2014 14:02:31 GMT
- A metre-long fish that escaped from an aquatic centre during recent floods is recovered from a puddle at a local car wash.
- Japan in record deficit, growth slows Mon, 10 Mar 2014 01:49:53 GMT
- Japan's current account deficit hits a record 1.5tn yen ($15bn; £8.7bn) in January, as economic growth figures are revised downwards.
- World's largest banana firm created Mon, 10 Mar 2014 08:04:00 GMT
- Irish fruit firm Fyffes and US rival Chiquita are to merge, creating the world's largest banana company.
- Facebook's WhatsApp purchase opposed Fri, 07 Mar 2014 14:48:36 GMT
- Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp - one of the biggest ever tech acquisitions - runs into trouble over privacy concerns.
- Samsung launches free music streaming Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:25:14 GMT
- The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung, launches a free music streaming service called Milk Music.
- Spain opera director Mortier dies Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:03:36 GMT
- Gerard Mortier, who spearheaded an operatic production of Brokeback Mountain at Madrid's Teatro Royal, dies aged 70.
- Gravity cameraman collects honour Sun, 09 Mar 2014 10:10:28 GMT
- The chief cameraman on Oscar-winning film Gravity wins an award for his work at a ceremony which also honours late camera operator Sarah Jones.
- App set to map the oceans' plankton Mon, 10 Mar 2014 07:51:26 GMT
- A study calls on the world’s sailors and seafarers to help map the oceans’ phytoplankton, microscopic plants that form the bedrock of marine food chains.
- Great Walls 'could stop tornadoes' Sat, 08 Mar 2014 03:27:49 GMT
- Building gigantic walls across the US could protect Tornado Alley "forever", a physicist says, though critics say the idea is unworkable.