"Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."
—Alan Stewart Paton (1903-88) South African writer, noted for novels Cry, the Beloved Country
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:40:21 GMT
- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
- VIDEO: Ukraine elections: 'We've had enough of looking east' Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:43:28 GMT
- Ukrainians go to the polls this weekend in a key parliamentary election. The BBC's Steve Rosenberg is reporting from across the country.
- VIDEO: Meet your virtual girlfriend Thu, 23 Oct 2014 09:43:42 GMT
- Spencer Kelly discovers how technology can ensure you don't have to be alone in a city full of strangers.
- VIDEO: Remembering Ethiopia's famine Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:54:44 GMT
- Thirty years ago the BBC broadcast the first television reports of a devastating famine in Ethiopia. Tesfatsion Dalellew saw the reports and coordinated World Vision's response.
- VIDEO: Who is the top dog at Westminster? Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:44:36 GMT
- The Daily Politics meets some of the contestants, and their political owners, in the Westminster dog of the year contest.
- Zuckerberg's Chinese gets mixed reviews Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:06:28 GMT
- Mark Zuckerberg chats in Chinese - to mixed reviews
- Pre-Python TV episodes rediscovered Thu, 23 Oct 2014 07:53:12 GMT
- Two episodes of 1960s TV comedy At Last The 1948 Show, which starred John Cleese and Graham Chapman before they formed Monty Python, are found.
- Tesco shares slump on profits error Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:19:47 GMT
- Tesco shares have slumped 8% after the retailer announced that profits were overstated by £263m, £13m more than the original estimate.
- Lloyds expected to cut 9,000 jobs Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:04:03 GMT
- Lloyds Banking Group is planning to cut around 9,000 jobs - around a tenth of its entire workforce - over the next three years, the BBC understands.
- 'Anti-Facebook' investors dig deep Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:00:08 GMT
- A social network promising never to sell user data or incorporate advertising secures multi-million dollar backing.
- US 'probes hackable' medical devices Thu, 23 Oct 2014 12:52:35 GMT
- US government investigators are looking into about two dozen cases of medical kit suspected to be vulnerable to life-threatening hacks.
- Singer Alvin Stardust dies aged 72 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:47:03 GMT
- Singer Alvin Stardust, best known for his hit My Coo Ca Choo, dies aged 72 after recently being diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer.
- Tate boss Serota tops art power list Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:46:44 GMT
- Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota is named the most powerful figure in the art world.
- Deal expected on EU climate cuts Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:20:37 GMT
- A plan to cut CO2 by 40% from 1990 levels is likely to be agreed by EU leaders despite the threat of a veto from Poland.
- Farmland birds show rapid decline Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:39:14 GMT
- Farmland birds are at their lowest levels since records began, according to government figures.