"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"
—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer
- Led Zeppelin unleash unheard work Wed, 23 Apr 2014 06:49:51 GMT
- Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin make public two previously unheard recordings.
- Top Gear 'regrets' Burma remark Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:49:27 GMT
- The executive producer of Top Gear expresses regret over a "light-hearted" remark on its Burma special that led to the BBC show being accused of racism.
- Asteroid impact risks 'underplayed' Tue, 22 Apr 2014 18:18:33 GMT
- A visualisation showing where sizeable asteroids have hit the Earth in recent years has been released by the B612 Foundation.
- Mystery of 'ocean quacks' solved Wed, 23 Apr 2014 00:01:55 GMT
- The mystery of a bizarre quacking sound often heard in the Southern Ocean has finally been solved, scientists report.
- Saudi health minister sacked Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:00:57 GMT
- As Saudi Arabia dismisses its health minister, the Mers virus death toll continues to rise.
- Cancer teen hits £1m charity target Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:54:57 GMT
- A teenage blogger with terminal cancer raises more than £1m for charity after posting his final message to followers.
- Man Utd criticised for Moyes sacking Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:01:28 GMT
- Manchester United are accused of unprofessionalism following the sacking of manager David Moyes.
- Shakespeare's birds cause US trouble Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:13:58 GMT
- Shakespeare mentions the European Starling once, in Henry IV Part I. That moved a 19th Century Shakespeare enthusiast to introduce the bird into America.
- The man who takes troubled youths to therapy camp Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:06:17 GMT
- As more and more families send their drug and alcohol-addicted kids to therapeutic wilderness camps in the US, more and more become acquainted with the shadowy figure known as the "escort."
- Mali group says French hostage dead Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:17:22 GMT
- Islamist militants in Mali say French hostage Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, who was kidnapped in 2012, is dead.
- Manila and HK resolve hostage row Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:17:29 GMT
- The Philippines and Hong Kong agree to resolve a row over a 2010 bus hijacking in Manila that left eight Hong Kong tourists dead.
- Malta criticised for mass bird shoot Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:51:59 GMT
- A leading British naturalist accuses Malta of failing to prevent large-scale illegal shooting of migratory birds by hunters.
- Colombia court restores Bogota mayor Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:58:18 GMT
- A court in Colombia rules that President Juan Manuel Santos should reinstate the ousted mayor of Bogota, Gustavo Petro, within 48 hours.
- No UN action on Iran envoy visa ban Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:54:01 GMT
- A UN committee takes no action against the US refusal to grant a visa to Iran's newly appointed permanent representative in New York.
- Primark to open its first US stores Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:26:44 GMT
- Clothing retailer Primark is to open its first US stores, beginning with a 70,000 sq-ft shop in Boston.