"A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still; and there are not many friends who know enough to do that."
—B. A. Billingsly
- Fist bumps 'cleaner than handshakes' Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:00:49 GMT
- Scientists at Aberystwyth University in Wales have shown that more bacteria are transferred by shaking hands, than by fist-bumping or high-fiving.
- England's Gemili takes 100m silver Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:05:26 GMT
- England's Adam Gemili wins Commonwealth Games silver in the men's 100m, with Jamaica's Kemar Bailey-Cole taking gold.
- Bell & Buttler put England on top Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:48:11 GMT
- Ian Bell stars with a superb 167 as England take control of the third Test against India on day two, declaring on 569-7.
- Germany's super-shy super-rich Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:31:29 GMT
- Why do some of Germany's wealthiest families dodge the limelight and avoid conspicuous consumption?
- The people who want to be near a tornado Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:58:37 GMT
- In the US, the number of people who chase tornados is growing - why do they put themselves in danger?
- South Africa shock NZ to win gold Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:01:17 GMT
- South Africa shock New Zealand in the final of the rugby sevens to end the All Blacks' unbeaten Commonwealth Games record.
- Japanese girl 'dismembers classmate' Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:12:38 GMT
- A high school girl has been arrested on suspicion of killing and dismembering a classmate, Japanese police say.
- France offers Iraq Christians asylum Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:59:45 GMT
- France says it is ready to offer asylum to Iraqi Christians forced to flee by Islamic State militants holding the Iraqi city of Mosul.
- Hero's welcome for freed Venezuelan Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:13:58 GMT
- Venezuelan official Gen Hugo Carvajal is warmly welcomed in Caracas after his release in Aruba, where he had been arrested on drug-trafficking charges.
- Emirates to stop flying over Iraq Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:08 GMT
- Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.
- Lightning kills man on US beach Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:49:47 GMT
- One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California.
- PM urges 'prompt' Russian sanctions Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:57:36 GMT
- David Cameron says he and fellow European leaders agree that "strong" economic sanctions should be imposed on Russia as soon as possible.
- Pause NHS privatisation - Labour Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:13:45 GMT
- NHS privatisation is "being forced through at pace and scale" says shadow health secretary Andy Burnham, as he calls for it to be halted until after the general election.
- Gold medal record for Scotland Mon, 28 Jul 2014 22:28:45 GMT
- Scotland have 13 gold medals after earlier eclipsing their record haul for Commonwealth Games.
- Clarify 'revenge porn' laws say peers Mon, 28 Jul 2014 23:02:34 GMT
- More clarification is needed about the circumstances in which cases of "revenge porn" can be prosecuted, peers say.