"If I have not read a book before, it is, for all intents and purposes, new to me whether it was printed yesterday or three hundred years ago."
—William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist noted for literary criticism
- 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.
- Real Madrid 1-0 Bayern Munich Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:59:50 GMT
- Karim Benzema's goal gives Real Madrid the advantage in their Champions League semi-final against holders Bayern Munich.
- 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."
- DR Congo train in deadly derailment Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:18:40 GMT
- At least 63 people have been killed after a freight train overloaded with passengers derailed in Katanga in south-eastern DR Congo, officials say.
- Everest Sherpas discuss boycott Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:52:44 GMT
- Sherpa guides in Nepal are meeting climbers at Everest base camp to decide whether to continue ascents after an avalanche on Friday killed 16 of their colleagues.
- Russian Duma passes film swearing ban Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:41:41 GMT
- Russia's lower house passes a bill banning swearing from films, music and other works of art.
- Dancer's death sparks Rio clashes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 11:40:15 GMT
- Weeks before the World Cup, deadly clashes break out in the Brazilian city of Rio after the body of a young man is found, allegedly beaten by police.
- Lebanese MPs fail to elect president Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:27:10 GMT
- Members of Lebanon's parliament fail to elect a new president at the first attempt before Michel Suleiman's six-year term expires on 25 May.
- Chelsea Manning granted name change Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:51:17 GMT
- The soldier who leaked US government documents to Wikileaks is granted the right to legally change her name from Bradley to Chelsea.
- Three children found dead in London Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:10:51 GMT
- A woman believed to be the mother of three children who were found dead at a south-west London home is arrested on suspicion of murder.
- Lib Dems 'won't back minority rule' Wed, 23 Apr 2014 16:00:17 GMT
- Senior Lib Dem Danny Alexander rules out suggestions his party could support a minority Labour or Tory government after the next election.
- Jets scrambled over Russian planes Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:19:09 GMT
- RAF fighter jets were scrambled to investigate two Russian military aircraft spotted approaching UK airspace, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) says.
- Violent crime 'continues to fall' Wed, 23 Apr 2014 10:23:17 GMT
- Violent crime is continuing a long-term fall in England and Wales, according to annual figures from NHS hospitals.