"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
- HK tycoon found guilty of corruption Fri, 19 Dec 2014 08:59:33 GMT
- Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and a former government official have been found guilty in the city's biggest-ever corruption case.
- Apple 'failing to protect workers' Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:27:07 GMT
- Poor treatment of workers in the Chinese factories which make Apple products is discovered by an undercover BBC Panorama investigation.
- Snapchat boss tearful at Sony hack Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:59:37 GMT
- Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel left "devastated" as plans for his messaging app are leaked as part of the Sony Pictures hack.
- Morricone regrets Eastwood rejection Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:20 GMT
- Renowned Italian film composer Ennio Morricone tells the BBC's Will Gompertz that he regrets turning down the chance to compose music for Clint Eastwood.
- Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT
- Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.
- Carbon mission returns global maps Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:36:20 GMT
- Nasa's Orbiting Carbon Observatory produces its first global maps of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere.
- 7ft marine reptile fossil beach find Fri, 19 Dec 2014 09:27:21 GMT
- An amateur fossil hunter has unearthed a 7ft skeleton of a carnivorous marine reptile on a beach in south Wales.
- Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:26:29 GMT
- Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules.
- Autism link to air pollution raised Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:26:40 GMT
- A link between autism and air pollution during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.
- Howard fears for Mignolet confidence Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:00:18 GMT
- Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard warns Simon Mignolet he faces a "hard road back" to regaining his Liverpool place.
- Smith ton leaves Test finely poised Fri, 19 Dec 2014 07:48:26 GMT
- Captain Steve Smith's second century in two Tests helps Australia open up a slender lead over India in Brisbane.
- The Russians fighting a 'holy war' in Ukraine Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:27:16 GMT
- The Kremlin denies sending Russian troops to Ukraine, but Russian volunteers there are proud to talk about their crusade to revive an Orthodox empire.
- The buildings that would have been impossible Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:11:52 GMT
- How computers helped build some of the world's most distinct buildings.
- Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
- Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.
- Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels' Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
- Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.