"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."
—Charles Scribner, Jr.
- Many missing as S Korea ferry sinks Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:40:31 GMT
- Almost 300 people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 459 people capsized and sank off South Korea, officials say.
- Ukrainian troops blocked in town Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:58:19 GMT
- Ukrainian troops entering an east Ukrainian town are blocked by civilians, and as tensions rise Nato announces it will beef up its members' defences.
- Forensics examined in Pistorius case Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:28:10 GMT
- A forensics expert continues to testify at Oscar Pistorius' murder trial in South Africa a day after the athlete finished his seven days of testimony.
- Head of oldest African park shot Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:04:36 GMT
- The Belgian director of Africa's oldest national park - Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo - is shot and wounded in an ambush.
- Weekly wages catch up with inflation Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:35:12 GMT
- After nearly six years of falling real wages, weekly earnings have finally caught up with inflation, according to the Office for National Statistics.
- MtGox exchange put in administration Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:38:08 GMT
- The Bitcoin exchange MtGox has been placed in administration by a Japanese court and it is expected that bankruptcy proceedings will be started.
- Search after Nigeria school kidnap Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:04:00 GMT
- The Nigerian military joins the search for at least 100 teenage girls abducted from a school in the remote northeast.
- Beard trend 'guided by evolution' Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:56:03 GMT
- The boom and bust of men's beard fashions may mirror Darwinian selection, scientists say.
- Mini-sub continues search for plane Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:18:51 GMT
- A robotic submarine continues its search for the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on the seabed of the southern Indian Ocean.
- Judges set deadline over extradition Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:20:05 GMT
- The Home Secretary is given two months to seek assurances from the US about how a paranoid schizophrenic terror suspect will be treated if he is extradited.
- China's 7.4% growth beats forecast Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:38:37 GMT
- China's economy expanded by 7.4% in the first quarter of the year, better than expected but down from 7.7% at the end of 2013.
- Saudi intelligence chief removed Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:12:17 GMT
- Saudi Arabia's intelligence chief, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, has been removed from his post "at his own request", state media report.
- Bid to extend Mid-East peace talks Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:56:00 GMT
- Palestinian and Israeli negotiators are to meet to try to extend peace talks beyond the 29 April deadline for a final deal, US officials say.
- EU to back alien species blacklist Wed, 16 Apr 2014 03:21:00 GMT
- The European Parliament is voting on a bill to draw up a blacklist to fight the spread of invasive alien species such as killer shrimp.
- Australian NSW leader resigns Wed, 16 Apr 2014 05:17:00 GMT
- New South Wales Premier Barry O'Farrell announces his resignation amid mounting evidence that he failed to declare a gift of $2,800 wine.