"Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."
—Alan Stewart Paton (1903-88) South African writer, noted for novels Cry, the Beloved Country
- Defiant HK protests on National Day Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:55:24 GMT
- Thousands gather in central Hong Kong for pro-democracy rallies on China's national day, despite a call by leader CY Leung to work with Beijing.
- Karadzic takes blame for Serb crimes Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:18:55 GMT
- Radovan Karadzic sums up his defence saying he takes "moral responsibility" for crimes committed by Bosnian Serbs but denying he ordered killings.
- Armed man shared lift with Obama Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:30:04 GMT
- US President Barack Obama rode in a lift with an armed security contractor who had assault convictions, in another security lapse.
- 'Four killed' by Donetsk school shell Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:55:18 GMT
- School playground reportedly shelled in eastern Ukraine city of Donetsk, four people killed,
- First Ebola case diagnosed in the US Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:47:06 GMT
- A man who travelled from Liberia nearly two weeks ago is the first confirmed case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil.
- Norway best country for older people Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:02:05 GMT
- Norway is the best place to be old, according to an index of the quality of later life in published on the UN's International Day of Older Persons.
- Chile avalanche kills extreme skiers Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:14:46 GMT
- Extreme skiers Jean-Philippe Auclair and Carl Andreas Fransson have died in an avalanche in southern Chile, officials confirm.
- Caver freed after 12-day ordeal Wed, 01 Oct 2014 03:29:34 GMT
- An injured Spanish caver who was trapped in a 400m deep cave in north-eastern Peru for 12 days has been rescued.
- California mayor shot at home Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:45:44 GMT
- Daniel Crespo, mayor of California suburb Bell Gardens, was shot dead and his wife taken into custody following an argument at the couple's home.
- Afghan troops killed in Kabul attack Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:01:12 GMT
- At least seven Afghan soldiers are killed in a suicide bomb attack targeting a bus carrying troops in the capital, Kabul.
- Japan volcano eruption deaths rise Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:35:45 GMT
- Rescue workers in Japan recover 12 more bodies from Mount Ontake, bringing to 48 the number of those killed by Saturday's surprise volcanic eruption.
- Cancer gene test 'would save lives' Tue, 30 Sep 2014 23:04:36 GMT
- Younger bowel cancer patients should be offered a genetic test to screen for a rare condition linked to a higher risk of cancer, say UK researchers.
- VIDEO: Kurdish weapons 'no match' for IS Wed, 01 Oct 2014 05:09:01 GMT
- Clive Myrie reports from the Kurdish front line in Iraq where the Peshmerga are fighting IS with weapons they say are not up to the job.
- VIDEO: Gates 'optimistic' for Ebola sufferers Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:27:37 GMT
- Microsoft founder Bill Gates has said he is "optimistic" about increasing the treatment capacity for Ebola in West Africa.
- VIDEO: 'I hid from boulders as volcano erupted' Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:37:26 GMT
- A mountain guide who was on Mount Ontake when it erupted speaks about the moment it exploded without warning.