"...A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."
—John Milton (1608-74) English poet, scholar, Paradise Lost
- Netanyahu: Abbas must end Hamas pact Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:17:16 GMT
- Israeli PM Netanyahu tells the BBC Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas must abandon his pact with Hamas if he wants peace talks to resume.
- New Russia drills after Ukraine raid Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:03:55 GMT
- Russia announces new military exercises on its border with Ukraine, after Kiev orders troops to move against separatists in the east.
- Ecclestone denies bribery in Germany Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:54:01 GMT
- Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone denies charges of bribery at the start of his trial in Munich and says he will fight to clear his name.
- US medics killed in Kabul attack Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:56:17 GMT
- Three American medical staff are shot dead by a policeman guarding a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.
- Korea ferry disaster school reopens Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:46:33 GMT
- The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week starts to hold classes again.
- Japan pact 'covers disputed islands' Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:08:02 GMT
- US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.
- South Sudan treason charges dropped Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:39:05 GMT
- South Sudan withdraws charges against four top politicians accused of the alleged coup plot that triggered the civil war.
- Abdullah leads Afghan poll count Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:29:42 GMT
- Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah remains the frontrunner with 80% of votes counted, although a run-off vote next month is expected.
- Deadly air strike on Syria market Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:06:14 GMT
- A Syrian government air strike on a market in a rebel-held town in Aleppo kills more than 20 people, activist groups say.
- Russia extends Navalny house arrest Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:26:24 GMT
- A Moscow court extends the house arrest of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by another six months for violating its conditions.
- US to propose 'fast lane' net rules Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:59:30 GMT
- New net neutrality rules will be published next month with some saying FCC will end principle of equal traffic for all.
- John Paul II crucifix crushes man Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:51:35 GMT
- A 21-year old man has been crushed to death by a crucifix erected in honour of Pope John Paul II in northern Italy.
- VIDEO: Film features plight of African park Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:22:06 GMT
- The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
- VIDEO: Ethiopia's Jewish community divided Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:07:22 GMT
- Thousands of Ethiopian Jews have been left disappointed by an Israeli government decision to end a 30-year-old programme that saw tens thousands of Ethiopian Jews airlifted to the Holy Land.
- VIDEO: Can Obama perfect the Japanese bow? Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:27:29 GMT
- President Obama is under pressure to perfect his Japanese etiquette during his official tour of the country.