"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
- N Korea purge sparks stability fears Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:41:20 GMT
- The execution of a once-powerful uncle of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raises fresh fears of instability in the secretive nuclear-armed state.
- Mandela viewing ends with final rush Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:05:57 GMT
- Hundreds of South Africans push through police lines in a bid to view Nelson Mandela shortly before his lying in state comes to an end.
- Irish bailout exit 'just one step' Fri, 13 Dec 2013 13:45:38 GMT
- The Irish Republic's exit from its bailout rescue programme is a "milestone" but not the end of the road, the country's finance minister says.
- US captive in Iran said to be CIA Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:49:50 GMT
- An ex-FBI agent believed held in Iran for the last seven years was working for the CIA on an unapproved mission, the Associated Press reports.
- Top Mafia suspect's family arrested Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:04:14 GMT
- Family members of Italy's most-wanted Sicilian Mafia suspect, Matteo Messina Denaro, are arrested in a police swoop in western Sicily.
- Ukrainian court frees protesters Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:46:22 GMT
- A Ukrainian court frees nine people arrested during clashes between pro-EU protesters and riot police, a key demand of the protest movement.
- Tunisia parties 'reach deal' on PM Fri, 13 Dec 2013 05:22:38 GMT
- Tunisia's governing Islamist Ennahda party and the opposition agree in principle on a new prime minister to lead a caretaker government.
- EU failing Syria refugees - Amnesty Fri, 13 Dec 2013 02:23:38 GMT
- European leaders should be ashamed by the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, human rights group Amnesty says.
- Bangladesh Islamist leader buried Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:33:09 GMT
- The Bangladesh Islamist leader executed for atrocities during the country's 1971 war of independence is buried in his home town.
- Belgium child euthanasia plan backed Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:49:22 GMT
- Belgium takes a step towards becoming the first country in the world to remove age limits for euthanasia, after the Senate votes in favour.
- Two arrested for anti-Semitic tweets Fri, 13 Dec 2013 12:42:47 GMT
- Two men are arrested after posting anti-Semitic tweets following a football match between Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham.
- Museum gains major Chinese art haul Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:31:45 GMT
- The Ashmolean Museum announces the acquisition of one of the world's greatest collections of modern Chinese art.
- Beyonce puts surprise album online Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:56:31 GMT
- Pop star Beyonce unexpectedly releases her fifth album on iTunes overnight, with 14 new tracks and 17 music videos.
- James Bond is an 'impotent drunk' Fri, 13 Dec 2013 16:01:54 GMT
- James Bond drinks so much he's probably impotent and will die young, according to doctors.
- VIDEO: No jail for fatal drink drive teen Fri, 13 Dec 2013 08:14:27 GMT
- A teenager in Texas has escaped jail after he killed four pedestrians while drink-driving. Ethan Couch, 16, registered at three times the legal drinking limit following the incident in June.