"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."
—Alice Walker (b. 1944) American writer, Meridian, The Color Purple
- VIDEO: Assad: No intention of stepping down Sun, 19 May 2013 21:57:30 GMT
- Syria's President Assad has said he has no intention of stepping down in his first interview since calls were made for a peace conference to try and resolve the conflict.
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Sun, 19 May 2013 04:57:48 GMT
- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
- VIDEO: City lit up after 20 years in dark Fri, 17 May 2013 19:38:51 GMT
- After years of conflict, it can be difficult to imagine the people of Mogadishu enjoying a nightlife.
- VIDEO: Can jellyfish venom help humans? Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:21 GMT
- A scientist studying one of the most lethal creatures on the planet, the box jellyfish, believes its venom could be useful for medical research.
- VIDEO: How do you round up a camel herd? Sat, 18 May 2013 23:36:08 GMT
- Australia is home to the world's largest camel herd, but it is causing environmental problems. Simon Reeve is shown how one cattle ranch owner deals with the animals - by rounding them up and selling them for meat.
- Google chief defends tax affairs Sun, 19 May 2013 11:04:20 GMT
- Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt defends the company's tax affairs after it comes in for strong criticism from MPs.
- Treasury claims banks 'safer in UK' Sat, 18 May 2013 23:23:32 GMT
- The latest UK government paper on the impact of Scottish independence will claim the UK is better placed to manage the risk of a financial crisis.
- US questions Google on Glass privacy Fri, 17 May 2013 11:47:36 GMT
- US politicians are seeking reassurances from Google that its smart spectacles will respect personal privacy.
- Single-pixel camera makes 3D image Thu, 16 May 2013 23:13:04 GMT
- Scientists in Glasgow have discovered a low-cost way to create 3D images, capable of sensing frequencies beyond visible light.
- Denmark crowned Eurovision winners Sun, 19 May 2013 00:37:37 GMT
- Denmark's Emmelie de Forest wins the Eurovision Song Contest, with the UK's Bonnie Tyler finishing 19th out of 26 countries.
- Blue plaque for Morecambe and Wise Sun, 19 May 2013 16:58:38 GMT
- A blue plaque in tribute to comedy double act Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise is unveiled at Teddington Studios.
- Warming extremes 'not as likely' Sun, 19 May 2013 17:31:29 GMT
- Global temperature rises will be slower in the coming decades say researchers but the long term picture is consistent.
- UK astronaut Peake to go into orbit Sun, 19 May 2013 21:51:22 GMT
- UK astronaut Tim Peake is given a date to fly to the International Space Station, but the mission is not expected to take place before 2015.
- Time-lapse imaging 'improves IVF' Fri, 17 May 2013 01:49:29 GMT
- Time-lapse imaging which takes thousands of pictures of developing embryos can boost the success rate of IVF, according to British research.
- Brain stimulation maths boost link Fri, 17 May 2013 01:09:49 GMT
- Applying high-frequency electrical noise to the brain can boost maths skills up to six months later, say Oxford University researchers.