"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: One-minute World News Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:39:55 GMT
- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
- VIDEO: Made in Wales: The Millennium Falcon Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:19:38 GMT
- With a new Star Wars film looming, Carwyn Jones looks back at when Pembroke Dock built the "fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy" - the Millennium Falcon.
- VIDEO: The lost art of subway reading Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:10:41 GMT
- Dutch photographer Reinier Gerritsen is chronicling the declining number of books on the New York City subway.
- VIDEO: What is 'car park pimping'? Thu, 26 Feb 2015 18:08:03 GMT
- For the BBC's Best Nightclub in Africa series, Radio 1Xtra's DJ Edu travels to Botswana to see how restrictive alcohol laws have affected the music scene.
- VIDEO: Conjuring up some India budget magic Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:35:56 GMT
- As Narendra Modi's government presents its first full budget, the BBC's Sameer Hashmi dons his magician's outfit to explain why India's economy could use a little magic.
- Nuclear power: The future or the past? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:04:27 GMT
- Some countries are turning their back on nuclear power, but others are pressing ahead with plans for a new generation of reactors.
- Are tablets falling out of favour? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:05:54 GMT
- Are tablets losing their appeal?
- Are the Afghan Taliban ready to talk? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 02:08:33 GMT
- Are the Afghan Taliban ready to talk?
- VIDEO: Why is IS smashing statues in Iraq? Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:29:18 GMT
- The Islamic State (IS) group has released a video appearing to show the destruction of statues in Iraq. Why is it doing this?
- Viewpoint: What West must do in Ukraine Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:49:03 GMT
- The West must show huge resolve if the Ukrainian ceasefire is to hold, writes Prof Anatol Lieven.
- The problem with unusual elections Fri, 27 Feb 2015 00:51:00 GMT
- Polling companies make adjustments based on past experience, but that makes things tricky when the election is different to previous ones, writes Anthony Reuben.
- Actress's $150,000 Oscar dress stolen Thu, 26 Feb 2015 22:41:56 GMT
- A $150,000 designer dress worn by actress Lupita Nyong'o at this year's Oscars is stolen from a Hollywood hotel.
- Canadian court keeps oath to Queen Thu, 26 Feb 2015 20:01:04 GMT
- Canada's Supreme Court rejects a move to scrap the country's citizenship oath, which requires applicants to swear allegiance to the UK monarchy.
- BA owner reports soaring profits Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:35:49 GMT
- International Airlines Group (IAG) reports a big jump in annual profits and raises its forecast for 2015 after a "remarkable" turnaround at Spanish airline Iberia.
- Lloyds to resume dividend payments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 10:34:48 GMT
- Lloyds Banking Group confirms that it will resume paying dividends to shareholders for the first time since the financial crisis in 2008.