"A book is a friend; a good book is a good friend. It will talk to you when you want it to talk, and it will keep still when you want it to keep still; and there are not many friends who know enough to do that."
—B. A. Billingsly
- Paracetamol for back pain questioned Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:55:37 GMT
- Taking paracetamol for lower back pain does not improve recovery time or provide any greater pain relief than using a placebo, scientists say.
- Genetic clues to age of first period Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:09:28 GMT
- The timing of when a girl reaches puberty is controlled by hundreds of genes, say scientists.
- Farah out of Commonwealth Games Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:27:13 GMT
- Double Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah withdraws from the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow because of illness.
- Van Gaal has winning Man Utd start Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:30:51 GMT
- Manchester United give new boss Louis van Gaal a winning start as they beat LA Galaxy 7-0 in a friendly in California.
- When time stood still Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:31 GMT
- The story of the watch that survived Hiroshima - and its owner, who found peace through forgiveness.
- The deaths uniting women across the world Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:10:42 GMT
- After 13 years, Nato troops are preparing to leave Afghanistan - thousands of soldiers have died but the experiences of their widows differ dramatically.
- New force to fight Nigeria Islamists Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:21:08 GMT
- Nigeria and three of its neighbours pledge to speed up the creation of a 2,800-strong regional force to tackle militant Islamist group Boko Haram.
- Experts to examine MH17 flight data Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:53:51 GMT
- UK investigators are due to start examining a second black box flight recorder from downed flight MH17, after downloading "valid data" from the first.
- Ex-Portuguese bank boss arrested Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:41:59 GMT
- Ricardo Salgado, the former boss of the troubled Portuguese bank Banco Espirito Santo (BES) is arrested in Lisbon.
- Venezuela opposition leader on trial Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:43:43 GMT
- The trial begins of one of Venezuela's main opposition leaders, Leopoldo Lopez, accused of inciting violence during anti-government protests in February.
- Protests target Israel football club Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:01:56 GMT
- Pro-Palestinian protesters disrupt a football match in Austria between the Israeli club, Maccabi Haifa, and French team, Lille.
- Detroit porch shooting trial opens Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:02:58 GMT
- A Detroit man feared for his life before he shot an unarmed black woman standing on his porch, his lawyer says at the start of his murder trial.
- Met 'gathered' Menezes family details Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:10:26 GMT
- The Metropolitan Police gathered information on relatives of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was shot dead by police in 2005, their lawyer says.
- Police 'spied on dead man's family' Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:10:05 GMT
- A woman calling for an inquiry into her son's death in 1997 says she has been told she was spied on by undercover police officers.
- UK retail sales continue to grow Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:20:38 GMT
- The volume of goods sold in the UK's shops, stores and supermarkets continues to grow, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).