"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."
—Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778) French philosopher, writer, Candide
- VIDEO: Elba on portraying a living legend Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:02:52 GMT
- Actor Idris Elba talks to Will Gompertz about playing Nelson Mandela in the film Long Walk To Freedom
- VIDEO: One million Greek workers unpaid Thu, 05 Dec 2013 06:07:19 GMT
- Around one million workers in Greece are going unpaid - some for almost two years.
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:57:24 GMT
- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
- VIDEO: BBC inside Ukraine protest site Wed, 04 Dec 2013 17:53:47 GMT
- Protests sparked by the Ukrainian government's decision not to sign an association deal with the EU are continuing in the capital Kiev.
- VIDEO: Landslide rips apart Italy roads Wed, 04 Dec 2013 19:40:55 GMT
- Heavy rains and floods cause a powerful landslide in the southern Italian town of Montescaglioso.
- VIDEO: Is this Julia's best performance yet? Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:01:20 GMT
- The film August: Osage County is being tipped for Oscar success, in particular Julia Roberts' performance, as Talking Movies Tom Brooks explains.
- US fast-food workers in strike Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:19:52 GMT
- Fast-food workers in several cities across the US stage a 24-hour strike in protest against low wages.
- JP Morgan in cyber hack warning Thu, 05 Dec 2013 21:02:08 GMT
- JP Morgan Chase is warning 465,000 holders of pre-paid cash cards issued by the US bank that their personal data may have been hacked.
- UK paves way for driverless cars Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:07:03 GMT
- The UK government wants to make Britain a world leader in developing autonomous vehicles.
- VIDEO: NSA 'tracking' millions of mobiles Thu, 05 Dec 2013 19:51:50 GMT
- Almost five billion mobile phone location records are logged by the NSA every day, reports the Washington Post.
- British film culture test to change Thu, 05 Dec 2013 17:16:48 GMT
- The cultural test which determines whether a film can qualify as a British production is set to be changed to encourage more investment in the UK film industry.
- Sundance sees comedy stars go serious Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12:11:04 GMT
- Former Saturday Night Live regular Kristen Wiig and Girls creator Lena Dunham are among the US comedy stars who will be seen in a more serious guise at next year's Sundance Film Festival.
- Funds for research with other nations Thu, 05 Dec 2013 15:15:32 GMT
- The Chancellor George Osborne announces annual funding of £90m over five years for the UK to collaborate with emerging nations.
- Leg bone gives up oldest human DNA Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:32:47 GMT
- The retrieval of high quality DNA from a 400,000-year-old human has opened up a new frontier in the study of our ancient ancestors.
- World dementia cases 'set to treble' Thu, 05 Dec 2013 00:05:19 GMT
- The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis.