"There are some books that refuse to be written. They stand their ground year after year and will not be persuaded. It isn't because the book is not there and worth being written -- it is only because the right form of the story does not present itself. There is only one right form for a story and if you fail to find that form the story will not tell itself."
—Mark Twain (1835-1910) [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] American author, humorist
- Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests' Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT
- Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says.
- Sensors to prevent pain for amputees Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:59 GMT
- Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores.
- Moores to be new England coach Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:09:19 GMT
- Peter Moores is to be named England coach for a second time on Saturday, BBC Sport understands.
- How 420 became code for marijuana Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:22:46 GMT
- The number 420 has become a popular code for marijuana. Where does the term come from and why did it catch on, asks Aidan Lewis.
- The spooky world of the 'numbers stations' Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT
- This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio.
- ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:22:12 GMT
- The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto.
- Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:32:09 GMT
- Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica.
- Top aide to French president resigns Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:40 GMT
- A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post.
- Brazilian police end strike over pay Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:53:14 GMT
- Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets.
- Bomb kills at least 14 in Syria Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:32 GMT
- At least 14 people are killed after a car bomb explodes in a government-controlled area of the besieged Syrian city of Homs.
- US 'delays' Keystone XL decision Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT
- The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit.
- Hunt to warn of schools extremism Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:42:23 GMT
- Labour's Tristram Hunt is to issue a tough warning against religious extremism in schools.
- Welby talks of gay marriage struggle Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:00:50 GMT
- The Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of the Church of England's struggle to do "what is right" over the divisive issue of same-sex marriage.
- 'Rogue directors' crackdown planned Fri, 18 Apr 2014 23:02:57 GMT
- People convicted of commercial crimes overseas could be banned from running UK firms in an attempt to tackle "rogue directors", Business Secretary Vince Cable says.
- Man falls to death near Snowdon Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:11:00 GMT
- A 21-year-old man is killed in a fall near Mount Snowdon, North Wales Police reveal.