"...A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life."
—John Milton (1608-74) English poet, scholar, Paradise Lost
- Ebola victim heads to US hospital Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:36:48 GMT
- A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa.
- Drug-resistant malaria 'widespread' Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:28:46 GMT
- Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, according to a study.
- Amos beats Rudisha to 800m gold Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:55:52 GMT
- Nijel Amos produces a stunning run down the final straight to beat David Rudisha to 800m Commonwealth gold.
- Cook relieved by England victory Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:39:16 GMT
- Alastair Cook says the win over India in the third Test has eased the pressure on him to resign as England captain.
- VIDEO: Last of the scissor makers Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:33:30 GMT
- Eric Stones has been making scissors by hand for 58 years.
- How do you get your face on the dollar? Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:23:51 GMT
- The US is debating putting a woman's face on the US dollar. How does it happen?
- Giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge' Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:31:37 GMT
- South Africa's animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that reportedly hit its head on a bridge as it was being transported on a motorway.
- Military dominates Thai legislature Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:58:35 GMT
- Thailand's junta appoints an interim legislature of 200 people that will pick the prime minister, with many from the military or police.
- Russia bans Polish fruit and veg Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:52:41 GMT
- Russia imposes a sweeping ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland, as EU sanctions on Russia over Ukraine start to bite.
- Argentina blames US for debt default Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:50:43 GMT
- Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
- Filipinos urged to leave Libya Thu, 31 Jul 2014 17:11:48 GMT
- A top diplomat from the Philippines is to oversee the evacuation of 13,000 citizens from Libya after a Filipino worker was beheaded and a nurse raped.
- Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:14:02 GMT
- Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92.
- Five officers face Jayden inquiry Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:02:58 GMT
- Five police officers are being investigated by the force's watchdog, over the inquiry into the murder of Oxfordshire teenager Jayden Parkinson.
- Immigration inspector John Vine quits Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:59:14 GMT
- The independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine, says he is resigning from his post.
- PM in '£2m' pledge after pier fire Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:44:09 GMT
- Eastbourne is to get a boost of up to £2m following a fire that left the former arcade on the town's pier a charred shell, Downing Street has said.