"Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin."
—Quentin Crisp (b. 1908) British author
- Putin seeks to ease economic fears Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT
- President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise.
- Sony hack is 'US security issue' Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:04:14 GMT
- The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says.
- US Congress threat to Cuba thaw Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT
- Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility.
- '200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:28 GMT
- Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor tells the BBC.
- Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:26:29 GMT
- Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules.
- UN seeks North Korea ICC charges Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:59 GMT
- The UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity.
- Swiss interest rate to turn negative Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:57:25 GMT
- Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce in a negative interest rate on cash deposits of more than $10m.
- Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:12:42 GMT
- A man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which left 165 people dead. is granted bail by a court in Pakistan.
- Kenyan MPs brawl over security bill Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:47 GMT
- Kenyan MPs trade blows and the deputy speaker has water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approves changes to a tough new security bill.
- Wilders faces charges of incitement Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:11 GMT
- Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say.
- US boy's 1944 conviction overturned Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:33 GMT
- A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago.
- Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT
- Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78.
- VIDEO: Pakistan principal 'chose to stay' Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:08:12 GMT
- The son of the principal who died in the Pakistan school attack says Taliban militants had made a number of threats against the army-run school.
- VIDEO: Sony scraps The Interview worldwide Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:29:33 GMT
- Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of its upcoming film The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un.
- VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014 Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:41 GMT
- As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.