"Most of today's books have an air of having been written in one day from books read the night before."
—Sébastien-Roch Nicolas de Chamfort (1741-94) French author, humorist
- Singapore smog 'could last for weeks' Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:27:43 GMT
- Singapore's prime minister warns that the haze engulfing the city could last for weeks, as air pollution in the city-state soared to record levels.
- Afghans reject Taliban talks moves Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:23:48 GMT
- Afghan officials tell the BBC the removal of the flag and nameplate from the Taliban's Qatar office does not go far enough.
- Sopranos actor James Gandolfini dies Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:54:35 GMT
- James Gandolfini, the US actor best known for his role as a therapy-seeking mob boss in The Sopranos, dies at the age of 51.
- Syria's ancient sites 'in danger' Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:56:51 GMT
- Six ancient sites in Syria are added to a UN list of endangered World Heritage sites because of the threat from the conflict there.
- Paid-for online news 'makes gains' Wed, 19 Jun 2013 23:13:23 GMT
- More people are becoming willing to buy online news, but social media may be eroding brand recognition, a study by Reuters suggests.
- U-turn fails to end Brazil protests Thu, 20 Jun 2013 05:07:35 GMT
- Brazilian authorities promise to reverse public transport fare rises that sparked unrest, but nationwide protests continue unabated.
- Eurotunnel accused of overcharging Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:02:27 GMT
- Brussels says passengers going through the Channel Tunnel are paying over the odds, because Eurotunnel is overcharging the train companies for using the track.
- China gives first lecture from space Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:23:47 GMT
- China's second female astronaut, Wang Yaping, delivers the country's first-ever video lecture from the Tiangong-1 space laboratory.
- Kenyatta trial set for November Thu, 20 Jun 2013 10:00:50 GMT
- Kenyan president's trial over charges related to 2007/8 post-election violence to start in November, the ICC says
- China factory activity slows further Thu, 20 Jun 2013 04:00:53 GMT
- China's manufacturing activity weakens further in June, falling to a nine-month low as demand falls, according to a preliminary survey by HSBC.
- Serena sorry for quotes on US rape Wed, 19 Jun 2013 21:38:14 GMT
- World tennis number one Serena Williams apologises after reportedly appearing to criticise the victim in a high-profile US rape case.
- Assange asylum bid for NSA leaker Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:25:32 GMT
- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is trying to broker a deal that would see US surveillance programme leaker Edward Snowden granted asylum in Iceland.
- 'Space wedge' performs drop test Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:18:27 GMT
- A successful "drop test" is conducted on Europe's IXV, an experimental re-entry vehicle that will help engineers design the next generation of spacecraft.
- Warning issued over webcam hackers Thu, 20 Jun 2013 09:31:31 GMT
- A charity is advising people to cover their webcams when they are not in use because hackers could be using them to spy on you.
- VIDEO: China consumers boosting economy Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:43:40 GMT
- China's 'new middle class' has not just migrated to the country's cities, but their spending is boosting the world's second largest economy.