"There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends--always ready to meet your mood, always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that."
—Donald J. Adams (b. 1924) [Maxwell Smart] American actor
- Search for US tornado survivors Tue, 21 May 2013 16:34:41 GMT
- The search for victims of the gigantic tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb continues into a second day, with 24 people confirmed dead.
- Syria and Israel in exchange of fire Tue, 21 May 2013 15:22:05 GMT
- Israeli and Syrian forces trade fire across the ceasefire line in the Israeli occupied Golan Heights.
- Apple's Tim Cook defends tax claim Tue, 21 May 2013 16:36:27 GMT
- Apple chief executive Tim Cook has defended the tech giant's tax strategy during a Senate grilling.
- Suicide inside Notre-Dame de Paris Tue, 21 May 2013 16:28:16 GMT
- A far-right historian shoots himself dead inside the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in the French capital, police say, causing its evacuation.
- Afghan women 'jailed over morals' Tue, 21 May 2013 16:50:42 GMT
- The number of women in Afghanistan jailed for "moral crimes" has risen by 50% in the past 18 months, says Human Rights Watch.
- Oscar Pistorius' brother acquitted Tue, 21 May 2013 14:13:51 GMT
- The brother of South African athletics star Oscar Pistorius, Carl, is acquitted of culpable homicide over the death of a motorcyclist in 2008.
- Imran Khan walks again after fall Tue, 21 May 2013 11:56:06 GMT
- Pakistani politician Imran Khan walks a short distance in a brace, two weeks after damaging his spine in an election rally fall.
- Wi-fi shut down in Guantanamo alert Tue, 21 May 2013 11:35:14 GMT
- The US military's wireless internet service inside Guantanamo Bay has been shut down following threats by Anonymous hackers
- Deadly virus kills Tunisian man Tue, 21 May 2013 14:43:16 GMT
- A man has died of the novel coronavirus (NCoV) in Tunisia, in what is believed to be the first such case in Africa.
- Rios Montt's conviction annulled Tue, 21 May 2013 10:19:50 GMT
- Guatemala's top court throws out the genocide conviction of ex-leader Efrain Rios, whose trial will now be restarted from the middle of proceedings.
- Saudi Arabia executes five Yemenis Tue, 21 May 2013 11:25:48 GMT
- Saudi Arabia executes five Yemenis convicted of murder and robbery, leaving their bodies hanging in public, in the town of Jizan.
- Gandhi's will and sandals auctioned Tue, 21 May 2013 14:52:30 GMT
- Dozens of items of Mahatma Gandhi memorabilia, including a blood sample and sandals, are to go on sale in Shropshire.
- Pacy pigeon Bolt sets world record Tue, 21 May 2013 14:52:06 GMT
- A Belgian racing pigeon called Bolt is sold to a Chinese businessman for a world record price of 310,000 euros (£260,000; $400,000).
- Russia: Eurovision snub 'outrageous' Tue, 21 May 2013 15:53:39 GMT
- Russia's foreign minister calls Azerbaijan's failure to award any Eurovision points to Russia "outrageous" and promises a response.
- VIDEO: Apple 'avoided $1m tax per hour' Tue, 21 May 2013 14:56:27 GMT
- A Senate committee has accused Apple of using "a complex web of offshore entities" to avoid paying billions of dollars in US income taxes.