"There is no remedy so easy as books, which if they do not give cheerfulness, at least restore quiet to the most troubled mind."
—Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762) English society figure, letter writer
- 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.
- Man Utd have failed - coach Neville Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:28:26 GMT
- Manchester United have not lived up to expectations this season, coach and former player Phil Neville tells the BBC.
- 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.
- Should drug firms make payments to doctors? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:46:27 GMT
- Critics have blamed payments by drugs firms to US doctors for encouraging risky and wasteful prescription habits. What difference have payments made, and will forcing companies to disclose them help?
- French troops free Mali aid workers Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:20:05 GMT
- French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February.
- China jails corruption activists Fri, 18 Apr 2014 05:10:45 GMT
- China jails four more activists linked to the Xu Zhiyong-founded New Citizens' Movement, which seeks government transparency.
- 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.
- US freeing Iran funds as deal 'kept' Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:30:38 GMT
- The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme.
- Obama: Healthcare law 'is working' Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:54:12 GMT
- President Barack Obama defends his signature healthcare law, saying the debate over its repeal is "over" as he touts high enrolment numbers.
- British teenager killed in Syria Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:53:57 GMT
- An 18-year-old British man who was killed in Syria "died in battle" and was not a terrorist, his father tells the BBC.
- Boy in hospital with severe burns Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:54:15 GMT
- A seven-year-old boy is taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after an incident involving petrol left him with severe burns.
- Teachers to debate summer strike Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:32:04 GMT
- The NUT conference is to hear calls for a one-day strike on 23 June and a campaign of industrial action over pay and workload.
- Man killed as pleasure boat capsizes Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:06 GMT
- One man dies and another is in hospital after a boat capsizes in a river estuary in Devon.