"...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
- Imran Khan blames rival for killing Sun, 19 May 2013 09:05:04 GMT
- Imran Khan, the leader of Pakistan's PTI party, is blaming one of his political rivals for the killing of PTI official Zahra Shahid Hussain.
- Syria army 'storms' rebel-held town Sun, 19 May 2013 10:12:52 GMT
- Syrian government forces surround the rebel town of Qusair with opposition activists saying at least 16 people have been killed.
- Denmark crowned Eurovision winners Sun, 19 May 2013 00:37:37 GMT
- Denmark's Emmelie de Forest wins the Eurovision Song Contest, with the UK's Bonnie Tyler finishing 19th out of 26 countries.
- Nigeria army says crackdown to go on Sun, 19 May 2013 03:57:21 GMT
- Nigeria's army vows to continue its offensive against militants in the north-east "as long as it takes", as a 24-hour curfew is imposed in Maiduguri.
- 'Sole winner' nets record US jackpot Sun, 19 May 2013 07:59:48 GMT
- A ticket holder in Florida has won the largest Powerball jackpot in US history, more than $590m (£388m), lottery officials say.
- China Premier Li Keqiang in India Sun, 19 May 2013 06:44:28 GMT
- China's Premier Li Keqiang travels to India for his first foreign visit since taking office, with border tensions and trade topping the agenda.
- N Korea urged to end missile tests Sun, 19 May 2013 08:55:34 GMT
- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges North Korea to end its missile tests after test firing three short-range missiles on Saturday.
- Iran executes two men for spying Sun, 19 May 2013 10:06:16 GMT
- Iranian officials say two men have been executed after they were convicted of spying for Israel and the US.
- Tories 'united' on Europe, says Hunt Sun, 19 May 2013 10:03:18 GMT
- Tories are "united" on the main issues about Britain's relationship with Europe, the health secretary says, amid claims the PM is losing control of his MPs.
- Malcolm X grandson suspects remanded Sun, 19 May 2013 03:20:55 GMT
- Two men suspected of killing Malcolm Shabazz, the grandson of US political activist Malcolm X, are remanded in custody in Mexico.
- Car hits crowd at Virginia parade Sun, 19 May 2013 01:17:47 GMT
- Up to 60 people were injured when a car ploughed into a crowd during a parade in a small town in the US state of Virginia, officials say.
- El Salvador gangs warn over truce Sun, 19 May 2013 00:16:24 GMT
- The leaders of the main gangs in El Salvador vow to maintain a 14-month-long truce, but say political changes threaten the peace.
- VIDEO: Cuban golf courses no longer 'elitist' Sat, 18 May 2013 17:11:34 GMT
- Five decades after Fidel Castro ordered Cuba's golf courses to be closed down because he considered them "elitist", the island's communist government has approved the construction of a luxury golf resort.
- Grandmother's 99th birthday abseil Sat, 18 May 2013 17:08:28 GMT
- A great-great-grandmother celebrates her 99th birthday by abseiling from the top of an 11-storey building.
- VIDEO: Would-be robber struck by bus Sat, 18 May 2013 02:33:03 GMT
- A would-be robber had a lucky escape after he was struck by a bus, moments after he snatched a woman's mobile phone in Bogota, Colombia.