"In politics I am growing indifferent -- I would like it, if I could now return to my planting and books at home."
- Afghan Taliban attack central Kabul Fri, 24 May 2013 16:32:53 GMT
- Afghan security forces battle insurgents for several hours in the centre of the capital, Kabul, following an attack claimed by the Taliban.
- Two held after plane alert over UK Fri, 24 May 2013 16:36:55 GMT
- Two men are held on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after RAF jets were scrambled to escort a Pakistan Airlines plane in UK airspace.
- UN hails 'historic' Obama drone vow Fri, 24 May 2013 13:11:35 GMT
- The lawyer leading the UN's inquiry into drones welcomes President Obama's speech as a "significant step towards increased transparency".
- Woolwich: Security services defended Fri, 24 May 2013 16:01:37 GMT
- The UK government defends the security services against criticism they missed signs which might have helped prevent the murder of a soldier in London.
- Extra police heading for Stockholm Fri, 24 May 2013 16:07:45 GMT
- Reinforcements of specially trained police are being sent to Stockholm after five nights of unprecedented rioting in the capital's suburbs.
- Syria 'to attend peace conference' Fri, 24 May 2013 10:29:43 GMT
- Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June.
- 'Comfort women' snub Japan mayor Fri, 24 May 2013 09:27:14 GMT
- Two South Korean women forced into sexual slavery in WWII cancel a meeting with Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, citing fears of "political exploitation".
- 'Poor response' to Iraq abuse claims Fri, 24 May 2013 16:16:18 GMT
- The UK government's response to claims that British troops abused and unlawfully killed civilians in Iraq is inadequate, the High Court rules, but it stops short of ordering a public inquiry.
- Turkey to restrict alcohol sales Fri, 24 May 2013 13:58:51 GMT
- The Turkish parliament approves controversial legislation to restrict the sale and advertising of alcohol.
- Lesbian drama is Cannes favourite Fri, 24 May 2013 12:01:30 GMT
- An intimate love story between two young women receives rave reviews in Cannes days before the winner of the Palme d'Or is announced.
- Cockroaches evolving to evade traps Fri, 24 May 2013 00:18:40 GMT
- Cockroaches are outsmarting our efforts to kill them by evolving to avoid the taste of sugar traps, a study reveals.
- Giro stage cancelled because of snow Fri, 24 May 2013 12:43:27 GMT
- Friday's 19th stage of the Giro d'Italia is cancelled because of heavy snow and Saturday's stage 20 is re-routed.
- Nasa to lease shuttle launch pad Thu, 23 May 2013 23:26:57 GMT
- Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the space shuttles.
- Online appeal unearths old web page Fri, 24 May 2013 10:27:41 GMT
- A public appeal for help to recover the very first web page has unearthed a relic from 1991.
- VIDEO: Chinese farmer creates 'bionic arms' Fri, 24 May 2013 15:53:11 GMT
- A Chinese farmer who lost his hands in an accident is turning his misfortune into a family business with home-made 'bionic arms' that he now sells to other amputees.