"Life is a wonderful thing to talk about, or to read about in history books - but it is terrible when one has to live it."
—Jean Anouilh (1910-87) French playwright
- French singer Georges Moustaki dies Thu, 23 May 2013 10:52:33 GMT
- Georges Moustaki, the French singer and composer who wrote Edith Piaf's 1958 hit song, Milord, dies aged 79.
- EU axes plans to ban olive oil jugs Thu, 23 May 2013 14:58:07 GMT
- The EU drops plans to ban restaurants from using refillable olive oil jugs, after the idea drew criticism from consumers and European leaders.
- Japan man climbs Everest at 80 Thu, 23 May 2013 05:04:05 GMT
- An 80-year old Japanese man has reached the summit of Mount Everest, becoming the oldest person to scale the world's highest peak.
- VIDEO: Journey into an Icelandic volcano Wed, 22 May 2013 17:59:43 GMT
- Dr Freysteinn Sigmundsson shows the BBC's Neil Bowdler around the Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland.
- VIDEO: Iron Man 3 is a superhero in China Thu, 23 May 2013 08:38:00 GMT
- Disney's Iron Man 3 film is set to become China's highest-grossing film of all time, opening the door for more business from Hollywood.
- VIDEO: Black bear roams Los Angeles suburb Thu, 23 May 2013 14:51:31 GMT
- Aerial footage shot by Los Angeles police shows a black bear on the loose in a Los Angeles suburb before it was caught by wildlife officials.
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Thu, 23 May 2013 13:00:59 GMT
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- VIDEO: Polluted Hong Kong gets new electric taxis Thu, 23 May 2013 05:44:14 GMT
- Hong Kong, one of the most highly populated islands in the world, launches a trial run of a fleet of electric taxis in a bid to tackle its serious pollution problems.
- VIDEO: Film charts China's thirst for red wine Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:05 GMT
- A new documentary film looks at the dramatic impact of China's growing fascination with fine French wines.
- VIDEO: Croatian PM on relations with Serbia Thu, 23 May 2013 13:32:24 GMT
- Croatia's Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, tells HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur he wants to build a good relationship with Serbia.
- VIDEO: Building boom in Saudi Arabia Thu, 23 May 2013 10:56:46 GMT
- Saudi Arabia's construction industry is booming but while smart Dubai-style units are springing up in big cities, the country is still facing a growing housing crisis.
- Global markets fall on growth fears Thu, 23 May 2013 14:11:38 GMT
- Global stock markets fall after weak Chinese economic data and concerns that the US Federal Reserve may scale back monetary stimulus efforts.
- UK first quarter growth unchanged Thu, 23 May 2013 10:46:10 GMT
- The UK's economy grew at 0.3% in the first three months of the year, official figures confirm, but concerns remain over the strength of the recovery.
- Google acquires kite-power firm Thu, 23 May 2013 10:27:38 GMT
- Google has acquired a US start-up that generates power using turbines flying on robotic tethered kites.
- J-Lo to create Latino mobile shops Thu, 23 May 2013 10:34:38 GMT
- A chain of mobile phone stores aimed specifically at the Latino market is to be opened by singer and actress Jennifer Lopez