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"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."

—Alice Walker (b. 1944) American writer, Meridian, The Color Purple


World News From BBC

Space project will go on - Branson  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:48:06 GMT
Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson vows to continue his space tourism venture despite the SpaceShipTwo craft crashing in the US, killing a pilot. 
Power struggle in Burkina Faso  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:25:28 GMT
A split emerges within Burkina Faso's armed forces over who is leading the country following the resignation of President Blaise Compaore. 
Funeral of murdered SA footballer  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:53:30 GMT
Tens of thousands of mourners are attending the funeral of murdered South African football captain Senzo Meyiwa. 
Bangladesh hit by major blackouts  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 09:41:35 GMT
Bangladesh is hit by major power blackouts after a power line connecting the country to India's electricity grid failed, reports say. 
Boko Haram denies ceasefire claim  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:38:43 GMT
Militant group Boko Haram denies claims by Nigeria's government that it has agreed to a ceasefire and will release 219 abducted girls. 
Australia marks Anzac centenary  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 08:55:41 GMT
Thousands gather in the Australian town of Albany to mark the centenary of the departure of the first Anzac troops in World War One. 
Quarantine victory for US Ebola nurse  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 20:23:48 GMT
A judge in the US rules in favour of a nurse fighting a state quarantine order issued because she treated Ebola patients in West Africa. 
Iraqi Kurds 'in Kobane to fight IS'  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:28:20 GMT
Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga forces cross the Turkish border to help defend the Syrian town of Kobane from Islamic State militants. 
Uruguay registers cannabis growers  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:45:54 GMT
The Uruguayan government announces the start of registration for licensed cannabis growers as part of its plan to legalise the drug. 
Reduced EU sea mission set to go  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 18:45:51 GMT
The EU is to launch a limited operation in the Mediterranean to help Italy stem the flow of migrants from North Africa. 
Mexico orders release of US marine  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:17:02 GMT
A US marine imprisoned in Mexico for driving a vehicle loaded with firearms across the border is released after eight months. 
Kenyan Jeptoo fails doping test  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:36:27 GMT
Marathon runner Rita Jeptoo becomes the latest athlete from Kenya to fail a doping test, the country's athletics body confirm. 
VIDEO: Hello Kitty shrine in Singapore  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 01:38:16 GMT
The BBC's Lucas de Jong found one place in Singapore where interior designer Terry Goh has spent seven years making Hello Kitty the centre of attention. 
VIDEO: Obamas welcome trick-or-treaters  Sat, 01 Nov 2014 04:48:12 GMT
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle welcome some special guests to the White House for a trick-or-treat Halloween celebration. 
VIDEO: Prototype flying car shown off  Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:18:17 GMT
BBC Click looks at some of the week's technology highlights, including a flying car and electric rollerskates.