"Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents."
—Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860) German philosopher, believed will to live is fundamental reality
- Nelson Mandela: Aids campaigner Fri, 06 Dec 2013 11:35:57 GMT
- Though at first muted in his approach to HIV/Aids, Nelson Mandela became a dedicated advocate for a more vigorous approach to the disease.
- Vitamin D's disease role queried Fri, 06 Dec 2013 01:40:35 GMT
- Scientists have cast doubt on the value of vitamin D supplements to protect against diseases like cancers and diabetes.
- England face heavy defeat in Adelaide Sun, 08 Dec 2013 10:15:44 GMT
- Joe Root helps England take Australia to a final day but defeat in the second Ashes Test still seems inevitable.
- Man Utd can still win title - Moyes Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:59:31 GMT
- Manchester United boss David Moyes says his side can still win the Premier League, despite their home loss to Newcastle.
- Mandela death: How a prisoner became a legend Sat, 07 Dec 2013 00:11:42 GMT
- As the imprisoned Nelson Mandela became the face of a global campaign against apartheid, within South Africa a ban on his image meant people still didn't know what he looked like.
- Close of play for cricket's film show Sun, 08 Dec 2013 00:23:04 GMT
- The British Film Institute has cancelled an annual cricket exhibition after more than 30 years, leading to fears that much of the sport's heritage will be left unseen - and even lost.
- US teacher shot dead in Libya Thu, 05 Dec 2013 20:43:29 GMT
- An American teacher is gunned down by unknown assailants while jogging in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, local officials say.
- India face Olympic expulsion - IOC Sat, 07 Dec 2013 16:20:26 GMT
- The International Olympic Committee says India face expulsion from the Olympic movement unless they comply with ethics rules.
- Huge African troop surge for CAR Sat, 07 Dec 2013 23:15:42 GMT
- The African Union is to increase significantly the number of troops it plans to send to end communal fighting in the Central African Republic.
- Arrests over Mexico radiation truck Fri, 06 Dec 2013 23:23:40 GMT
- Six men are detained in central Mexico over the robbery earlier this week of a truck containing radioactive material from a hospital.
- Syria jihadists 'use Turkey bases' Sat, 07 Dec 2013 13:41:36 GMT
- Foreign jihadist fighters, including Britons, are using safe houses in southern Turkey to go to Syria to fight against government forces, the BBC has learnt.
- US jobless rate hits five-year low Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:10:35 GMT
- The US unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7% in November as firms created 203,000 new jobs, latest figures show.
- MPs set to receive 11% pay rise Sun, 08 Dec 2013 01:04:01 GMT
- MPs are set to get an 11% pay rise of about £7,600 when a parliamentary watchdog publishes its final recommendations on salaries this week.
- Police probe football fix claims Sun, 08 Dec 2013 10:45:41 GMT
- Police are investigating allegations that a football player agreed to deliberately get a yellow card in a Championship game in return for £30,000.
- Church service honours Mandela Sun, 08 Dec 2013 10:52:21 GMT
- A service of thanksgiving for the life of ex-South African president Nelson Mandela has been held in London.