"There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends--always ready to meet your mood, always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that."
—Donald J. Adams (b. 1924) [Maxwell Smart] American actor
- Syria town under heavy army shelling Sat, 25 May 2013 11:49:55 GMT
- Rebel positions in Qusair in western Syria come under heavy shelling as government troops step up their offensive to recapture the strategic town.
- Pakistan bus fire kills 16 children Sat, 25 May 2013 11:07:22 GMT
- At least 16 children and a teacher are killed in a fire on their school bus in the eastern Pakistan of Gujrat, police say.
- Murder sparks anti-Muslim backlash Sat, 25 May 2013 11:29:39 GMT
- There has been a huge increase in anti-Muslim incidents since the murder of a British soldier in London, an inter-faith charity says.
- 'Black widow' bombing in Russia Sat, 25 May 2013 11:05:22 GMT
- A suicide bomber has blown herself up close to an interior ministry building in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, officials say.
- French army in major Mali pullout Sat, 25 May 2013 11:33:03 GMT
- France begins a key stage of its military withdrawal from Mali, four months after sending troops to push Islamist rebels out of the north.
- 'Mafia martyr' Puglisi beatified Sat, 25 May 2013 10:04:22 GMT
- More than 50,000 people attend the beatification in Sicily of Don Giuseppe Puglisi, a Roman Catholic priest murdered by the mafia in 1993.
- Swedish riots spread beyond capital Sat, 25 May 2013 07:08:00 GMT
- Cars and buildings are torched for a sixth night in Stockholm despite extra police being deployed, as rioting spreads to at least two other towns.
- Deaths in Philippines militant clash Sat, 25 May 2013 08:28:08 GMT
- Seven marines and at least four militants are killed as troops tackle Abu Sayyaf militants in the southern Philippines, the military says.
- Dancer 'lied' in Berlusconi sex case Fri, 24 May 2013 19:38:55 GMT
- A dancer alleged to have had paid sex as a minor with Italy's ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi tells a court she lied to investigators in 2010.
- Africa marks 'great leap forward' Sat, 25 May 2013 09:40:31 GMT
- Ethiopia's prime minister opens a ceremony of Africa's 54 leaders celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity.
- Author investigated for 'clown' jibe Fri, 24 May 2013 22:28:54 GMT
- Portuguese author and journalist Miguel Sousa Tavares is being investigated for calling President Anibal Cavaco Silva "a clown" in an interview.
- Police probe fatal tiger attack Sat, 25 May 2013 10:03:44 GMT
- A woman attacked by a tiger at the Cumbria wildlife park where she worked dies of her injuries.
- Lantern record sought in Philippines Sat, 25 May 2013 11:00:26 GMT
- Thousands of paper lanterns light up the night sky in the Philippines in an attempt to set a new world record.
- Texting safely on the High Street Fri, 24 May 2013 23:44:46 GMT
- The 'safety belt' for the walking texter
- VIDEO: Police 'clean up' Mafia stronghold Sat, 25 May 2013 07:46:59 GMT
- The area of Scampia outside Naples, has the infamous reputation of being one of the biggest drug-trafficking sites in Europe.