"Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading man, and studying all the various editions of them."
—Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773) [4th Earl of Chesterfield] English politician, writer
- Plain packs 'no illegal smoking link' Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:15:39 GMT
- A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes.
- Electrical stimulation 'aids memory' Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:17:49 GMT
- Electromagnetic stimulation of a specific part of the brain may improve the ability to remember certain facts, researchers say.
- Murray breezes into US Open last 32 Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:30:32 GMT
- Andy Murray makes short work of German qualifier Matthias Bachinger as the Briton advances to the US Open third round.
- Hodgson admits Shaw fitness concerns Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:14:17 GMT
- Roy Hodgson says he had concerns over Luke Shaw's fitness before Louis van Gaal's criticism of the left-back.
- The last Armenians of Myanmar Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:36:34 GMT
- The last 'full' Armenian in Myanmar died last year, so what is the future of Yangon's historic Armenian church?
- Guns a part of American childhood Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:39:28 GMT
- This week, a nine-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun accidentally shot to death her weapons instructor. Not all Americans grow up shooting guns. Those who do often start young
- Nigeria launches electronic ID cards Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:45:51 GMT
- Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan formally launches a national electronic identity card, which can also be used to make payments.
- Volcano erupts in Papua New Guinea Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:14:36 GMT
- Papua New Guinea's eastern Mount Tavurvur erupts, disrupting flights and spewing rocks and ash into the air.
- Erdogan sworn in as Turkey president Thu, 28 Aug 2014 20:48:45 GMT
- Recep Tayyip Erdogan is officially sworn in as Turkish president after winning the country's first ever public vote for head of state.
- Argentina general strike 'success' Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:13:53 GMT
- Labour groups opposed to Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner stage a second general strike this year and claim success.
- UN demands peacekeepers' release Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:00:52 GMT
- The UN calls for their "immediate release" of 43 Fijian peacekeepers in the Syrian Golan Heights, captured by an armed group.
- Ford 'threatened' fellow school coach Fri, 29 Aug 2014 01:33:38 GMT
- As a youth football coach, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford allegedly threatened a teacher and made players roll in goose droppings, newly released documents say.
- Abusers 'brazenly targeted girls' Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:55:53 GMT
- An ex-care worker in Rotherham, where 1,400 girls were sexually exploited, says men collected victims as young as 11 from a children's home.
- Parents snatch ill boy, 5, from ward Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:44:29 GMT
- A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour is taken without consent from hospital by his parents, sparking a major police hunt for the family.
- Tory MPs rule out further defections Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:48:15 GMT
- Eurosceptic Conservative MPs distance themselves from Douglas Carswell amid talk of further defections to UKIP.