"The advice of their elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books."
—Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. (1841-1935) American associate justice, US Supreme Court
- China rules out open Hong Kong poll Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:31:25 GMT
- China rules out open nominations for the next Hong Kong leadership election, in a move likely to trigger anger among pro-democracy activists.
- EU sets Russia sanctions ultimatum Sun, 31 Aug 2014 07:29:21 GMT
- The EU gives Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine or face new sanctions, as Ukraine's leader talks of the "point of no return".
- Missing Ashya King found in Spain Sun, 31 Aug 2014 08:26:24 GMT
- A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was removed from a UK hospital by his parents is found in Spain after his father defends their actions in a video.
- Anti-PM clashes continue in Pakistan Sun, 31 Aug 2014 06:31:08 GMT
- Continuing clashes in Pakistan between police and protesters demanding the toppling of PM Nawaz Sharif leave two dead and hundreds injured.
- US planes drop aid to Iraq's Amerli Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:09:52 GMT
- US planes have made air drops and carried out strikes against Islamic State positions around the besieged northern Iraqi town of Amerli.
- First openly gay NFL player dropped Sat, 30 Aug 2014 21:03:24 GMT
- Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted into the National Football League, fails to make the final roster for the St Louis Rams.
- Philippine troops in Syria rescued Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:26:44 GMT
- Thirty-two Philippine peacekeepers trapped by rebels in the Syrian Golan Heights are rescued, and another 40 escape, but 44 Fijians are held captive.
- El Salvador gangs re-launch truce Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:45:45 GMT
- Leaders of five of El Salvador's powerful gangs say they will stop attacking police and military in a bid to re-launch a gang truce agreed two years ago.
- Archbishop issues terror asylum plea Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:17:46 GMT
- The Archbishop of York calls for the government to do more to offer asylum to Christians being persecuted by Islamic State terrorists.
- Original Jethro Tull bassist dies Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:33:48 GMT
- Bassist Glenn Cornick, a founding member of the British rock band Jethro Tull who played on their biggest hits, has died at his home in Hawaii.
- Fairhead to be BBC Trust chairwoman Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:37:32 GMT
- Rona Fairhead, former head of the Financial Times Group, is poised to become the first woman to chair the BBC Trust, replacing Lord Patten in the role.
- VIDEO: IRA ceasefire: 20 years on Sun, 31 Aug 2014 03:48:55 GMT
- Two decades ago the Provisional IRA announced a ceasefire that marked the end of a quarter of a century of what it called its "armed struggle".
- VIDEO: Long queues to leave Mariupol Sat, 30 Aug 2014 11:01:47 GMT
- The Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is in Brussels to discuss the ongoing crisis in his country with EU leaders.
- VIDEO: Song of a four-storey 'earth harp' Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:31:30 GMT
- William Close is the inventor of the 'Earth Harp', a musical instrument which makes use of the architecture around it to create its sound.
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