"History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it."
—Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American writer known for free verse, Smoke and Steel
- Obama defends 'just' drones war Thu, 23 May 2013 21:06:56 GMT
- President Obama defends the use of drones as a "just war" of self-defence against deadly militants, and a campaign that has made America safer.
- Lee Rigby named as Woolwich victim Thu, 23 May 2013 22:07:35 GMT
- The UK names the soldier killed in a machete attack on a London street on Wednesday and says two more people have been arrested.
- US Boy Scouts to allow gay members Fri, 24 May 2013 01:01:58 GMT
- The Boy Scouts of America organisation votes to accept openly gay scouts, after a divisive campaign pitting liberals against some religious groups.
- Bombers hit Niger barracks and mine Fri, 24 May 2013 01:12:37 GMT
- Suicide bombers target a military camp and a French-run uranium mine in north-western Niger leaving at least 20 people dead, officials say.
- WHO urges sharing over coronavirus Thu, 23 May 2013 23:11:42 GMT
- The WHO urges countries with possible cases of novel coronavirus to share information amid concern over patent rights held by commercial labs.
- Nasa to lease shuttle launch pad Thu, 23 May 2013 23:26:57 GMT
- Nasa is looking for commercial operators to lease a historic launch pad in Florida used for the first Moon missions and by the Atlantis shuttle.
- Uefa reveals new drug-testing plans Thu, 23 May 2013 14:12:49 GMT
- Uefa announces a series of new measures designed to combat the use of performance-enhancing drugs in European football.
- Foul weather hits US tornado cleanup Fri, 24 May 2013 01:10:08 GMT
- Recovery efforts in an Oklahoma city hit by a huge tornado are hampered by thunderstorms, as the first victim's funeral is held.
- French court questions IMF chief Thu, 23 May 2013 19:45:01 GMT
- IMF chief Christine Lagarde is grilled by judges in Paris over a big payout to a tycoon when she was French finance minister.
- Thousands at author Achebe's funeral Thu, 23 May 2013 21:32:27 GMT
- Thousands of mourners attend the funeral of renowned Nigerian author Chinua Achebe in his home town of Ogidi in Anambra state.
- New jewel theft hits Cannes festival Thu, 23 May 2013 19:41:26 GMT
- A necklace reportedly worth 1.9m euros (£1.6m) is stolen during the Cannes film festival, the second such theft to hit this year's event.
- Cockroaches evolving to evade traps Fri, 24 May 2013 00:18:40 GMT
- Cockroaches are outsmarting our efforts to kill them by evolving to avoid the taste of sugar traps, a study reveals.
- EU axes plans to ban olive oil jugs Thu, 23 May 2013 14:58:07 GMT
- The EU drops plans to ban restaurants from using refillable olive oil jugs, after the idea drew criticism from consumers and European leaders.
- French ex-leader reveals panda story Thu, 23 May 2013 16:49:55 GMT
- Former French President Valery Giscard d'Estaing reveals he was once jumped on by a panda when he dared himself to enter its cage.
- VIDEO: Journey into an Icelandic volcano Wed, 22 May 2013 17:59:43 GMT
- Dr Freysteinn Sigmundsson shows the BBC's Neil Bowdler around the Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland.