"I suggest that the only books that influence us are those for which we are ready, and which have gone a little farther down our particular path than we have yet gone ourselves."
—Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) British writer, A Room with a View
- VIDEO: Iron Man 3 is a superhero in China Thu, 23 May 2013 08:38:00 GMT
- Disney's Iron Man 3 film is set to become China's highest-grossing film of all time, opening the door for more business from Hollywood.
- VIDEO: Polluted Hong Kong gets new electric taxis Thu, 23 May 2013 05:44:14 GMT
- Hong Kong, one of the most highly populated islands in the world, launches a trial run of a fleet of electric taxis in a bid to tackle its serious pollution problems.
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Thu, 23 May 2013 13:00:59 GMT
- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.
- VIDEO: Film charts China's thirst for red wine Thu, 23 May 2013 00:00:05 GMT
- A new documentary film looks at the dramatic impact of China's growing fascination with fine French wines.
- VIDEO: South Africa's 'rising confidence' Wed, 22 May 2013 13:21:21 GMT
- Andrew Harding at how South Africa's economy is changing, as the Organisation of African Unity celebrates its 50th anniversary.
- VIDEO: Croatian PM on relations with Serbia Thu, 23 May 2013 13:32:24 GMT
- Croatia's Prime Minister, Zoran Milanovic, tells HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur he wants to build a good relationship with Serbia.
- VIDEO: Building boom in Saudi Arabia Thu, 23 May 2013 10:56:46 GMT
- Saudi Arabia's construction industry is booming but while smart Dubai-style units are springing up in big cities, the country is still facing a growing housing crisis.
- Global markets fall on growth fears Thu, 23 May 2013 20:36:31 GMT
- Global stock markets fall after weak Chinese economic data and concerns the US may scale back monetary stimulus efforts but the Dow Jones closes flat.
- UK first quarter growth unchanged Thu, 23 May 2013 10:46:10 GMT
- The UK's economy grew at 0.3% in the first three months of the year, official figures confirm, but concerns remain over the strength of the recovery.
- Google acquires kite-power firm Thu, 23 May 2013 10:27:38 GMT
- Google has acquired a US start-up that generates power using turbines flying on robotic tethered kites.
- BBC shows off 'script-changing' radio Thu, 23 May 2013 16:24:16 GMT
- A radio that has the ability to alter scripts and other content depending on its location and other factors is being developed by the BBC.
- Redford impresses Cannes critics Thu, 23 May 2013 14:43:07 GMT
- Robert Redford receives a standing ovation for his performance in his survival-at-sea epic All Is Lost at a Cannes Film Festival screening.
- King receives honour from Obama Thu, 23 May 2013 10:07:24 GMT
- US President Barack Obama honours "living legend" Carole King as he presents her with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.
- Genetics of white tigers pinpointed Thu, 23 May 2013 16:23:12 GMT
- Chinese scientists trace the rare white colouration in Bengal tigers to a single change in a gene that affects a host of animals, including humans.
- Iceland expands volcano monitoring Thu, 23 May 2013 07:39:12 GMT
- Installation is under way of an expanded monitoring system for Iceland's volcanoes, which it is hoped will give the world more warning of the next big eruption.