"During the Depression, or back when we were fighting Hitler, people didn't have time to sue a company if the coffee was too hot. There were urgent, pressing problems. If you think you have it tough, read history books."
—Bill Maher Comedian, commentator
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Some statins 'raise diabetes risk' Fri, 24 May 2013 06:44:51 GMT
- Some drugs taken to protect the heart may increase the risk of developing Type-2 diabetes, according to researchers in Canada.
- Cancer cell enzymes are 'good cops' Thu, 23 May 2013 23:24:34 GMT
- Enzymes released by cancerous cells have a protective function and are not one of the 'bad guys', say researchers from the University of East Anglia.
- Gill confident of keeping Rooney Fri, 24 May 2013 18:29:14 GMT
- Outgoing Manchester United chief executive David Gill says "every bit of work" is being done to resolve Wayne Rooney's future.
- Townsend faces FA gambling charge Fri, 24 May 2013 18:36:37 GMT
- Andros Townsend pulls out of the England Under-21s European Championship squad following FA betting charge.
- How to speak Franglais Fri, 24 May 2013 15:54:55 GMT
- Bonjour, mes amis antiques, let's parler Franglais, as le late grand auteur and smith des bonnes mots, Miles Kington, used to dire.
- Englishisms in France: Readers' franglais favourites Fri, 24 May 2013 00:08:44 GMT
- A row over plans to teach French university courses in English has sparked soul-searching in France. Here, readers share their favourite anglicisms.
- Belmokhtar 'supervised' Niger bombs Fri, 24 May 2013 13:26:18 GMT
- Militant leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar masterminded the two suicide bombs in Niger on Thursday which killed 20 people, a Mauritanian news agency reports.
- UN hails 'historic' Obama drone vow Fri, 24 May 2013 13:11:35 GMT
- The lawyer leading the UN's inquiry into drones welcomes President Obama's speech as a "significant step towards increased transparency".
- Wife expected soldier 'to be safe' Fri, 24 May 2013 18:17:05 GMT
- The wife of the soldier murdered in a London street says she expected her husband to be safe in the UK.
- Ecuador president starts third term Fri, 24 May 2013 17:53:52 GMT
- Ecuador's President, Rafael Correa, is sworn into office for an unprecedented third term in the capital, Quito.
- Syria 'to attend peace conference' Fri, 24 May 2013 10:29:43 GMT
- Russia says the Syrian government has agreed "in principle" to attend an international peace conference set to be held in Geneva in June.
- US bridge collapse 'caused by lorry' Fri, 24 May 2013 17:35:46 GMT
- The collapse of a road bridge over a river in the north-west US state of Washington was caused by an oversized lorry's crash, say officials.