"A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face... one of the few havens remaining where a man's mind can get both provocation and privacy."
—Charles Langbridge Morgan
- Thai PM Yingluck calls election Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:33:34 GMT
- Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra dissolves parliament and calls an election, after sustained protests in Bangkok.
- Tech firms seek surveillance reform Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:59:31 GMT
- Eight leading technology firms including Google and Facebook call for "wide-scale changes" to US government surveillance.
- SA parliament to remember Mandela Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:42:44 GMT
- South Africa's parliament is to meet to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, as world leaders prepare for Tuesday's memorial service.
- Ukraine protesters maintain blockade Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:44:56 GMT
- Thousands of protesters remain in the centre of the Ukrainian capital Kiev, blocking streets outside government offices after a giant rally.
- N Korea confirms Kim uncle dismissed Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:43:26 GMT
- North Korea confirms that Chang Song-thaek, the once powerful uncle of leader Kim Jong-un, has been dismissed, accusing him of corruption and criminality.
- Indonesia train in deadly collision Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:40:12 GMT
- A commuter train collides with a vehicle in Indonesia's capital, Jakarta, causing parts of the train to burst into flames.
- France vows to disarm CAR militias Mon, 09 Dec 2013 01:26:13 GMT
- French soldiers are to start taking weapons from fighters in the Central African Republic from Monday, by force if necessary, the defence minister says.
- Somalia aid bodies 'paid al-Shabab' Mon, 09 Dec 2013 03:04:25 GMT
- Aid agencies paid Somalia's al-Shabab militants for access to areas under their control during the 2011 famine, two think tanks say.
- Singapore bus death triggers riot Mon, 09 Dec 2013 08:29:15 GMT
- Police in Singapore arrest 27 South Asian suspects after hundreds of foreign workers take part in a riot sparked by the death of an Indian man.
- Kuwaitis cleared of parliament raid Mon, 09 Dec 2013 09:13:53 GMT
- Seventy opposition activists, including nine former MPs, are acquitted of storming the parliament building in the Gulf state of Kuwait two years ago.
- US defence chief visits Pakistan Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:18:49 GMT
- The American Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel begins a visit to Pakistan, at a time of tension over US drone strikes.
- Six questioned over football fix claims Mon, 09 Dec 2013 07:34:22 GMT
- Police are continuing to question six people arrested on Sunday after an ex-Portsmouth player told an undercover reporter he had been involved in fixing football matches.
- Ancient Welsh manuscript goes online Sun, 08 Dec 2013 14:18:08 GMT
- A 13th Century book containing one of the oldest Welsh poems ever written appears online for the first time.
- Mystery of bizarre mounds solved Mon, 09 Dec 2013 05:40:32 GMT
- The mystery of one of the strangest landscape features on the planet - Mima mounds - is solved, scientists say.
- VIDEO: Singapore bus death sparks riot Mon, 09 Dec 2013 01:15:02 GMT
- Police in Singapore have made 27 arrests after hundreds of people took part in a riot sparked by the death of an Indian national.