"I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better than book or orator."
—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German writer, scientist, master of poetry, drama and novel
- MI5 'approached Woolwich suspect' Fri, 24 May 2013 22:42:13 GMT
- UK security service MI5 asked London street attack suspect Michael Adebolajo if he wanted to work for them half a year ago, a childhood friend claims.
- Nigeria Boko Haram camps 'destroyed' Fri, 24 May 2013 20:01:31 GMT
- The Nigerian army says it has destroyed a number of camps used by militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, in the north-east of the country.
- Dancer 'lied' in Berlusconi sex case Fri, 24 May 2013 19:38:55 GMT
- A dancer alleged to have had paid sex as a minor with Italy's ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi tells a court she lied to investigators in 2010.
- Afghan Taliban attack central Kabul Fri, 24 May 2013 19:48:03 GMT
- Afghan security forces battle Taliban insurgents for hours in central Kabul, following an explosion that shook the capital.
- Author investigated for 'clown' gibe Fri, 24 May 2013 22:28:54 GMT
- Portuguese author and journalist Miguel Sousa Tavares is being investigated for calling President Anibal Cavaco Silva "a clown" in an interview.
- Barrick Gold fined for Chile project Fri, 24 May 2013 22:42:47 GMT
- Chilean authorities fine the world's largest gold mining company, Barrick Gold Corp, more than $16m for environmental offences at an Andean mine.
- Toronto's Ford denies 'crack video' Fri, 24 May 2013 22:29:35 GMT
- Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has denied allegations from a major Canadian newspaper he was caught on camera smoking crack cocaine.
- IMF chief Lagarde made key witness Fri, 24 May 2013 20:28:18 GMT
- A French court does not place IMF head Christine Lagarde under investigation over a payout made when she was finance minister, making her a key witness instead.
- Extra police heading for Stockholm Fri, 24 May 2013 16:07:45 GMT
- Reinforcements of specially trained police are being sent to Stockholm after five nights of unprecedented rioting in the capital's suburbs.
- China-Swiss free-trade deal sealed Fri, 24 May 2013 21:56:37 GMT
- China and Switzerland sign a memorandum of understanding on a free-trade agreement, the first such deal for China with a major Western economy.
- Obama: Sex assaults harm military Fri, 24 May 2013 16:51:48 GMT
- President Barack Obama tells US Navy graduates they must help end a culture of sexual assault that is tarnishing the image of the military.
- Two held after plane alert over UK Fri, 24 May 2013 17:24:47 GMT
- Two men are held on suspicion of endangerment of an aircraft after RAF jets were scrambled to escort a Pakistan Airlines plane in UK airspace.
- Lesbian drama is Cannes favourite Fri, 24 May 2013 12:01:30 GMT
- An intimate love story between two young women receives rave reviews in Cannes days before the winner of the Palme d'Or is announced.
- 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 space shuttles.
- VIDEO: The book clubs that find bestsellers Fri, 24 May 2013 01:24:23 GMT
- Hookline Books have started a new way of finding bestsellers with book groups at the heart of the decision-making process.