Pope Francis: Church too focused on gays and abortion 19 September 2013Last updated at 13:29 ET Pope Francis says the Catholic Church must strive to heal wounds Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church is too focused on preaching about abortion, gay people and contraception and needs to become more merciful.
20 September 2013Last updated at 00:12 ET Donations of more than $110,000 (£67,000) have poured in from across the US for a Boston homeless man who returned a lost bag with $42,000 in it. Glen James alerted police after he found the backpack containing cash and traveller's cheques last weekend, and the bag's owner was then tracked down. A complete stranger later started an online fund for Mr James after reading media reports about his honesty. Honesty pays off for homeless Boston man
Quebec's student tuition protest: Who really won the dispute? - Montreal
Languages of love: 10 unusual terms of endearment 29 May 2013 Last updated at 19:22 ET "Chouchou" is Carla Bruni's term for her husband, the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy. Samantha Cameron was heard on microphone saying "I love you babe" to her man, Prime Minister David Cameron - and Michelle Obama described the most-tweeted picture ever (above) with the words, "That's my honey giving me a hug." Some terms of endearment can be used in many languages - "baby", "angel" and "sweetheart" for example.
22 February 2012 Last updated at 11:58 ET By Stephanie Hegarty BBC World Service We often worry about lying awake in the middle of the night - but it could be good for you. A growing body of evidence from both science and history suggests that the eight-hour sleep may be unnatural. In the early 1990s, psychiatrist Thomas Wehr conducted an experiment in which a group of people were plunged into darkness for 14 hours every day for a month. It took some time for their sleep to regulate but by the fourth week the subjects had settled into a very distinct sleeping pattern. They slept first for four hours, then woke for one or two hours before falling into a second four-hour sleep.
They are young, tech savvy and babies of the Baby Boomers. They form the next generation to inherit the earth. They are the Millennials. But just who are they? VIDEO: Meet Windsor's Millennials - Windsor
30 January 2012 Last updated at 19:09 ET By Shilpa Kannan BBC News, Tirumala Green temple: India's Tirupati Temple has adopted a range of green technologies - and the shrine is now trading carbon credits Surrounded by seven hills, high above lush green forests is the temple town of Tirumala. The crown jewel is the dazzling gold-plated temple of Lord Venkateshwara. Tech conversion: India's richest shrine goes green
Speed-of-light experiments give baffling result at Cern 23 September 2011 Last updated at 13:03 ET By Jason Palmer Science and technology reporter, BBC News Enormous underground detectors are needed to catch neutrinos, that are so elusive as to be dubbed "ghost particles" A meeting at Cern, the world's largest physics lab, has addressed results that suggest subatomic particles have gone faster than the speed of light. The team has published its work so other scientists can determine if the approach contains any mistakes. If it does not, one of the pillars of modern science may come tumbling down. Antonio Ereditato added "words of caution" to his Cern presentation because of the "potentially great impact on physics" of the result.
13 September 2011 Last updated at 13:50 ET By Leila Battison Science reporter, Bradford Rare earth metals are vital for production of a range of electronic items The relative risks to the supply of some of Earth's rarest elements have been detailed in a new list published by the British Geological Survey (BGS). So-called "technology metals" like indium and niobium are extracted from the Earth and are used in a wide range of modern digital devices and green technologies. Earth’s rarest metals ranked in a new 'risk list'
Icann increases web domain suffixes 20 June 2011 Last updated at 06:08 ET The move has opened up new possibilities for the internet, Icann says A global internet body has voted to allow the creation of new website domain suffixes, the biggest change for the online world in years.