Although he first came to fame as a writer for radio, the comic actor Eric Sykes, who has died aged 89, was fascinated – almost to the point of obsession – with silence.
After 12 years and hundreds of hours of testimony an Argentine court is finally poised to pass judgment on former dictators accused of orchestrating the "theft" of hundreds of babies born to political prisoners in the 1970s.
Republican presidential hope Mitt Romney has described a requirement that all Americans buy health insurance as a "tax", seemingly backing away from a previous position that put him at odds with his party.
France's new Socialist government has announced tax rises worth €7.2bn (£5.78bn), mainly targeting the wealthiest households and biggest corporations, as the country struggles to plug a gaping hole in its budget.
Perched on a bluff high above the sea, the ancient theatre at Curium is among Cyprus's most spectacular sites.
George Osborne has resurfaced after his most difficult period as chancellor with a highly politicised intervention to deflect Labour claims that the Tories are the party of bankers.
The near three-hour grilling of Bob Diamond, the Barclays chief executive, turned out to be a frustrating time for George Osborne, as well as a setback for the reputation of the parliamentary select committee system.
As his good friend Bob Diamond, long prominent among the Chums of Boris, prepared to be grilled by MPs, London's Mayor used Wednesday's monthly question time session to mount a tailored version of his now standard defence of his dealings with powerful people dragged under dark clouds.
Summer. A time for sun, relaxation and perhaps a well-earned holiday.
After Bradley Wiggins flirted with disaster on Tuesday, on Wednesday it was Mark Cavendish's turn to see his Tour and Olympic ambitions flashing past in front of him as the front part of the Tour's peloton hit the deck.