The web is an unmatched resource for keeping up with the latest breaking developments. We asked readers to recommend the best news sites on the net.

Here we present the top 10 news websites.

Google News

Recommended by: sunnystaines

"Google News gets the best from the web and is updated on a regular basis," writes sunnystaines. "You can also tweak it to the nation of your choice - I use the UK one. I like world affairs, and this is by far the best, in my opinion."

Google News is an aggregator rather than a news source in itself, posting links and teaser paragraphs from news stories written by other sites. (Some news services have complained, but most are happy to get the extra traffic.)

Choose a broad area of interest and Google News will present what it considers to be the big stories of the day, with multiple sources for each. It provides an accurate, constantly updated snapshot of the most talked-about stories at any given moment.

Daily Mail Online

Mail Online

Recommended by: DANZIG

The Daily Mail website, Mail Online, isn't above publishing the odd bit of 'flame bait' - articles that seem to court online traffic by being deliberately objectionable - and is hardly known for its cool-headed objectivity.

But we can't deny that Mail Online knows what it's doing. It's become something of an authority on celebrity gossip, for one thing, and reading the site's rabble-rousing take on the proper news can be a real guilty pleasure.


Recommended by: PP Smith

"Big news often breaks first on Twitter, thanks to its millions-strong army of citizen journalists," writes PP Smith.

"If you want to hear what's happening on the street almost as soon as it does - in an area of political unrest, say - a strong line-up of relevant Twitter feeds (or simply a search on a relevant keyword, if you're willing to trawl through the dross) can be a good bet. There are some false alarms, though, so follow up big leads with off-Twitter corroboration."

BBC News

Recommended by: ukpostcode

The Beeb's vastly popular news site is one of the corporation's crown jewels these days. And free, good-quality online news could grow scarce in the near future, if Rupert Murdoch's strategy for The Times' site (next page) catches on.

BBC News

The BBC has all the big national and international stories on its front page, but (appropriately for a public-service site) you can choose to view only stories that are relevant to your area, along with links to articles by local newspaper sites - a useful touch.

There are also plenty of news videos, and we'd put in a word for the much-derided [caution - bad language] but highly enjoyable 'Have your say' section, where site visitors debate the issues of the day and unwittingly reveal their own prejudices.

Reuters UK


Recommended by: wolfie3000

"I usually check Reuters in the morning," writes wolfie3000. "I try to get the most unbiased news I can, and Reuters seems pretty good with its news reports."

Reuters is well known for its business reporting - the site is well worth a look for analysis of the latest movement in stock prices and so on - but current affairs of all kinds are dealt with effectively.

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