The awe of Google News is over, but the need to get aggregated news is still there. Bing News, Yahoo News etc are emerging, but Realtime Rediff News (Link) takes the cake.
Try it with a keyword or latest news. You will find realtime rediff (not rediff news) having more variety and recency. Realtime Rediff news is a head on competitor to Google news (even ahead of Bing or Yahoo news). Google news has gone to dogs. It is too controlling and inaccessible. Google news brings in news from same sources we already know like CNN, BBC etc. Do we even need Google News for that?
In terms of variety and recency, NewsNow.co.uk is another fantastic source. Hopefully they improve the interface.
Go take a dip. You will see how much you missed because you rely on Google News