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"Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."

—Alan Stewart Paton (1903-88) South African writer, noted for novels Cry, the Beloved Country

 

World News From BBC

UN chief: Gaza in critical condition  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:43:40 GMT
Gaza is in a "critical condition" and violence there must stop "in the name of humanity", UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says. 
MH17 downing 'may be war crime'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:27:58 GMT
The downing of Malaysian airliner MH17 in eastern Ukraine may constitute a "war crime", UN human rights chief Navi Pillay says. 
Yukos shareholders win $50bn payout  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:56:12 GMT
A court based in The Hague has ordered Russia to pay $50bn (£29.5bn) to former shareholders in the defunct oil producer Yukos. 
Ferry students 'floated from cabins'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:50:48 GMT
Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues. 
Dinosaurs' extinction 'bad luck'  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 04:21:49 GMT
Dinosaurs might have survived if the asteroid that wiped them out had hit the Earth a few million years later or earlier, a new study suggests. 
Fears over massive Libya fuel fire  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:18:10 GMT
Libya warns of a "humanitarian disaster" after a massive fire at a fuel storage site in Tripoli, as fighting between rival militias continues. 
Emirates to stop flying over Iraq  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:11:26 GMT
Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports. 
Nigerian state bans cars during Eid  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:42:28 GMT
Vehicles in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state are banned for three days during Eid festivities because of fears of a Boko Haram attack. 
Lightning kills man on US beach  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:05:14 GMT
One man is killed and several people are hurt following lightning strikes on crowded Venice Beach in Los Angeles, California. 
Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:50 GMT
Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading. 
Limits on fracking in beauty spots  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:29:17 GMT
Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" has been given a cautious welcome by the National Trust. 
Burma Top Gear breached Ofcom rules  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:36 GMT
Top Gear's Burma special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial term broke broadcasting guidelines, Ofcom rules. 
VIDEO: Dog friendly buses in Hong Kong  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:58:10 GMT
A new bus service has been launched in Hong Kong for pet lovers. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:37:55 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Quick-thinking mother saves baby  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:33:56 GMT
A woman and her baby had a lucky escape, when they narrowly avoided being involved in a car accident in San Francisco.