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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

US manhunt for tuberculosis patient  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:44:49 GMT
Authorities in California search for a fugitive homeless man who has refused treatment for tuberculosis and may be contagious. 
'New virus' discovered in human gut  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 00:14:03 GMT
Scientists say they have stumbled upon a common virus that has never been described before. 
Hamilton at back of grid after fire  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:24:20 GMT
Lewis Hamilton's car catches fire in Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying, leaving him at the back of the grid, with Nico Rosberg on pole. 
Buttler must play aggressively - Cook  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:38:32 GMT
England captain Alastair Cook urges Jos Buttler not to change his attacking batting style when he makes his Test debut. 
How odd is a cluster of plane accidents?  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:23:56 GMT
In the space of eight days, three passenger planes have been lost in mid-flight - how unusual a cluster of accidents so close together? 
A country where liberal journalists risk death  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:04:26 GMT
A writer who gets on the wrong side of religious activists in Pakistan is in severe danger, and may have to vanish to survive. 
CAR rebel leader rejects ceasefire  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:09:33 GMT
Seleka rebels in the Central African Republic reject a ceasefire deal and demand the country be partitioned between Muslims and Christians. 
Dutch and Australians in MH17 talks  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:58:13 GMT
The Netherlands and Australia seek access to the rebel-controlled crash site of MH17 in eastern Ukraine as more bodies arrive in Eindhoven. 
BSkyB pays £5bn to create Sky Europe  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:10:07 GMT
BSkyB wants to take over Rupert Murdoch's pay TV companies in Germany and Italy in a move that would create a company with 20 million European viewers. 
US 'will send migrant youths home'  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 03:12:05 GMT
President Obama meets Central American leaders and says undocumented immigrant children without legal claims to be in the US will be sent home. 
American reporter held in Iran  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:38:16 GMT
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms. 
Homeowner kills 'pregnant burglar'  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:04:02 GMT
Authorities in California are investigating whether to charge an elderly man who fatally shot a suspected female burglar who said she was pregnant. 
Disturbance at 'crisis' prison  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:19:33 GMT
Dozens of prisoners are involved in an ongoing disturbance at a Nottinghamshire prison. 
Navy commander faces affair claims  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 15:16:08 GMT
The first female commander of a major Royal Navy warship is understood to have left her vessel after allegations of an affair with one of her officers. 
English councils propose 'Tesco tax'  Sat, 26 Jul 2014 13:30:39 GMT
A group of local councils in England is formally asking the government for new powers to tax large supermarkets, a plan dubbed the "Tesco tax".