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—Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American writer known for free verse, Smoke and Steel


World News From BBC

Militants 'seize Israeli soldier'  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:30:35 GMT
Israeli forces search for a soldier believed captured in fighting that ended a short-lived humanitarian truce in Gaza. 
Ebola 'spreading too fast' - WHO  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:47:39 GMT
The Ebola outbreak is spreading faster than efforts to control it, the head of the World Health Organization tells West African leaders. 
Sassoon war diaries published online  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:02:21 GMT
Twenty-three journals belonging to the war poet Siegfried Sassoon, many written in the trenches, are being published online for the first time. 
MH17 crash team finds human remains  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:03:04 GMT
A team of 70 Dutch and Australian forensic experts finds human remains at the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine as fighting continues. 
US economy adds 209,000 jobs in July  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:50:24 GMT
The US economy added 209,000 jobs in July, latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal, adding to optimism that the country's recovery continues apace. 
Uganda court annuls anti-gay law  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:07:46 GMT
Uganda's Constitutional Court annuls a tough anti-gay law that had drawn widespread criticism by Western governments and human rights activists. 
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:29:05 GMT
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 25 people and injures about 267 others. 
'HIV drugs boost' SA life expectancy  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:09:18 GMT
Life expectancy in South Africa has increased dramatically over the last decade mainly thanks to life-saving Aids drugs, a government report says. 
Republican revolt kills border bill  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:29:40 GMT
Bills aimed at dealing with the crush of undocumented children streaming over the US border fail in Congress, as it prepares for its summer recess. 
Germany's Kohl keeps historic tapes  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:34:34 GMT
German ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl wins a bitter legal battle to keep 200 tapes recording his political life. 
India hires mimics to scare monkeys  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:05:02 GMT
Forty men have been hired in India to impersonate monkeys, and scare away thousands of real monkeys causing havoc around Delhi's parliament. 
Top DJs say Ibiza is too expensive  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:16:58 GMT
Afrojack, Paul Oakenfold and Steve Angello say Ibiza has become too VIP and is pricing normal people out. 
VIDEO: Last of the scissor makers  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:33:30 GMT
Eric Stones has been making scissors by hand for 58 years. 
VIDEO: Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:50:02 GMT
Taiwan gas blasts in Kaohsiung kill at least 24 
VIDEO: Immersive cinema: Is this the future?  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:17:46 GMT
Newsnight reports on the growing popularity of immersive entertainment.