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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

Anger erupts over Korea ferry rescue  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:27:36 GMT
Families of passengers on a sunken South Korean ferry protest angrily over the rescue operation, scuffling with police on Jindo island. 
Easter messages show Ukraine divide  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:23:46 GMT
Orthodox Easter messages from patriarchs in Kiev and Moscow reflect Ukraine's deep divide, as a tense stand-off continues in the east. 
French hostages home from Syria  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:33:51 GMT
Four French journalists released after 10 months in captivity in Syria arrive back in France. 
Brazil cars torched in protest  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:43:20 GMT
Residents of a poor community near Rio de Janeiro torch vehicles in protest at the deaths of two young men in incidents involving the police. 
Japan to base troops near islands  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:29:15 GMT
Japan begins building a military radar station near the Senkaku islands, focus of a bitter territorial row with China, which calls them the Diaoyus. 
UN envoy and Israel in access row  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:08:38 GMT
The UN envoy to the Middle East accuses Israel of blocking his way to an Easter ceremony in Jerusalem, as Israel questions his judgement. 
Iran condemns US skyscraper seizure  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:05:03 GMT
Iran condemns a decision by the US to seize a Manhattan high-rise belonging to a charitable foundation and sell proceeds to victims of attacks by Iran-backed militants. 
'Dozens die' in S Sudan cattle raid  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:37:15 GMT
Dozens of people are killed in a cattle raid in a remote herders' camp in South Sudan's northern Warrap state, local officials say. 
Injured Djokovic out for 'some time'  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:39:29 GMT
World number two Novak Djokovic says he needs to let his injured wrist heal after losing to Roger Federer in Monte Carlo. 
William and Kate at Easter service  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:20:17 GMT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend an Easter Sunday church service in Sydney and take Prince George to the zoo as part of their overseas tour. 
Colombia to honour Garcia Marquez  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:41:56 GMT
Colombia announces its own ceremony to honour author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who was cremated in Mexico, where he lived for more than 30 years. 
VIDEO: Prominent Pakistan journalist shot  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:36:54 GMT
Hamid Mir, one of Pakistan's most prominent television personalities, has been shot and wounded in the city of Karachi. 
VIDEO: Baby prince meets a Bilby at the zoo  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 06:51:06 GMT
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge continued their royal tour of Australia with a tour of Taronga Zoo accompanied by their son Prince George. 
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VIDEO: Christians mark Easter in tense Ukraine  Sun, 20 Apr 2014 07:03:23 GMT
Orthodox Christians in Ukraine are celebrating Easter although the situation in the country remains unstable.