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"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunites for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults."

—Eric Hoffer (1902-83) American philosopher


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VIDEO: California church destroyed in wildfires  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:05:36 GMT
Two wildfires in California have forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, including in the town of Weed. 
VIDEO: Clashes in Brazil following eviction  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:49 GMT
There have been clashes in Brazil's largest city Sao Paulo following the eviction of 200 families occupying an old hotel in the city. 
VIDEO: Controlled explosion on US bridge  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:59:08 GMT
Part of a bridge has been demolished near Paducah in Kentucky, in the US. 
VIDEO: Surviving childhood in Malawi  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:13:57 GMT
Fergus Walsh reports from Malawi on how the country has worked to reduce infant mortality. 
Files reveal WW2 secret 'Agent Fifi'  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:30:05 GMT
World War Two records reveal the existence of a glamorous female secret agent whose job was to see if other agents could keep their mouths shut. 
US waists 'grow an inch in a decade'  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:29:25 GMT
Girths are continuing to expand in the US, despite obesity appearing to be reaching a plateau, data suggests. 
Sony predicts increased losses  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:34:04 GMT
Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony says its annual loss may be more than four times bigger than initially forecast, due to its struggling mobile business. 
Eurozone inflation revised to 0.4%  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 11:12:39 GMT
The eurozone inflation rate held steady at 0.4% in August, slightly higher than the original estimate of 0.3%, revised Eurostat figures show. 
Giant sensor for Panasonic phone  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:12 GMT
Panasonic unveils a hybrid smartphone-camera, at the Photokina trade show in Cologne. 
Judge overturns Uber ban in Germany  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:50:41 GMT
A German judge has overturned a temporary injunction which banned Uber from operating one of its services in the country. 
Easy Rider chopper goes under hammer  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:12:50 GMT
The customised chopper Peter Fonda rode in 1969 film Easy Rider is expected to fetch more than $1 million (£613,000) when it goes up for auction next month. 
Huston set to star in Ben-Hur remake  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:12:39 GMT
British actor Jack Huston is expected to take the lead role in a remake of 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to reports from Hollywood. 
Nasa picks astronaut ship designs  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:42:09 GMT
The US space agency picks the companies it hopes can take the country's astronauts back into space - a capability lost when the shuttles retired in 2011. 
Ebola vaccine trial begins  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:04:45 GMT
A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus is to begin in Oxford. 
Call for further cut in sugar intake  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:36:50 GMT
The target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.