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"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed."

—Leo C. Rosten

 

World News From BBC

Ukraine rebels to get self-rule  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:52:19 GMT
Ukrainian MPs adopt a law granting special status to rebel-controlled regions in the east and an amnesty for rebel fighters. 
UN calls for $1bn to fight Ebola  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:36:45 GMT
The UN says it needs $1bn to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, described as "unparalleled in modern times". 
Campaigns seize on Scotland pledge  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:43:20 GMT
The pro-independence camp in Scotland calls a devolution pledge by the main UK parties an "insult" while pro-union campaigners hail it as a "vision". 
First US strike under new IS plan  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:02:16 GMT
The US carries out an air strike in support of Iraqi troops under attack by Islamic State, the military says, the first under an expanded mission. 
Deadly shooting at Copenhagen court  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:53:16 GMT
One person has been shot dead and another wounded at a court building in Copenhagen, Danish police say. 
CCTV released in Thai murder hunt  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:29:13 GMT
The families of two murdered Britons in Thailand pay tribute as police hunting for suspects release CCTV images. 
Climate change remedies 'affordable'  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:57:55 GMT
A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk. 
Thai woman in crocodile pit suicide  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:15:19 GMT
A 65-year-old woman from Bangkok has killed herself by jumping into a pit of crocodiles at a reptile farm, police say. 
Police to probe actress handcuffing  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:57:53 GMT
Police in Los Angeles are conducting an internal investigation over accusations officers violated a US actress's rights by handcuffing and detaining her. 
Nato troops killed in Kabul bombing  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:12:02 GMT
A Taliban suicide car bomber attacks a foreign military convoy in the Afghan capital, Kabul, killing three Nato soldiers and injuring at least 16 civilians. 
Radisson halts Vikings sponsorship  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:36:59 GMT
Hotel chain Radisson suspends its sponsorship of NFL team Minnesota Vikings after one of their players was charged with child abuse. 
French PM faces confidence vote  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:16:36 GMT
Prime Minister Manuel Valls will try to persuade France's National Assembly to back his deeply unpopular government, in a key vote of confidence. 
VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:10:26 GMT
Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas. 
VIDEO: Kashmir floods leave thousands stranded  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:55:34 GMT
Thousands of people are still thought to be stranded in Indian administered Kashmir nearly two weeks after devastating floods there. 
VIDEO: Dr Edhi: A life helping Pakistan's poor  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:06:37 GMT
Sixty years ago, Abdul Sattar Edhi gave up everything to start a charitable organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of the poor in Pakistan.