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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 13:00:16 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: US jet in emergency landing  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:12:04 GMT
A JetBlue airlines A-320 flying over California has been forced to make an emergency landing when an engine problem caused smoke to enter the aircraft's cabin. 
VIDEO: Obama: We must stop sexual assault  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 21:36:05 GMT
US President Barack Obama launches the new 'It's on Us' campaign, which aims to prevent sexual assault at American universities. 
VIDEO: Hiding currency in the Dark Wallet  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:47:11 GMT
The developer behind the new Bitcoin tech on the fears it will hide criminal activity. 
VIDEO: California 'King fire' doubles in size  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:31:41 GMT
Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes in northern California after a wildfire burning out of control doubled in size in just 12 hours. 
VIDEO: Cheetah cubs unveiled in San Diego  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:00:27 GMT
A pair of three-week-old cheetah cubs are unveiled at San Diego Zoo's Safari Park. 
VIDEO: First buyer drops brand-new iPhone 6  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:15:41 GMT
The first person to buy the iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia, dropped his new gadget during an interview with a TV reporter. 
Alibaba shares surge on NY debut  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:31:24 GMT
Alibaba's shares closed significantly above their initial price on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday, a sign of the excitement surrounding the Chinese internet giant. 
Shares rise in London on 'No' vote  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:05:06 GMT
Shares rise in London after Scotland rejects independence, as a rally in the pound fades. 
eBay flaw has existed for months  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:38:46 GMT
A dangerous flaw that has exposed eBay customers to malicious websites has been affecting the site since at least February, the BBC has found. 
Google, Apple to encrypt by default  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:55:04 GMT
Google and Apple commit to encrypting users' data by default, to protect against hackers and the requests of law enforcement agencies. 
Fund celebrates WB Yeats anniversary  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 09:14:21 GMT
The Irish government allocates 500,000 euros to celebrate the work of WB Yeats. 
Ukraine exits next year's Eurovision  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:32:38 GMT
Ukraine announces it will not take part in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest due to financial constraints. 
'Artificial eye' to detect particles  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:12:25 GMT
The human eye has inspired physicists to create a processor that can analyse particle collisions 400 times faster than currently possible. 
Forest land rights need global focus  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 00:21:47 GMT
Recognising the land rights of local people could provide cost-effective protection for many of the world's tropical forests, a report says.