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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

Science chief warns on acid oceans  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:18:50 GMT
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions. 
EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:59:54 GMT
The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions. 
Ebola outbreak cases pass 10,000  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:00:39 GMT
The number of cases in the Ebola outbreak passes 10,000, with 4,922 deaths, the World Health Organization's latest report says. 
Cancer-killing cells made in the lab  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:27:46 GMT
Scientists from Harvard Medical School have discovered a way of turning stem cells into killing machines to fight brain cancer. 
Real Madrid 3-1 Barcelona  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:28:48 GMT
Real Madrid take the Clasico honours as they beat arch-rivals Barcelona in a captivating game at the Bernabeu. 
Pellegrini remains calm after defeat  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:39:02 GMT
Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini plays down the damage of a defeat at West Ham to his side's league title defence. 
The hardship posting to end all hardship postings  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:05:33 GMT
The furnace-like island that may have inspired an English idiom. 
Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:04:02 GMT
Followers of Jediism have tried to create a belief system that goes beyond the Star Wars films. Does it amount to a new 'religion'? 
Attacks 'threaten Egypt's existence'  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:03:52 GMT
Egypt faces an existential threat from jihadists, the president says, after at least 31 soldiers are killed in two attacks in the Sinai peninsula. 
Younus sets Pakistan century record  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 13:27:29 GMT
Younus Khan becomes Pakistan's highest Test century maker as they set Australia 438 to win the first Test in Dubai. 
Britain must pay EU bill, says MEP  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:05:03 GMT
The rest of Europe expects the UK to settle a £1.7bn EU budget demand "and that's that", a vice president of the European Parliament has said. 
Life terms for Argentina jail crimes  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:56:09 GMT
An Argentine ex-police chief and ex-interior minister are among 15 people given life sentences for involvement in a torture centre in the 1970s. 
Iran woman's hanging draws protests  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 16:19:36 GMT
Iran hangs a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her, drawing protests from human rights groups and western countries. 
Giants draw level in World Series  Sun, 26 Oct 2014 07:36:40 GMT
San Francisco Giants beat Kansas City Royals 11-4 in Game Four to level the best-of-seven World Series at 2-2. 
Inmate planned kidnap and escape  Sun, 26 Oct 2014 00:57:41 GMT
Detailed plans to kidnap a prison officer in a bid to escape from prison on the Isle of Wight were found in the cell of a Muslim inmate, the BBC has learned.