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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

Kepler sees world with distant orbit  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:04:54 GMT
The Kepler Space Telescope has spotted a distant world with the longest year of any planet in the mission's inventory. 
'Large gene find in schizophrenia'  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:48:33 GMT
In the largest ever genetic study of the disease, scientists have discovered some 80 genes which could leave people at higher risk of schizophrenia. 
'Exciting' drug flushes out HIV  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 04:31:12 GMT
Scientists say they have made an "exciting" step towards curing HIV by forcing the virus out of its hiding places in the body. 
Boxer Evans out of Glasgow Games  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:51:57 GMT
Olympic silver medallist Fred Evans is out of Glasgow 2014 after being refused accreditation in another major setback for Team Wales. 
Real Madrid seal £71m Rodriguez deal  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:47:01 GMT
Real Madrid sign World Cup Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez from Monaco for a fee that could rise to £71m. 
Seeing a doctor for the first time in seven years  Sun, 20 Jul 2014 23:03:42 GMT
Healthcare reform is President Obama's signature piece of domestic legislation, and also his most controversial - but quietly, millions are signing up. 
The beaches where Lego keeps washing up  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 00:12:42 GMT
A container filled with Lego fell into the sea in 1997. The pieces are still turning up today. 
Attack on Congo barracks 'repulsed'  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:20:51 GMT
An attack on the military barracks of the presidential guards in Kinshasa has been repulsed, the DR Congo government says. 
Ukraine rebels give up 'black boxes'  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 06:44:14 GMT
Rebels in eastern Ukraine have handed over two flight-data recorders from the downed MH17 plane to Malaysian officials. 
PSG punished for abuse of disabled fans  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:52:22 GMT
Paris St-Germain must close some of their stadium for a match after their fans' behaviour to disabled Chelsea supporters. 
China signs Venezuela oil deal  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:44:39 GMT
Chinese President Xi Jinping has signed an oil deal with Venezuela, as part of a four-day tour of Latin America. 
Iraq monastery 'seized by militants'  Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:25:38 GMT
Islamist militants who control the Iraqi city of Mosul are reported to have seized a nearby ancient monastery and ordered the monks to leave. 
Texas deploys troops to US border  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:09:32 GMT
Texas Governor Rick Perry orders 1,000 troops to the US border with Mexico, saying the federal government had failed to secure it. 
UK experts to retrieve MH17 data  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:23:33 GMT
British air accident investigators will retrieve data from the black boxes of crashed flight MH17, says Prime Minister David Cameron. 
'Disturbing' Trojan inquiry findings  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:49:45 GMT
Nicky Morgan, the new education secretary, warns of evidence of intolerance as the government's Trojan horse report is published.