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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

 

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'Many exposed' to Mali Ebola girl  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:04:37 GMT
The authorities in Mali confirm the death of the country's first Ebola patient, a two-year-old girl, and say many people were exposed to her. 
Iran hangs woman despite campaign  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:10:06 GMT
Iran defies an international campaign and hangs a woman who killed a man she said was trying to sexually abuse her. 
Google boss sets new skydive record  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:35:51 GMT
Google executive Alan Eustace breaks the world altitude record for a parachute jump set two years ago by Felix Baumgartner. 
State of emergency imposed in Sinai  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:58:40 GMT
Egypt declares a three-month state of emergency in parts of the Sinai Peninsula after two attacks there killed at least 31 soldiers. 
NY axe attack 'was terrorist act'  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 05:40:48 GMT
Police in New York say an axe attack on two officers was a terrorist act carried out by a radicalised Muslim convert. 
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. 
Malaysia envoy appears in NZ court  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 03:47:11 GMT
A Malaysian diplomat appears briefly in court on charges of attempted rape in the New Zealand city of Wellington after being extradited. 
US judge sentences Farc commander  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:38:50 GMT
A US judge has sentenced an ex-Colombian rebel to 27 years in prison for his role in the kidnapping of three American citizens in 2003. 
Russia 'helped Yanukovych to flee'  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:01:04 GMT
Vladimir Putin says for the first time that Russia helped Ukraine's ex-President Viktor Yanukovych to flee after he was ousted in February. 
One killed in US school shooting  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:27:29 GMT
One person was shot dead and four students wounded in a school by a student who then took his own life, police in the US state of Washington say. 
Puffer fish poisons 11 in Brazil  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:32:26 GMT
Eleven people fell seriously ill in Brazil after eating a deadly puffer fish for lunch, it was reported. 
US golf boss sacked in Poulter row  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:10:34 GMT
Ted Bishop, president of the PGA of America, is sacked after calling Ian Poulter a "little girl" on social media. 
VIDEO: Brazil's 'tightest' presidential vote  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:21:16 GMT
Sunday's presidential run-off vote in Brazil is too close to call and the election battle has centred on the pivotal home state of both candidates, Minas Gerais. 
VIDEO: Security for polio workers in Pakistan  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:27:22 GMT
The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years. 
VIDEO: Sargy Mann: Painting with inner vision  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:38:20 GMT
Artist Sargy Mann has been registered blind for 25 years. His paintings are highly acclaimed and sought-after.