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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

 

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Ukraine 'slipping out of control'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:09:30 GMT
The Ukraine crisis is "slipping out of control", Germany's foreign minister warns as EU leaders prepare to discuss new sanctions against Russia. 
UK's terror threat level raised  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:04:29 GMT
The UK's terror threat level is raised from "substantial" to "severe" in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, the government announces. 
Test Ebola drug '100% effective'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:16 GMT
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection. 
Kurds 'take Iraq oilfields from IS'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:07:59 GMT
Kurdish forces say they have retaken oilfields near Mosul in north Iraq from Islamic State, but retreating militants blow up three installations. 
Iceland's volcano ash alert lifted  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:33:56 GMT
An eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened air travel has ended, local officials say. 
Cold War US spy dies in prison  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:17:59 GMT
A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77. 
IMF voices 'confidence' in Lagarde  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:08:23 GMT
The International Monetary Fund expresses confidence in its leader Christine Lagarde, despite her being formally investigated for negligence in France. 
Cave-in traps Nicaragua gold miners  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 22:14:57 GMT
Rescue workers in Nicaragua are trying to reach at least 24 workers trapped by a cave-in at a gold mine in the north of the country. 
Brazil's economy enters recession  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 13:54:17 GMT
A contraction of 0.6% in Brazil's economy between April and June, and a revision of the first quarter, has pushed the country into recession, latest figures show. 
US steps up sanctions over Iran  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:54:03 GMT
The US has imposed new sanctions on companies and individuals in connection with Iran's nuclear programme. 
MSN Messenger to end after 15 years  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:48:01 GMT
Microsoft's MSN Messenger will be switched off in China in October, bringing a final end to the 15-year-old service. 
Myanmar census shows 9m shortfall  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:42:33 GMT
The first national census since 1983 reveals that Myanmar has 9 million fewer people than the 60 million the government had estimated. 
VIDEO: 100-year-old tortoise is on the move  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 05:06:41 GMT
An extremely rare Galapagos tortoise thought to be 100 years old has been given a new home at a zoo in Ohio. 
VIDEO: Song of a four-storey 'earth harp'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:31:30 GMT
William Close is the inventor of the 'Earth Harp', a musical instrument which makes use of the architecture around it to create its sound. 
VIDEO: Brazil dismantles Amazon 'destroyers'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 03:22:05 GMT
Police in northern Brazil say they are in the process of dismantling one of the country's biggest environmental criminal gangs.