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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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Wreckage of Algeria plane 'found'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:45:51 GMT
The wreck of a plane that disappeared with 116 people on board on a flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers has been found in Mali, officials say. 
Gaza shelter attack 'kills 15'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:13:48 GMT
At least 15 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza came under fire, Gazan health officials say. 
UN sends 'unofficial' aid to Syria  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:39:20 GMT
The first UN aid shipment to Syria delivered without the consent of the government has arrived in the north of the country. 
Russia 'fired rockets into Ukraine'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:35:10 GMT
The US says Russia has fired artillery at Ukrainian military positions in the east, a week after the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 disaster. 
Amazon reports $126m quarterly loss  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:49:59 GMT
Amazon reports a loss of $126m in the second quarter and warns of slowing sales. 
Sudan 'apostasy' woman meets Pope  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:18:08 GMT
A Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam meets Pope Francis at the Vatican. 
Poland 'helped in CIA rendition'  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:53:28 GMT
Poland violated the human rights convention and helped the CIA's rendition of terror suspects, the European Court of Human Rights finds. 
US court dismisses Chiquita lawsuit  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:03:18 GMT
A US court dismisses a lawsuit against Chiquita brought by Colombians who accuse the banana grower of paying fighters who tortured their relatives. 
Ghana protests over rising prices  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:18:16 GMT
Thousands of workers across Ghana take to the streets to protest about the rise in the cost of living and call for petrol subsidies to be restored. 
Aruba detains top Venezuela official  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:55:13 GMT
The Caribbean island of Aruba has detained a top Venezuelan official, Gen Hugo Carvajal, sought in the US for drug trafficking offences. 
IMF lowers global growth forecast  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:50:10 GMT
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4% but the UK's forecast is raised. 
Google quizzed over deleted links  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:56:29 GMT
Watchdogs are told that Google has complied with more than 45,000 requests for links to be erased from its European search results. 
VIDEO: 'Cheesegrater' construction complete  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:23:33 GMT
Building work is completed on the tallest skyscraper in the City of London. 
VIDEO: Note found in World War One kilt  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:44:20 GMT
A hidden poem written by a Glasgow woman has been found sewn into the folds of a World War One kilt owned by a Southampton academic. 
VIDEO: Olympic cauldron secrets revealed  Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:11:00 GMT
The London 2012 Olympic Cauldron is going on display for the first time in a purpose-built gallery. 
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