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—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) German writer, scientist, master of poetry, drama and novel
- Israel and Hamas agree new truce Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:22:59 GMT
- Israel and Hamas agree to an unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire to begin on Friday morning, after 24 days of fighting between the two sides.
- Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 22 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 00:39:02 GMT
- A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 22 people and injures more than 200 others.
- Sudan 'apostasy' woman arrives in US Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:51:57 GMT
- A Sudanese woman who fled to Italy after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US.
- Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse' Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:07:45 GMT
- A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states.
- US ex-governor's wife 'sought gifts' Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:27:27 GMT
- The star witness in the corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell says the ex-first lady sought gifts in return for business help.
- WHO sounds alarm over W Africa Ebola Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:49:24 GMT
- The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak are to announce a joint $100m response plan.
- China manufacturing growth speeds up Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:40:14 GMT
- China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising.
- Forensic scientists reach MH17 site Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:28:35 GMT
- International forensic scientists reach the site of the flight MH17 crash in east Ukraine after the government halts military operations for a day.
- Argentina blames US for debt default Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:50:43 GMT
- Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".
- Make-up 'godfather' Dick Smith dies Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:14:02 GMT
- Oscar-winning make-up artist Dick Smith, who memorably transformed Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone in The Godfather, has died aged 92.
- Giraffe dies after 'hitting bridge' Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:31:37 GMT
- South Africa's animal rights body is probing the death of a giraffe that reportedly hit its head on a bridge as it was being transported on a motorway.
- VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:43 GMT
- A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.
- VIDEO: Mysterious miracle? Crop circle draws crowds Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:33:01 GMT
- A giant crop circle which apparently appeared out of nowhere, has drawn crowds of people to a farmer's field in Bavaria, southern Germany.
- VIDEO: Underwater art exhibition in Italy Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:53:54 GMT
- An exhibition of photographs is taking place underwater off an Italian island.
- VIDEO: One-minute World News Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:08:08 GMT
- Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.