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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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'Millions of Ebola vaccines' in 2015 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:57:25 GMT 
    Millions of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines will be produced by the end of 2015, the World Health Organization has announced.


PM: I won't meet £1.7bn EU demand 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:41:10 GMT 
    David Cameron insists the UK will not pay £1.7bn demanded by the EU by 1 December - but Jose Manuel Barroso says it should not have come as a surprise.


Egypt: Sinai 'bomb' kills 25 troops 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:44:24 GMT 
    A suspected jihadist car bomb attack kills at least 25 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai, Egyptian officials say, in one of deadliest incidents there.


Russia 'helped Yanukovych to flee' 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:02:21 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.


Detained Myanmar reporter shot dead 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:12:51 GMT 
    A Burmese journalist taken into detention while covering clashes near the Thai border is shot dead while trying to escape, the army says.


Tunis 'militant hideout' stormed 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:29:34 GMT 
    Tunisian security forces storm a house in a Tunis suburb to end a stand-off with armed militants, killing six people, officials say.


Canada attack 'not linked to IS' 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:27:37 GMT 
    Canada's foreign minister tells the BBC there is no evidence so far that the man behind gun attacks in Ottawa was linked to Middle Eastern jihadists.


NY axe attack: Islamist link probed 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:09:33 GMT 
    Police in New York investigate whether a man who attacked two officers with an axe before being shot dead was linked to Islamist extremism.


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.


The Queen sends her first tweet 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:51:47 GMT 
    The Queen sends her first tweet to launch the London Science Museum's ambitious new Information Age gallery.


First transplant of 'dead' heart 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:25 GMT 
    Surgeons in Australia say they have performed the first heart transplant using a "dead heart".


Serbia awarded 3-0 Albania walkover 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:16:41 GMT 
    Serbia are awarded a 3-0 walkover against Albania after their Euro 2016 qualifier was abandoned but lose three points.


VIDEO: Art on motorbikes in Kampala 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:19:26 GMT 
    Artists in Uganda are using motorbikes to carry and display street art installations as part of the Kampala Contemporary Art Festival.


VIDEO: Exhibition on a changing Afghanistan 
  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:45:29 GMT 
    The Imperial War Museum's latest exhibition focuses on Afghanistan as British troops prepare to leave.


VIDEO: The Queen sends her first tweet 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:05:08 GMT 
    The Queen's has sent her first tweet - sent through the @BritishMonarchy account - heralding the launch of a major new exhibition at London's Science Museum.
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