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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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Deadly violence in Gaza and Israel 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:54:59 GMT 
    Gaza and southern Israel see an upsurge in violence despite a plea by the UN secretary general for a cessation of hostilities.

MH17 jet 'downed by shrapnel' 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:02:19 GMT 
    Security officials in Ukraine say the Malaysia Airlines jet downed in eastern Ukraine suffered an explosive loss of pressure caused by missile shrapnel.

Tripoli fuel fire 'out of control' 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:12:03 GMT 
    A second fuel tank at Libya's biggest fuel storage facility is in flames as the government requests international assistance to contain the huge blaze.

Russia to appeal $50bn Yukos payout 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:30:51 GMT 
    Russia will appeal a court decision ordering it to pay the biggest compensation package to date, amounting to $50bn (£29.5bn) in damages.

AH5017 pilots 'asked to turn back' 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:29:31 GMT 
    French foreign minister reveals that the pilots of Air Algerie flight AH5017 requested to return to Burkina Faso after hitting bad weather.

Ferry students 'floated from cabins' 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:19:55 GMT 
    Students who survived South Korea's ferry disaster describe how they floated out of flooded cabins, as the trial of the crew continues.

Russia offers $110,000 Tor bounty 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:15:09 GMT 
    Russia offers 3.9m roubles ($110,000; £65,000) in a contest for ways to crack the identities of users of the Tor network.

Emirates to stop flying over Iraq 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:24:08 GMT 
    Emirates Airline will stop flying over Iraq to protect its passengers from the threat of Islamic militants on the ground, according to reports.

Nigerian state bans cars during Eid 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 13:42:28 GMT 
    Vehicles in Nigeria's north-eastern Borno state are banned for three days during Eid festivities because of fears of a Boko Haram attack.

Liberia shuts borders to curb Ebola 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:50 GMT 
    Most border crossings in Liberia are closed and communities hit by an Ebola outbreak face quarantine to stop the virus spreading.

Beauty spots still at fracking 'risk' 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:15:09 GMT 
    Government guidance that fracking licences can only be issued for beauty spots in "exceptional circumstances" receives a mixed response from campaigners.

Burma Top Gear breached Ofcom rules 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:00:36 GMT 
    Top Gear's Burma special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial term broke broadcasting guidelines, Ofcom rules.

VIDEO: Dog friendly buses in Hong Kong 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 23:58:10 GMT 
    A new bus service has been launched in Hong Kong for pet lovers.

VIDEO: One-minute World News 
  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:37:27 GMT 
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VIDEO: Quick-thinking mother saves baby 
  Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:33:56 GMT 
    A woman and her baby had a lucky escape, when they narrowly avoided being involved in a car accident in San Francisco.
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