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"What we become depends on what we read after all the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is the collection of books."

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VIDEO: Ghani on becoming Afghan president  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:28:59 GMT
Ashraf Ghani has said people in Afghanistan "demonstrated a remarkable will for wanting transformation" during this election. 
VIDEO: Climate change in global spotlight  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 08:36:18 GMT
Street protests demanding urgent action on climate change have attracted hundreds of thousands of marchers in more than 2,000 locations worldwide. 
VIDEO: Singing the Western Sahara blues  Sat, 20 Sep 2014 23:01:50 GMT
Aziza Brahim, a singer from the disputed territory of Western Sahara, uses haunting melodies to draw attention to the plight of her people. 
VIDEO: Prohibition plans for Kerala  Sun, 21 Sep 2014 06:42:32 GMT
The southern Indian state of Kerala has said it will ban the sale and consumption of alcohol to tackle the problem of excessive drinking. 
Row over Galapagos tortoise's body  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:33:11 GMT
A dispute has broken out between Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands over where the preserved body of a Galapagos giant tortoise should be housed. 
Go TV-free to fight fat, says NICE  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:55:54 GMT
Adults and children should consider having TV-free days or limiting viewing to two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity. 
Tesco fast-tracks new finance chief  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:08:19 GMT
Troubled supermarket giant Tesco says its new chief financial officer, Alan Stewart, is joining the company immediately, more than two months earlier than originally planned. 
Jimmy Choo to float shares in London  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 06:51:10 GMT
Designer shoe maker Jimmy Choo announces plans to list its shares on the London Stock Exchange. 
eBay criticised as hacks continue  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:58:27 GMT
Leading security researchers call on eBay to take immediate action over dangerous listings - as more security problems arise. 
Dotcom: Name was poison for NZ vote  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:41:24 GMT
Kim Dotcom, the technology millionaire accused of "massive" piracy, fails in his bid to gain political power in New Zealand. 
Lion King 'most successful show'  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:14:18 GMT
Musical The Lion King takes more money at the box office than any other stage show or cinema release. 
Downton Abbey return seen by 8.1m  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:09:09 GMT
The first episode of the fifth series of costume drama Downton Abbey is watched by an average audience of 8.1m on ITV. 
Liberia in 'trees for cash' deal  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:11:15 GMT
Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for cash from Norway. 
Brian Cox: 'Multiverse' makes sense  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 07:42:36 GMT
The presenter and physicist Brian Cox says he supports the idea that many universes may exist. 
Sierra Leone hails Ebola lockdown  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:11:02 GMT
Authorities in Sierra Leone say a three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak has been a success and will not be extended.