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"In the dark colony of night, when I consider man's magnificent capacity for malice, madness, folly, envy, rage, and destructiveness, and I wonder whether we shall not end up as breakfast for newts and polyps, I seem to hear the muffled cries of all the words in all the books with covers closed."

—Leo C. Rosten

 

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Foreign doctors 'need tougher tests'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:03:35 GMT
Tests taken by foreign doctors who want to work in the NHS should be made harder to pass to bring them in line with UK standards, a study says. 
Sensors to prevent pain for amputees  Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:41:59 GMT
Researchers have developed a new type of pressure sensor - dubbed a "second skin" - which they say could prevent dangerous sores. 
Moores to be new England coach  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:09:19 GMT
Peter Moores is to be named England coach for a second time, BBC Sport understands. 
The spooky world of the 'numbers stations'  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:27:32 GMT
This is the era of hyper-tech espionage, encrypted emails and mindboggling cryptography. But you can hear a very old-fashioned form of espionage on shortwave radio. 
Should drug firms make payments to doctors?  Wed, 16 Apr 2014 23:46:27 GMT
Critics have blamed payments by drugs firms to US doctors for encouraging risky and wasteful prescription habits. What difference have payments made, and will forcing companies to disclose them help? 
ICC calls Kenya Ruto trial witnesses  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:22:12 GMT
The International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague summons reluctant witnesses to testify at the trial of Kenya's Vice-President William Ruto. 
Japan to launch Pacific whale hunt  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:32:09 GMT
Japan says it will catch fewer whales in the Pacific this year after a court banned its whaling off Antarctica. 
Top aide to French president resigns  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 12:51:40 GMT
A close aide to French President Francois Hollande resigns following allegations he had a conflict of interest in a previous post. 
Brazilian police end strike over pay  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:53:14 GMT
Police in the state of Bahia in Brazil vote to end a two-day strike which prompted the deployment of federal troops to restore order on the streets. 
US freeing Iran funds as deal 'kept'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 09:30:38 GMT
The United States is to release frozen Iranian funds, saying Tehran has kept commitments made under an interim deal over its nuclear programme. 
US 'delays' Keystone XL decision  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:20:31 GMT
The US state department gives federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL oil pipeline before determining whether to issue a permit. 
Republican shot dead in west Belfast  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:46:00 GMT
A prominent dissident republican, Tommy Crossan, has been shot dead in west Belfast. 
Boy in hospital with severe burns  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:52:42 GMT
A seven-year-old boy is taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary after an incident involving petrol left him with severe burns. 
British teenager killed in Syria  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:41:24 GMT
A British teenager who "died in battle" in Syria is described as a "martyr" by his father. 
Man killed as pleasure boat capsizes  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:09:43 GMT
One man dies and another is in hospital after a boat capsizes in a river estuary in Devon. 
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