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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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Migrant deaths renew pressure on EU  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:26:18 GMT
Italy's PM leads calls for more EU action on migrants after the latest boat capsize in the Mediterranean leaves hundreds feared dead. 
Hundreds held over S Africa violence  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:46:10 GMT
More than 300 people have been arrested in South Africa in connection with the wave of violence against immigrants, the home affairs minister says. 
Poland fury at FBI Holocaust comment  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:17:21 GMT
Poland summons the US ambassador and demands an apology over comments on the Holocaust by FBI director James Comey. 
Turin Shroud goes back on display  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:35:14 GMT
The Turin Shroud, which some believe to be the burial cloth of Jesus Christ, returns to public display in Italy after a break of five years. 
IS releases new 'killing' video  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:39:29 GMT
Islamic State militants release a video purportedly showing the killing of up to 30 Ethiopian Christians seized in Libya. 
Finnish PM Stubb concedes defeat  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 21:41:59 GMT
Finnish PM Alexander Stubb concedes his conservatives have lost the general election to the main opposition Centre Party. 
Eight killed at Brazil football club  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:33:41 GMT
Eight men are shot dead at a football fan club in Sao Paulo, Brazil, in what police believe may be a drug related attack. 
Affleck wanted slaver ancestor hidden  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:25:22 GMT
After a TV programme discovered Ben Affleck had a slave-owning ancestor, the actor asked for the details not to be broadcast. 
Kim Jong-Un 'climbs N Korean mountain'  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:45:10 GMT
State-run media claims North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has scaled the country's highest mountain. 
VIDEO: 'Migrants cross vast stretch of sea'  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 15:26:59 GMT
Richard Bilton, on a boat south of the Italian island of Lampedusa, explains the scale of the journey that migrants face as they attempt to cross the Mediterranean. 
VIDEO: Italian PM condemns 'new slave trade'  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:41:23 GMT
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi says the trafficking of migrants across the Med amounts to "a new slave trade". 
VIDEO: Hundreds join S Africa peace march  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:31:07 GMT
A march in protest at violence against immigrants from other African nations is held in South Africa. 
VIDEO: Fighting IS with comic strips  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:01:50 GMT
Jordanian entrepreneur Suleiman Bakhit produces superhero comic books for the Arab youth, to counter radical Islamist ideologies. 
VIDEO: Is Bulgaria Europe's Silicon Valley?  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:01:23 GMT
In a series looking at the challenges facing Europe, BBC News meets a Bulgarian IT entrepreneur. 
VIDEO: Injured vet on world's toughest race  Sun, 19 Apr 2015 23:02:28 GMT
Former British Army captain Ibrar Ali did six marathons in six days across the Sahara desert. 
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