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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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Test Ebola drug '100% effective'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:16 GMT
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection. 
Plain packs 'no illegal smoking link'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:15:39 GMT
A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes. 
Man Utd agree to sign Falcao on loan  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:14:33 GMT
Manchester United agree to sign Colombia international striker Radamel Falcao on loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco. 
Hernandez joins Real Madrid on loan  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 13:23:33 GMT
Manchester United's Mexican striker Javier Hernandez joins Champions League winners Real Madrid on a season-long loan. 
Why Orwell was a literary mediocrity  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:40:17 GMT
George Orwell was a literary mediocrity and his views on the importance of plain writing are plain wrong, argues writer Will Self. 
Why I stopped wearing the headscarf  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 23:36:59 GMT
A woman's headscarf is a garment which is heavy in symbolism in Islamic countries but recently I decided to take mine off. I am still Muslim - just not so visibly. 
Kenya targeting 'ghost workers'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:44:00 GMT
Kenya's President Kenyatta launches the biometric registration of civil servants in an attempt to remove "ghost workers" from the government's payroll. 
Official heckled amid HK poll anger  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:24:23 GMT
Hong Kong pro-democracy activists disrupt a speech by a Beijing official, a day after China ruled out a direct leadership election in 2017. 
Nato plans rapid response force  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:28:51 GMT
Nato is to approve a rapid response force at a summit in Wales this week to deter any Russian threat to Eastern European members, the alliance's chief says. 
Cuba introduces new customs limits  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 01:37:06 GMT
Cuba restricts the amount of foreign goods that travellers can bring into the country, where locally-made items are scarce and expensive. 
Libya militias 'seize ministries'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 14:06:17 GMT
Libya's militias capture most government ministries in the capital, Tripoli, the government says, as the prime minister is reappointed. 
Joan Rivers' family remain hopeful  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 15:02:35 GMT
The daughter of comedian and TV presenter Joan Rivers says they have their "fingers crossed" as she recovers in hospital from a cardiac arrest. 
British Ebola patient 'pretty well'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 16:41:03 GMT
The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well. 
Boris Island airport plan 'rejected'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 18:23:11 GMT
A plan for an island airport in the Thames Estuary, dubbed "Boris Island", looks set to be shelved, the BBC understands. 
Abuse researcher 'faced hostility'  Mon, 01 Sep 2014 17:00:14 GMT
A Home Office researcher who wrote a report on sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham in 2002 tells BBC Panorama she faced 'hostility' from the council.