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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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Ebola serum for Africa 'in weeks'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:59:34 GMT
Treatments to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa should become available in the coming weeks and months, says the World Health Organization. 
US probes 'stray Syria air drop'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:42:42 GMT
The US Pentagon says it is examining an Islamic State video appearing to show militants with a weapons bundle intended for Kurdish fighters. 
US editor Ben Bradlee dies at 93  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:03:30 GMT
Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during the Watergate scandal that toppled President Nixon, has died aged 93, the newspaper says. 
North Korea frees detained US man  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:59:19 GMT
Jeffrey Fowle, one of three US citizens held in North Korea, has been released and is on his way home, US officials say. 
DR Congo doctor wins Sakharov prize  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:52:24 GMT
A doctor from the Democratic Republic of Congo wins Europe's Sakharov human rights prize for helping thousands of gang rape victims. 
Infant bodies found in Canada locker  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 20:15:44 GMT
The bodies of up to four infants "of a very young age" have been found in a storage locker in Winnipeg, say police. 
Oscar Pistorius begins jail sentence  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:46:26 GMT
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 
US $7bn fails to stop opium growth  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:16:04 GMT
US counter-narcotics efforts costing $7.6bn fail to stop production of opium poppies in Afghanistan reaching an all-time high, a new report says. 
Canada seized car killer's passport  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:47:45 GMT
A man who struck two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one of them, had had his passport seized by police for suspected terror ties. 
Swedish bay search for 'foreign sub'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 14:03:27 GMT
Naval vessels scouring Swedish waters for a suspected foreign submarine focus on a bay near Stockholm on the fifth day of their search. 
'Negligence' behind Total boss death  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:45:09 GMT
Russian investigators say "criminal negligence" caused the crash that killed the boss of oil firm Total and the three crew members of his private jet. 
Designer Oscar de la Renta mourned  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:53:51 GMT
The Dominican Republic declares Wednesday an official day of mourning for Dominican-born fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who has died at 82. 
VIDEO: Paralysed man walks after cell surgery  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 22:27:42 GMT
A paralysed man has been able to walk again after a pioneering therapy that involved transplanting cells from his nasal cavity into his spinal cord. 
VIDEO: Pistorius: The unanswered questions  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 23:32:44 GMT
South African athlete Oscar Pistorius begins serving time in jail, after being sentenced for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. 
VIDEO: Ukraine separatists shun elections  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 00:06:02 GMT
Steve Rosenberg visits two cities in rebel held Ukraine which will be boycotting the forthcoming parliamentary elections. 
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