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—Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American writer known for free verse, Smoke and Steel


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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:57:39 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
AUDIO: David Hockney: 'Bohemia has gone'  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:13:12 GMT
Artist David Hockney, 77, has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he is working harder than ever from his home in Los Angeles. 
VIDEO: China web 'connected but controlled'  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:50:59 GMT
China'’s global internet conference is part of a move towards playing a bigger role in influencing international cyberspace. 
VIDEO: Catholics 'de-baptise' to hit Vatican  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 06:44:51 GMT
Relations between the Church and State have always been a thorny issue in Italian politics - and they have not got any easier during the economic slowdown. 
VIDEO: China's internet curbs in 60 seconds  Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:14:49 GMT
China has been criticised over its tight internet controls, but that has not stopped the country from holding its first world internet conference. 
Still searching for a cure for Libya  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:15:26 GMT
Libya has yet to recover from the disease of Gaddafi, says James Robbins, and it is difficult to be optimistic about the future. 
Has China overcome its web paranoia?  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:33:43 GMT
Will hosting the World Internet Conference finally allow China to overcome its paranoia over the internet? The BBC's Carrie Gracie travels to Wuzhen to find out. 
VIDEO: Is Ukraine on verge of another war?  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:55:58 GMT
BBC News analyses the prospect of a return to full-scale war in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels control broad swathes of territory and a fragile ceasefire could end at any time. 
Picture power: Bird flu  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:38:24 GMT
Reuters photographer tells the story behind his picture of a cull at a farm in Nafferton following the discovery of bird flu. 
Feminist Hacker Barbie  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:25:22 GMT
#FeministHackerBarbie trends on Twitter, as internet users create a web app to edit the pages of a controversial Barbie book 
UK's first 'poo bus' starts running  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:11:42 GMT
The UK's first bus powered entirely by human and food waste goes into service between Bristol and Bath. 
UK drops EU bankers' pay challenge  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 22:45:53 GMT
In a surprise move, the UK government has withdrawn its legal challenge to EU legislation that caps the level of bankers' bonuses. 
Sotheby's chief executive steps down  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:14:16 GMT
The chief executive of renowned auction house Sotheby's, William Ruprecht, is stepping down after 14 years at the helm. 
Russian site lists breached webcams  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:21:37 GMT
Data privacy watchdogs are warning the public about a Russian website that provides links to breached webcams, baby monitors and CCTV feeds. 
'Poorest of poor' test talking tech  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:22:18 GMT
A charity is to give away 2,000 Talking Book audio computers to some of Ghana's poorest communities after securing funds from Unicef and ARM.