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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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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:07:40 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: £3bn to fix crumbling Westminster  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:17:00 GMT
Taxpayers may have to spend more than £3bn to stop the Palace of Westminster turning into an unusable "ruin", the BBC has learned. 
VIDEO: Twitter co-founder defends application  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:18:51 GMT
The chairman and co-founder of Twitter is in London for the global launch of his new company 'Square'. 
VIDEO: The Bristol bus powered by poo  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:42 GMT
Britain's first Bio-Bus, nicknamed "the number two," powered by human and food waste has taken to the roads in Bristol. 
VIDEO: Police raid Japan widow's home  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:08:27 GMT
Police in Japan have raided the homes of a 67-year-old Japanese woman arrested on suspicion of poisoning her husband, as details of six former partners' deaths emerge in local media. 
Military force: Not the way to win?  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:18:04 GMT
The nature of war has changed, says Jonathan Marcus, and military might is no longer a guarantee of success. 
Did Obama deliver for Hispanics?  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:40:36 GMT
President Obama's immigration speech was a long-awaited moments for the United States' large Hispanic community. But it's what comes next that will matter most. 
Bahrain: Will polls fuel unrest?  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:34:05 GMT
The people of the island kingdom of Bahrain go to the polls on 22 November in the first general election since the Arab Spring protests of 2011. 
VIDEO: 15 secs: How to block spying  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:56:22 GMT
Human rights group Amnesty International has released software to stop governments learning secrets from your computer. 
VIDEO: Ferguson decision: A timeline of events  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:24:02 GMT
Protesters and police in Ferguson are all part of a tense waiting game, wondering if a police officer will be indicted for the death of Michael Brown. A look at the events that lead to these circumstances 
VIDEO: Kim Kardashian's bottom: Work of art?  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:11:01 GMT
Will Gompertz looks at whether an "artistic statue" of Kim Karsdashian's bottom would be art or not 
Indonesian president flies economy  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:55:10 GMT
Indonesia's new President Joko Widodo takes an economy-class seat on the national carrier to go to Singapore for his son's high-school graduation. 
US stocks boosted by China rate cut  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:32:52 GMT
US stocks close at yet another record high after China announced a surprise rate cut and the head of the European Central Bank hinted at further stimulus action. 
Delta swaps Boeings for Airbus jets  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:03:57 GMT
American airline Delta replaces its old Boeing planes in a $14bn order for 50 Airbus wide-body jets powered by Rolls Royce engines 
Police make computer hijack arrests  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:21:26 GMT
Fifteen people have been arrested, including four in the UK, in connection with the hijacking of computers.