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"Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies."

—Romare Beardon

 

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VIDEO: Nepal trekking village Langtang wiped out  Mon, 04 May 2015 22:15:36 GMT
South Asia Correspondent Justin Rowlatt is the first reporter to visit what is thought to be the worst-affected village of Langtang. 
Italy approves major election reform  Mon, 04 May 2015 18:31:05 GMT
Italy's parliament approves a far-reaching electoral reform that aims to give the country greater political stability. 
Six bodies found in eastern Mexico  Mon, 04 May 2015 13:24:43 GMT
Mexican police find six bodies in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz which has been hit hard by drug-related violence. 
Suicide blast rocks central Damascus  Mon, 04 May 2015 15:28:47 GMT
A suicide bomber blows himself up in the centre of the Syrian capital, Damascus, in an attack apparently aimed at the army's logistics division. 
Canada contests war criminal's bail  Tue, 05 May 2015 00:41:04 GMT
The Canadian government tries to block the release of an ex-Guantanamo Bay inmate as he appeals against his war crimes conviction in a US court. 
Nationwide tours for party leaders  Tue, 05 May 2015 00:33:52 GMT
Party leaders embark on a campaigning marathon as the general election campaign enters its final two days before polling day. 
UK court launches video catch-up  Tue, 05 May 2015 00:23:01 GMT
Proceedings in the UK's Supreme Court can now be viewed online via an on-demand video archive, making hearings available to view for up to a year. 
Buoyancy aid trapped boat death girl  Mon, 04 May 2015 17:13:22 GMT
A girl who died in a speedboat accident was trapped under the vessel after her buoyancy aid snagged on part of the boat, say police. 
Labour 'considers Lib Dem coalition'  Mon, 04 May 2015 19:26:59 GMT
Senior Labour figures are considering the option of forming a minority coalition with the Liberal Democrats, reports the BBC's deputy political editor James Landale. 
Caravan, A Great British Love Story  Sun, 03 May 2015 20:42:12 GMT
The very British world of caravanning 
Week in pictures: 25 April-1 May 2015  Fri, 01 May 2015 13:42:24 GMT
A selection of the best news photographs from around the world, taken over the past week. 
In pictures: The Sim Project  Fri, 01 May 2015 02:37:50 GMT
Robotic patients helping doctors to learn 
Election 2015 in pictures: 1 May  Fri, 01 May 2015 13:25:21 GMT
Images from the campaign trail: 1 May 
In pictures: Clandon Park House fire  Thu, 30 Apr 2015 15:35:44 GMT
Images of the aftermath of a fire at Grade I listed Clandon Park House. 
Vietnam War by Associated Press photographers  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 21:22:17 GMT
AP photographers mark 40th anniversary of fall of Saigon