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"Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin."

—Quentin Crisp (b. 1908) British author

 

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Putin seeks to ease economic fears  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:32:43 GMT
President Vladimir Putin seeks to ease fears over Russia's economy, insisting that the dramatic fall in the rouble will stabilise. 
Sony hack is 'US security issue'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:04:14 GMT
The cyber attack on Sony that forced a major film release to be pulled is being viewed as a national security matter, the White House says. 
US Congress threat to Cuba thaw  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:55:31 GMT
Opponents of President Barack Obama's new Cuba policy threaten to block his efforts to restore diplomatic relations after 50 years of hostility. 
'200 villagers' kidnapped in Nigeria  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:47:28 GMT
Militants storm a remote village in north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 33 people and kidnapping about 200, a survivor tells the BBC. 
Obesity 'could be a disability' - EU  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:26:29 GMT
Obesity can constitute a disability if the health effects have an impact on people's working lives, the European Court of Justice rules. 
UN seeks North Korea ICC charges  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:59:59 GMT
The UN General Assembly calls for North Korea to be referred to the International Criminal Court to face charges of crimes against humanity. 
Swiss interest rate to turn negative  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:57:25 GMT
Switzerland's National Bank says it will introduce in a negative interest rate on cash deposits of more than $10m. 
Pakistan bails Mumbai attack suspect  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:12:42 GMT
A man accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which left 165 people dead. is granted bail by a court in Pakistan. 
Kenyan MPs brawl over security bill  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:03:47 GMT
Kenyan MPs trade blows and the deputy speaker has water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approves changes to a tough new security bill. 
Wilders faces charges of incitement  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:51:11 GMT
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders is to be tried on charges of inciting racial hatred against Moroccans in a speech, the authorities say. 
US boy's 1944 conviction overturned  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 10:13:33 GMT
A judge has overturned the conviction of a 14-year-old black boy sent to the electric chair for murder more than 70 years ago. 
Italian film star Lisi dies aged 78  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:44:59 GMT
Italian screen actress Virna Lisi, famed in the 1960s for appearing opposite stars including Frank Sinatra, dies at the age of 78. 
VIDEO: Pakistan principal 'chose to stay'  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:08:12 GMT
The son of the principal who died in the Pakistan school attack says Taliban militants had made a number of threats against the army-run school. 
VIDEO: Sony scraps The Interview worldwide  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 19:29:33 GMT
Sony Pictures has cancelled the release of its upcoming film The Interview, a comedy about a plot to assassinate the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-Un. 
VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 01:09:41 GMT
As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.