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—William Hazlitt (1778-1830) British essayist noted for literary criticism

 

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India minister vows rape film probe  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:50:24 GMT
India's home minister promises an inquiry into how a TV crew was allowed to interview a death-row prisoner convicted over the Delhi 2012 gang rape and murder. 
Obama dismisses Netanyahu speech  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:26:01 GMT
US President Barack Obama reacts scathingly to a speech by Israel's prime minister, saying it offers no viable alternative to his Iran policy. 
Ukraine coal mine blast 'kills 33'  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:37:29 GMT
A suspected gas blast at a coal mine in a rebel-held region of eastern Ukraine kills 33 people and traps about 30, a rebel official tells BBC News. 
Boston Marathon bomb trial to begin  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:51:56 GMT
The trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of the Boston Marathon bombing two years ago, opens in the city shortly after exhaustive jury selection. 
Putin urges end to political murders  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:01:06 GMT
Russia's President Vladimir Putin demands an end to "shameful" political killings in Russia, after the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov. 
Australian pair moved for execution  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:54:03 GMT
Two members of the Bali Nine Australian drug smuggling ring are moved to the Indonesian island where they and other foreigners face execution. 
New wave of Paris drone alerts  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:41:54 GMT
Ten more drones are spotted flying over Paris and reports say police are searching for four men after a chase in the east of the city. 
Royal hoax station committed crime  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 02:11:19 GMT
A radio station broke the law by broadcasting a hoax call with a nurse caring for the Duchess of Cambridge, Australia's high court rules. 
Brazil in huge ‘oil kickback’ probe  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:33:20 GMT
Brazil's chief prosecutor seeks to investigate 54 people, including politicians, for alleged involvement in a kickback scheme at state oil firm Petrobras. 
WW2 'Japan battleship wreck found'  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 09:33:08 GMT
US billionaire Paul Allen announces he has discovered the famous WW2 Japanese battleship, Musashi, more than 70 years after it was sunk. 
China military budget 'to rise 10%'  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:49:58 GMT
China's military budget will rise by about 10% in 2015, an official says, in another double-digit increase. 
NFL pair to donate brains for research  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:19:23 GMT
New York Giants' Steve Weatherford and former NFL player Sidney Rice want their brains to help research into injuries. 
VIDEO: Rio at 450: The city in photographs  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:00:53 GMT
As Rio celebrates its 450th anniversary, a photographic exhibition offers an insight into the early days of the city's development. 
VIDEO: The man who invented impressionism  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:34:45 GMT
Will Gompertz takes a look at the Inventing Impressionism exhibition at The National Gallery. 
VIDEO: Black girl 'forced out of Alabama school'  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:32:27 GMT
As the BBC's Aleem Maqbool retraces one of the great civil rights journeys, the march 50 years ago from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama, he finds segregation still happening in a different form.