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"Only those books come down which deserve to last. All the gilt edges, vellum and morocco, all the presentation copies to all the libraries will not preserve a book in circulation beyond its intrinsic date."

—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) American writer, philosopher, poet, essayist

 

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Israel rejects Gaza ceasefire plan  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:13:56 GMT
Israel's security cabinet rejects the Gaza ceasefire proposal put forward by the US Secretary of State John Kerry, Israeli officials say. 
'No survivors' in Air Algerie crash  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:41:51 GMT
There are no survivors from the Air Algerie AH5017 passenger jet that crashed in Mali, says the French President, Francois Hollande. 
UK economy back at pre-crisis level  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:42:48 GMT
The UK economy grew 0.8% in the second quarter and has now recovered the ground lost since the downturn began in 2008, according to official figures. 
Russia angry at US 'smear campaign'  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:48:54 GMT
Russia's foreign ministry rejects accusations from the US that its troops have been firing on Ukrainian soldiers from within Russia. 
S Leone hunts seized Ebola patient  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 18:04:22 GMT
A hunt is launched in Sierra Leone's capital for a woman with Ebola who was forcibly removed from hospital, as Nigeria registers its first case. 
Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:11:02 GMT
Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have overrun a large Syrian military base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa. 
Greste appeal over Egypt conviction  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:20:43 GMT
Jailed al-Jazeera journalist Peter Greste is to appeal against his conviction and jail term on terrorism-related charges in Egypt, his family says. 
Ferry owner death cause 'unknown'  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:51:40 GMT
South Korea's forensic agency says it cannot determine the cause of death for the fugitive tycoon blamed for the recent ferry disaster. 
McDonald's in Russian court case  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:22:19 GMT
Russia's main consumer watchdog takes McDonald's to court, accusing the restaurant chain of quality infringements. 
Wikipedia blocks US Congress edits  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:12:08 GMT
Administrators have imposed a ban on Wikipedia alterations from the US House of Representatives, following "persistent disruptive editing". 
American reporter held in Iran  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:38:16 GMT
An American reporter for the Washington Post, his wife and two other US journalists have been detained in Tehran, an Iranian official confirms. 
Thousands welcome Giants to city  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:09:22 GMT
An estimated 100,000 people line Liverpool's streets to welcome three giant marionettes which will tell the story of the city during World War One. 
VIDEO: Thunderstorms on Air Algerie route  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:19 GMT
BBC Weather's Tomasz Schafernaker says there were thunderstorms in the area where Air Algerie flight AH5017 was flying before it crashed. 
VIDEO: Honour for 101-year-old weatherman  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:16 GMT
America's longest serving volunteer weather observer, 101-year-old Richard G Hendrickson, will be honoured on Sunday for 84 years service. 
VIDEO: Gillan denies Star Wars wig claims  Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:02:14 GMT
Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has denied rumours that her hair was donated to the new Star Wars film.