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"Whenever you read a good book, it's like the author is right there, in the room, talking to you, which is why I don't like to read good books."

—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit

 

World News From BBC

VIDEO: One-minute World News  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:40:10 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Star Trek star Takei's life on film  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:53:52 GMT
Star Trek star George Takei talks about being his childhood experience of living in an internment camp during World War Two. 
VIDEO: Turkish PM scores football hat-trick  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:28:06 GMT
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has scored three goals in an exhibition match to open a new stadium in Istanbul. 
VIDEO: Trying to return MH17 victims home  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 05:32:16 GMT
A team of Dutch forensic investigators will again try to access the Malaysia Airlines wreckage site in eastern Ukraine. 
VIDEO: War nightmares of Syrian children  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:25:21 GMT
Millions of Syrian children are caught up in the conflict 
VIDEO: Zoo animals stay cool with ice lolly  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:13:56 GMT
During the hot summer weather zookeepers are having to come up with ways to keep animals comfortable in the heat. 
Gherkin skyscraper put up for sale  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:56:02 GMT
London's Gherkin skyscraper is put up for sale, with interest expected from Chinese, other Asian, and US buyers. 
Bank of England bonus clawback plan  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:00:06 GMT
The Bank of England is expected to unveil on Wednesday a plan which may see rule-breaking bankers return bonuses up to seven years after being awarded them. 
Kurdish oil tanker in US seizure  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:13:20 GMT
An oil tanker carrying $100m of Iraqi Kurdish oil off the coast of Texas is set to be seized by US marshals after a judge approved a seizure request from the Iraqi government. 
Sleep sensor smashes Kickstarter goal  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:01:09 GMT
A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking device cracks $1m (£590,000) on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform in five days. 
OKCupid experiments with 'bad' matches  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:47:43 GMT
Dating website OKCupid reveals that it experimented on its users, including putting the "wrong" people together to see if they would connect. 
Government ends prison guitar ban  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:21:56 GMT
A ban on steel-string guitars in prison cells in England and Wales is reversed after a campaign by rock stars including Billy Bragg and Johnny Marr. 
Anderson 'stellar' in Streetcar  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:36:43 GMT
Critics say Gillian Anderson gives the performance of her career in A Streetcar Named Desire at London's Young Vic. 
'Quantum Cheshire Cat' observed  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:36:04 GMT
Scientists have separated a particle from one of its physical properties - proving a theory known as the "quantum Cheshire Cat". 
How faces drive first impressions  Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:23:36 GMT
UK scientists model the physical attributes that underpin our social judgements about strangers.