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"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer

 

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Belafonte to receive honorary Oscar  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 09:26:52 GMT
US actor and singer Harry Belafonte is to be honoured by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. 
Iceland's volcano ash alert lifted  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:33:56 GMT
An eruption near Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano that briefly threatened air travel has ended, local officials say. 
Legal challenge to badger cull fails  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:29:47 GMT
A High Court bid to halt this year's badger culling, which will take place without independent monitoring, fails. 
Test Ebola drug '100% effective'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 17:00:16 GMT
The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection. 
Plain packs 'no illegal smoking link'  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:15:39 GMT
A study of smokers in Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of standardised cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes. 
Everton 3-6 Chelsea  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:05:48 GMT
Diego Costa scores twice as Chelsea win a nine-goal thriller against Everton to keep up their 100% start to the season. 
India beat England to take 2-0 lead  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:56:27 GMT
India beat England by six wickets at Trent Bridge to take a 2-0 lead in the one-day series with two games left. 
VIDEO: California's new gold rush  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:02:13 GMT
In The New Forty-Niners, photographer Sarina Finkelstein documents a new wave of gold seekers in California, more than 160 years after the Gold Rush. 
Visiting a Kurdish capital in the US  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 00:13:44 GMT
In Nashville, Kurdish immigrants have built a lively community. Monica Campbell took a tour with a local resident. 
Senegal confirms first Ebola case  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:28:21 GMT
Senegal's health ministry confirms a first case of Ebola, making it the fifth West African country now affected by the outbreak. 
China warns of Hong Kong 'meddling'  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:35:29 GMT
China warns foreign countries against "meddling" in Hong Kong's politics ahead of a crucial announcement on the territory's election process. 
Italian and Pole get top EU jobs  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:17:37 GMT
EU leaders appoint Italy's Federica Mogherini as EU foreign policy chief and Poland's Donald Tusk as European Council President. 
Rescuers free Nicaraguan miners  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 06:00:45 GMT
Most of 24 gold miners trapped underground in northern Nicaragua since Thursday have been rescued, officials say. 
Egypt Brotherhood death sentence cut  Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:34:36 GMT
The head of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has one death sentence commuted to life in prison, but still faces another death penalty. 
Cold War US spy dies in prison  Fri, 29 Aug 2014 21:17:59 GMT
A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.