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—Claude Adrien Helvetius (1715-71) French philosopher, encyclopedias


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Liberia in 'trees for cash' deal  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:11:15 GMT
Liberia is to become the first nation in Africa to completely stop cutting down its trees in return for development aid. 
Farming 'vital for global growth'  Wed, 24 Sep 2014 00:46:34 GMT
Scientific agricultural advances can help "climate-proof" farming systems around the globe, especially in developing nations, a conference will hear. 
Go TV-free to fight fat, says NICE  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:55:54 GMT
Adults and children should consider having TV-free days or limiting viewing to two hours a day under new proposals to tackle obesity. 
Sierra Leone hails Ebola lockdown  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:11:02 GMT
Authorities in Sierra Leone say a three-day curfew aimed at containing the Ebola outbreak has been a success and will not be extended. 
Liverpool 2-2 Middlesbrough  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 22:25:42 GMT
Liverpool beat Middlesbrough 14-13 in an extraordinary penalty shootout to progress to the fourth round of the Capital One Cup. 
McIlroy has outgrown me - McDowell  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:54:23 GMT
Graeme McDowell admits Rory McIlroy's four majors and world number one status may mean the end for their Ryder Cup partnership. 
How lasers revealed a lost city in the jungle  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 00:14:49 GMT
Deep in the Cambodian jungle lie the remains of a vast medieval city - new archaeological techniques are now revealing its secrets. 
Why is the Birmingham accent so difficult to mimic?  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:54:13 GMT
Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight says Birmingham's accent is "very difficult to get right". Why? 
Nigeria MPs fury at 'cash arms deal'  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:14:50 GMT
About 50 Nigerian MPs storm out of parliament after a motion to discuss an alleged $9.3m cash arms deal in South Africa was blocked. 
Australian 'terror suspect' killed  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:25:30 GMT
A teenager said to have made threats to Australian PM Tony Abbott is shot dead after stabbing two police in Melbourne, reports say. 
Turkey hints at Iraq hostage swap  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 13:07:16 GMT
Turkey's President Erdogan does not deny reports that 49 hostages, mostly Turks, were freed by Islamic State (IS) as part of a prisoner swap. 
Row over Galapagos tortoise's body  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:33:11 GMT
A dispute has broken out between Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands over where the preserved body of a Galapagos giant tortoise should be housed. 
Israel murder suspects shot dead  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:46:14 GMT
Two Palestinians suspected of the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers in June have been killed by Israeli forces, Israel's military says. 
Charge in US teen disappearance  Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:18:18 GMT
A Virginia man sought for questioning in connection with the disappearance of British-born student Hannah Graham is charged with abduction. 
No 'opt out' of IS fight - Cameron  Wed, 24 Sep 2014 01:23:38 GMT
The fight against Islamic State (IS) militants is one "you cannot opt out of", David Cameron says during a visit to the US.