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"To limit the press is to insult a nation; to prohibit reading of certain books is to declare the inhabitants to be either fools or slaves."

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

 

World News From BBC

Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT
Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices. 
Ferguson bows out of US talk show  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 16:32:26 GMT
Scots-born comedian Craig Ferguson hosts his last edition of US talk show The Late Late Show after a run of 10 years. 
Caroline Flack wins Strictly title  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:02:47 GMT
Television presenter Caroline Flack and partner Pasha Kovalev are voted winners of Strictly Come Dancing, beating singers Frankie Bridge and Simon Webbe. 
Antarctic science archive unlocked  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:19:32 GMT
Aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s are being used to probe the climate history of the Antarctic Peninsula. 
LA River's flood role is 'paramount'  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:27:39 GMT
Any moves to modify the concrete Los Angeles River, to return parts of it to a more natural setting or to capture water, must not compromise its flood-protection function, say scientists. 
Asthma inhalers 'not used properly'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:00:55 GMT
Charities warn patients are not being taught how to use potentially life-saving asthma inhalers and allergy auto-injectors correctly. 
Stem cell scandal scientist resigns  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:27:15 GMT
A Japanese stem cell scientist at the heart of a scandal over false claims and fabricated research has resigned. 
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:34:55 GMT
Martin Skrtel's header seven minutes into stoppage time earns Liverpool a draw against Arsenal in the Premier League. 
McCoist leaves Rangers manager post  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 20:25:44 GMT
Ally McCoist leaves his position as Rangers manager and is now officially on gardening leave. 
How 12 days of Christmas have become 12 pubs  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:19:56 GMT
Dublin's pubs are experiencing a new phenomenon - the 12 days of Christmas have turned into the 12 pubs of Christmas... visited all in one night. 
Teaching winter to new US refugees  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 01:07:55 GMT
Thousands of refugees arrive in the US each year, and those who end up in chilly Minnesota have to learn about what to expect for their first winter. 
Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT
Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land. 
Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels'  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT
Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars. 
Liberia vote count in Ebola-hit poll  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:01:21 GMT
Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away. 
Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:02:12 GMT
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony.