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—Alice Walker (b. 1944) American writer, Meridian, The Color Purple


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Rare bear cub found outside circus  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:12:51 GMT
A rare two-week-old Asiatic black bear cub is found abandoned in a box outside a Russian circus. 
Lesotho votes in snap elections  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:53:31 GMT
Polling ends and counting is under way in Lesotho, in a snap election aimed at resolving political tensions after an attempted coup last year. 
Supreme India crush outclassed UAE  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 11:45:05 GMT
India bowl out United Arab Emirates for 102, the lowest total yet at the World Cup, before racing to victory in 18.5 overs. 
UK 'must prepare for Russian threat'  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:35:11 GMT
Russia has become a danger to Britain and the country must be prepared to take steps to defend itself and its allies, the former head of MI6 says. 
Patagonia forest fire chief sacked  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:28:43 GMT
The head of Argentina's national fire control agency is sacked as a huge forest fire threatens a renowned national park in Patagonia. 
Egypt lists Hamas as terrorist group  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:43:32 GMT
An Egyptian court designates the Palestinian group Hamas as a terrorist organisation, accusing it of supporting an insurgency in northern Sinai. 
US avoids homeland security shutdown  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 05:53:02 GMT
Lawmakers in the US avoid a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department after passing a one-week funding extension two hours before a deadline. 
Terror tactics 'flawed' - Davis  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:32:50 GMT
The intelligence agencies are accused of using flawed tactics after it emerged they were aware of the man dubbed 'Jihadi John' before he went to Syria. 
Two arrests in missing girl search  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:32:36 GMT
Two people are arrested in connection with the disappearance of 16-year-old Becky Watts who is missing in Bristol. 
First-time buyers get 20% discount  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:46:02 GMT
First-time home buyers aged under 40 in England can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to a fifth off the normal price. 
Cyclist, 15, killed in stab murder  Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:26:34 GMT
A 15-year-old boy was fatally stabbed when three men attacked him while he was cycling with friends, police say. 
Week in pictures: 21-27 February 2015  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:56:41 GMT
News photos from around the world 
Halfway in 24-year photo project  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:50:50 GMT
Photographers recording the first 24 hours of each year 
Day in pictures: 27 February 2015  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:22:17 GMT
Images from around the world: 27 February 
Your pictures: Gardens  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:13:02 GMT
Readers' photographs on the theme of gardens