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"The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."

—Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire (1694-1778) French philosopher, writer, Candide

 

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Man killed in west Belfast shooting  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:09:58 GMT
A 28-year-old man who was shot in west Belfast dies in hospital. 
Students punished over sexist chants  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 08:19:35 GMT
A number of students are punished following an investigation after footage emerged of a group chanting about violence and necrophilia. 
Day in pictures: 23 October  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:36:21 GMT
24 hours of news images: 23 October 
Your pictures: Steps  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:11:23 GMT
Readers' photos on the theme of "steps" 
In pictures: Feline focus  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:05:39 GMT
An online exhibition of cats 
In pictures: Ottawa shootings  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:03:13 GMT
Images from outside the Canadian parliament 
In pictures: India celebrates Diwali  Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:27:42 GMT
Indians celebrate Diwali, the biggest Hindu festival 
Day in pictures: 21 October  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 11:38:53 GMT
24 hours of news images: 21 October 
What the floods did to Kashmir's grand heritage  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:56:22 GMT
What floods did to Kashmir's most treasured historic sites 
In pictures: Derry in 1969  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 05:36:19 GMT
Battle of the Bogside in 1969 by Gilles Caron 
The hardship posting to end all hardship postings  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:05:33 GMT
The hardship posting which may have inspired an English idiom 
Have Jedis created a new 'religion'?  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:04:02 GMT
Have Jedis created a new 'religion'? 
Picasso Museum sees grand reopening  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:21:56 GMT
Picasso Museum in Paris reopens after a five-year renovation 
Brazil elections: Last-ditch push in 'Mini-Brazil' state  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 07:04:57 GMT
Who will prevail in Brazil's battleground state? 
Week in pictures: 18-24 October 2014  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:02:34 GMT
A selection of the top news photographs from around the world