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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial


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Africa urged to act over Boko Haram  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:55:59 GMT
African states should act quickly and collectively to curb the growing threat posed by Nigeria's militant Islamists, the African Union chief says. 
Obama attends India's Republic Day  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:56:43 GMT
President Barack Obama begins the second day of his visit to India by becoming the first US head of state to attend the Republic Day parade. 
Litvinenko 'killed on third attempt'  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 22:00:04 GMT
Two prior attempts to kill ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko may have been made before he died from radiation poisoning in 2006, the BBC has learned. 
Missing Mexico journalist found dead  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:29:33 GMT
The body of Mexican journalist Moises Sanchez, who was abducted by gunmen on 2 January, is found in the town of Medellin de Bravo in Veracruz. 
Mubarak's sons released from prison  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:25:41 GMT
The two sons of Hosni Mubarak are released from jail, a day after the fourth anniversary of the uprising that ousted the former Egyptian president. 
Device triggers White House alert  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:42:18 GMT
A flying device known as a "quad copter" triggered a security alert when it landed in the grounds of the White House, a US official says. 
Crime victims let down, says review  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:04:45 GMT
Victims of crime in England and Wales are still being let down by the justice system, says an independent review by Victims' Commissioner Baroness Newlove. 
Miliband to pledge longer care visits  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 00:01:47 GMT
Labour leader Ed Miliband is to set out details of Labour's "10-year plan" for the NHS, including longer homecare visits, in a speech in Trafford. 
Man charged with machete murder  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:49:48 GMT
A man is charged with the murder of a 19-year-old man, who died in a machete attack outside a pub. 
Fracking moratorium rejected by MPs  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 20:01:52 GMT
MPs overwhelmingly reject a bid to suspend fracking for shale gas - but agree to Labour proposals to impose new conditions. 
Taking the plunge  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:54:51 GMT
Cold Water Swimming Championships 
In pictures: Church of England's first woman bishop consecration  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:40:06 GMT
Church of England's first female bishop 
In pictures: Australia Day 2015  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 06:10:08 GMT
The country celebrates its official national day 
Week in pictures: 17-23 January 2015  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 16:51:44 GMT
News photos from around the world 
In pictures: Saudi King Abdullah mourned  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 17:40:28 GMT
Ceremony hours after Saudi King's death