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


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Japanese PM Abe dissolves parliament  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 06:57:49 GMT
Japan's PM Shinzo Abe dissolves parliament paving the way for a snap election in December, as local media polls show a low level of support. 
US to press Turkey over IS role  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:14:18 GMT
US Vice-President Joe Biden is to meet Turkey's president, aiming to push for a bigger Turkish role in the fight against Islamic State. 
Colombia general 'free next week'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:14:38 GMT
Colombia's Farc rebels will release five captives, including Gen Ruben Dario Alzate, next week, President Juan Manuel Santos says. 
Benghazi report clears US response  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 02:22:13 GMT
A US inquiry finds no wrongdoing by the Obama administration in responding to the deadly 2012 attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya. 
Obama defends immigration reform  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:14 GMT
US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue. 
Police and NHS phone lines restored  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:05:40 GMT
Non-emergency police and medical phone lines have been fixed, Vodafone says, after technical problems disrupted services for several hours. 
Labour 'still party of working people'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 06:22:46 GMT
Ed Miliband insists Labour remains the party of working people, while accepting one of his MPs was disrespectful to them. 
NHS staff flying out to fight Ebola  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:06 GMT
The first NHS volunteers are preparing to fly from London to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus. 
Balcony collapse victims named  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:12:58 GMT
Two Polish men who died after a balcony collapsed in west London on Friday are named as Tomasz Procko, 22, and Karol Szymanski, 29. 
Day in pictures: 21 November 2014  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:31:30 GMT
24 hours of news images: 21 November 
In pictures: Snow chaos in north-eastern US  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:54:20 GMT
Snowstorm hits north-east of the United States 
Picture power: Bird flu  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:38:24 GMT
The story behind the picture 
In pictures: Mike Nichols films  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:34:30 GMT
A glimpse at the work of film director Mike Nichols 
Day in pictures: 20 November 2014  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:08:45 GMT
24 hours of news images: 20 November 
In pictures: Scarcity and Waste  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:11:28 GMT
Finalists of Syngenta Photography Award