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"There are times when I think that the ideal library is composed solely of reference books. They are like understanding friends--always ready to meet your mood, always ready to change the subject when you have had enough of this or that."

—Donald J. Adams (b. 1924) [Maxwell Smart] American actor

 

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Fresh fighting in key Syrian town  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:36:48 GMT
Fierce fighting breaks out in the Syrian town of Kobane, ending two days of relative calm after defenders pushed back Islamic State militants. 
US marine missing at murder hearing  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:15:58 GMT
A US marine has failed to appear in a Philippines court after being accused of murdering a transgender Filipino. 
Storm leaves one dead and four hurt  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:18:25 GMT
A woman dies and four people are taken to hospital after winds felled trees and storms sweep the country. 
Man guilty of hotel hammer attacks  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:56:34 GMT
A man who beat three sisters with a claw hammer in a London hotel while their children slept alongside them is found guilty of attempted murder. 
Pair retract Thai murder confessions  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 18:24:41 GMT
Two Burmese men accused of killing two British tourists in Thailand retract their confessions, lawyers say. 
Hillsborough officer 'not leant on'  Tue, 21 Oct 2014 15:51:48 GMT
A former police inspector who was on duty during the Hillsborough disaster denies he was "leant on" to ensure his statements "toed the party line". 
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 
Lynda Bellingham: Career in pictures  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:12:36 GMT
Actress Lynda Bellingham's career on screen 
Day in pictures: 20 October  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:03:45 GMT
24 hours of news images: 20 October 
In pictures: Kashmir floods aftermath  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:33:55 GMT
Aftermath of worst flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir 
Week in pictures: 11-17 October 2014  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:11:33 GMT
News photos from around the world 
From silver mine to wet plate  Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:27:47 GMT
From silver mine to wet plate in Peru 
In pictures: Hong Kong protest art  Thu, 16 Oct 2014 22:58:29 GMT
Creativity on the streets of Hong Kong 
The man who magically made maths fun  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:08:32 GMT
Was this man the world's greatest puzzle master?