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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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'Most Nepal troops' in quake effort 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:57:55 GMT 
    Nine out of 10 Nepalese troops are reportedly taking part in search and rescue operations after a massive earthquake that killed 4,000 people.


Curfew as Baltimore protests spread 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 01:31:59 GMT 
    A curfew is been declared in the US city of Baltimore amid violent protests over the death of a black man fatally injured in police custody.


Australian weds as execution looms 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:44:12 GMT 
    Convicted Australian drug smuggler Andrew Chan marries his girlfriend in Indonesia's prison, ahead of his expected execution.


New York dims lights to save birds 
  Tue, 28 Apr 2015 00:10:08 GMT 
    State of New York to turn off non-essential lights to try and prevent migratory birds becoming confused and fatally crashing into buildings.


Israel struck Gaza shelters - UN 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:44:31 GMT 
    At least 44 Palestinians were killed by "Israeli actions" while sheltering at seven UN schools during last summer's war in Gaza, a UN inquiry finds.


Japan and US unveil defence deal 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 16:42:39 GMT 
    Japan and the US strike deal on new guidelines on their defence co-operation as Japanese leader Shinzo Abe visits the US for talks.


Colorado cinema gunman 'was sane' 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:59:33 GMT 
    A man who shot and killed 12 people in a cinema in 2012 was found sane by two experts immediately following the attack, prosecutors say.


Bosnia gunman 'kills police officer' 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 21:48:56 GMT 
    A gunman attacks a police station in Bosnia, killing an officer and injuring two others before being shot dead, officials say.


Germany 'failed to warn' before MH17 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:23:43 GMT 
    Germany was told of the risk of flying over eastern Ukraine before flight MH17 was shot down, but failed to pass on the alert, reports say.


Pro-Putin bikers blocked at border 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:49:31 GMT 
    Polish border guards block entry to 10 bikers described as members of a pro-Putin group seen as provocative by the Polish government.


Kidnapped Libyan TV crew found dead 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:04:29 GMT 
    Five Libyan TV journalists are found dead eight months after they were kidnapped in territory controlled by extremist militants.


China overtakes France in vineyards 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:25:55 GMT 
    China has become the second-largest wine-growing area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place, figures show.


VIDEO: Journey to remote quake epicentre 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:07:04 GMT 
    The epicentre of the earthquake which devastated Nepal, in the district of Gorkha, has suffered "terrible destruction".


VIDEO: Video shows moment of Everest avalanche 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 18:52:48 GMT 
    Footage has emerged from climbers on Mount Everest, showing the moment an avalanche hurtled towards them when Saturday's earthquake struck in Nepal.


VIDEO: Thousands sleep on Nepal streets 
  Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:33:28 GMT 
    Thousands of people are sleeping on the streets in Nepal, either because their homes are destroyed or they are too scared to return.
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