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"Deliver me from writers who say the way they live doesn't matter. I'm not sure a bad person can write a good book, If art doesn't make us better, then what on earth is it for."

—Alice Walker (b. 1944) American writer, Meridian, The Color Purple


World News From BBC

Ferguson jury rules on Brown death 
  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:35:03 GMT 
    A grand jury reaches a decision over whether to charge a police officer who killed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, says his family.

Optimism as Iran nuclear talks fail 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 23:51:58 GMT 
    Both the US and Iran say they are confident of reaching a deal over Tehran's nuclear programme despite the failure of the latest round of talks.

Portuguese ex-PM to remain in jail 
  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 00:47:12 GMT 
    Jose Socrates, Portugal's prime minister between 2005 and 2011, is remanded in custody on preliminary charges of corruption and tax fraud.

Swiss museum to accept 'Nazi art' 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:21:09 GMT 
    Switzerland's Bern Art Museum says it will accept hundreds of works of art bequeathed by German Nazi-era art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.

US defence secretary to step down 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:54:20 GMT 
    Chuck Hagel has resigned as US defence secretary after less than two years in the post, following a series of meetings with President Barack Obama.

Spain priests held over child abuse 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:49:21 GMT 
    Police in Granada have arrested three priests and one layman on suspicion of child sex abuse, according to Spain's interior minister.

Ukraine 'will hold Nato referendum' 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:54:25 GMT 
    Ukraine's president says he intends to hold a referendum on joining Nato, in a move likely to anger Russia.

Women not equal to men, says Erdogan 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:31:42 GMT 
    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says women cannot be treated as equal to men, and accuses feminists of rejecting motherhood.

Jet attacks Tripoli's last airport 
  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 01:26:01 GMT 
    An unidentified jet carries out two air strikes on Maitiga air base in Tripoli, the Libyan capital's last functioning airport.

Band Aid single storms to number one 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:32:42 GMT 
    Band Aid 30's Do They Know It's Christmas? debuts at number one in the UK singles chart after selling more than 312,000 copies last week.

Casablanca piano sells for $2.9m 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:49:50 GMT 
    The piano featured in the classic World War Two drama Casablanca sells for $2.9m at Bonhams Auction House in New York.

VIDEO: Ebola survivors offer 'glimmer of hope' 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:54:36 GMT 
    The BBC's Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar reports from the Guinean capital Conakry on how some Ebola survivors hope to ease the Ebola crisis in their country.

VIDEO: Flying the 'Nintendo' fighter jet 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:42:57 GMT 
    BBC Click's Dave Lee finds out what it's like flying the newest advanced fighter jet, the F-35 Lightning II.

VIDEO: Can live events save TV ratings? 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:17:25 GMT 
    For programme makers it is becoming increasingly difficult to generate big ratings on TV but the solution may lie in live television, especially in America, as Tom Brook reports

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  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:00:38 GMT 
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