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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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Netanyahu says Iran 'global threat' 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 16:28:32 GMT 
    Israel's Prime Minister says Iran threatens "the entire world" as he begins a contentious address to the US Congress.

Russians bid farewell to Nemtsov 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:54:44 GMT 
    Thousands of Russians bid farewell to murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov during his funeral in the capital Moscow.

Fierce clashes around Iraq's Tikrit 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:25:03 GMT 
    Fierce clashes are taking place in and around the Iraqi city of Tikrit, as soldiers and militiamen attack Islamic State positions, officials say.

Chile's Villarrica volcano erupts 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:50:00 GMT 
    The Villarrica volcano, one of the most active in South America, erupts in southern Chile, spewing ash and lava into the air.

Coffee linked to 'cleaner' arteries 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:08:56 GMT 
    Drinking a few cups of coffee a day may help people avoid clogged arteries - a known risk factor for heart disease - South Korean researchers believe.

India's Maharashtra state bans beef 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:17:22 GMT 
    The Indian president approves a bill which bans the slaughter of cows and the sale and consumption of beef in the western state of Maharashtra.

Clinton under scrutiny over emails 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:59:47 GMT 
    Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a personal email account when she was US secretary of state is probed as a possible violation of federal rules.

Emwazi tape: I'm no extremist 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:41:56 GMT 
    A recording emerges in which the Islamic State fighter Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, denied being an extremist.

Bali Nine men to leave for execution 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:56:35 GMT 
    Authorities in Bali confirm that two Australian drug smugglers will be transferred on Wednesday to the island where they will be executed.

Ebola nations 'need huge aid plan' 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:12:57 GMT 
    Liberia's president calls for an aid package for the Ebola-affected countries of West Africa along the lines of the post-WWII Marshall Plan.

'Attractive jihadists lure UK girls' 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:58:06 GMT 
    "Attractive" jihadist fighters can be "eye candy" to lure in British Muslim girls, a woman who was radicalised online tells BBC Newsnight.

Plane battery ban over safety concern 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:13:44 GMT 
    United Airlines has announced that it will no longer carry bulk shipments of lithium-ion batteries as new tests reveal they could cause fires.

VIDEO: Tourists flock to Japan's Cat Island 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 13:36:12 GMT 
    Tourists from around Japan have been flocking to a tiny fishing community, to see what has been nicknamed Cat Island.

VIDEO: 3800 couples in mass wedding 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:35:08 GMT 
    Around 3,800 couples from the Unification Church have taken part in a mass wedding in Gapyeong, South Korea.

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