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"Every artist wants his work to be permanent. But what is? The Aswan Dam covered some of the greatest art in the world. Venice is sinking. Great books and pictures were lost in the Florence floods. In the meantime we still enjoy butterflies."

—Romare Beardon


World News From BBC

MH17 victims begin long journey home 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:27:15 GMT 
    The first planes leave Ukraine carrying victims' bodies from crashed flight MH17 to the Netherlands, which is holding a day of mourning.

Abbas backs Hamas Gaza truce demands 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:19:24 GMT 
    Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas backs calls by Hamas for an end to the economic blockade of the Gaza Strip as a condition for a ceasefire.

Costa Concordia begins final journey 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:02:44 GMT 
    The wreck of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia is being towed away for scrap, in one of the biggest maritime salvage operations ever staged.

Rival to challenge Indonesia result 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:20:03 GMT 
    The losing candidate in Indonesia's presidential election, Prabowo Subianto, will challenge the result in court, his spokesman says.

Quarantine over China plague death 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:47:27 GMT 
    Part of a city in north-west China is sealed off and dozens of people placed in quarantine after a man died of bubonic plague, state media say.

Suicide car bomb kills 21 in Iraq 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:36:33 GMT 
    A suicide car bomb has killed at least 21 people at a police checkpoint in Baghdad's Kadhimiya district, Iraqi police say.

Airlines suspend flights into Israel 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:07:01 GMT 
    US and European airlines suspend flights into Israel's Ben Gurion airport after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket landed one mile away.

US court allows Arizona execution 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 01:39:03 GMT 
    The US Supreme Court clears the way for Arizona to execute a murderer who had sought information about the lethal drugs to be used to kill him.

China detains five over meat scandal 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:02:11 GMT 
    China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.

Tajik spy charge academic freed 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:31:33 GMT 
    An academic working for a British university has been freed after being held for over a month in Tajikistan on suspicion of spying.

Microsoft profit falls on Nokia loss 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:00:59 GMT 
    Technology giant Microsoft reports a 7% fall in profits to $4.6bn in the second quarter, hit by a $692m loss at its newly-acquired Nokia handset division.

Booker longlist set to be revealed 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 04:28:27 GMT 
    The longlist for the Man Booker Prize is set to be unveiled, with titles from around the world eligible for contention for the first time in its history.

Glasgow ready for 2014 Games opening 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:45:04 GMT 
    The Queen will formally open the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in front of a 40,000 crowd at Celtic Park.

VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch 
  Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:53 GMT 
    Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid.

VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo 
  Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:05:37 GMT 
    Two rare Amur leopard cubs have been born at Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire.
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