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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

DNA project 'to make UK world leader' 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:04:00 GMT 
    A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.

Drug-resistant malaria 'widespread' 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:28:46 GMT 
    Drug-resistant malaria is spreading in South East Asia, and has now reached the Cambodia-Thailand border, according to a study.

Anderson and Jadeja found not guilty 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:34:26 GMT 
    The International Cricket Council finds James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja not guilty of breaching its code of conduct.

Vermaelen may leave Arsenal - Wenger 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 14:09:43 GMT 
    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says club captain and Belgium international defender Thomas Vermaelen may leave the Gunners.

How do you get your face on the dollar? 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:21:32 GMT 
    The US is debating putting a woman's face on the US dollar. How does it happen?

Is it ever acceptable to wear sunglasses indoors? 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:38:35 GMT 
    It's sunglasses weather across much of the northern hemisphere, and yet wearing them indoors is likely to make you an object of ridicule. Why?

Kenyan order to repossess Lamu land 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 13:11:50 GMT 
    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta orders the repossession of 70% of the land in Lamu, where there has been deadly violence since June.

Xinjiang imam murder 'suspects shot' 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:47:52 GMT 
    Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China's largest mosque and captured another, state media say.

Russia bans Polish fruit and veg 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:52:41 GMT 
    Russia imposes a sweeping ban on imports of fruit and vegetables from Poland, as EU sanctions on Russia over Ukraine start to bite.

Argentina blames US for debt default 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:50:43 GMT 
    Argentina blames the US for its default, calling the mediator in debt negotiations which ended in failure "incompetent".

Israeli Iron Dome firms 'hacked' 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:44:33 GMT 
    The BBC has seen evidence that appears to confirm hackers stole secret military documents from two Israeli government-owned companies.

Republican revolt kills border bill 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:29:40 GMT 
    Bills aimed at dealing with the crush of undocumented children streaming over the US border fail in Congress, as it prepares for its summer recess.

UK probes Israeli soldier nationality 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:41:24 GMT 
    The UK Foreign Office is "looking into" reports an Israeli soldier believed captured in Gaza has dual UK-Israeli nationality.

Arson fear over Eastbourne Pier fire 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:22:11 GMT 
    A fire that ripped through Eastbourne Pier is now feared to have been started deliberately.

Man jailed over teen ecstasy death 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:07:45 GMT 
    A man is jailed for five years for supplying drugs after a 16-year-old boy died at a rave in west London.
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