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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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Zambian writer to share prize money 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:08:31 GMT 
    Zambian writer Namwali Serpell promises to split the winnings for this year's Caine Prize for African Writing, regarded as Africa's leading literary award, with all the runners up.

Two suicide attacks hit Kabul 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 12:47:01 GMT 
    A Nato convoy and an Afghan intelligence agency office are targeted in two suicide attacks hours apart in the Afghan capital Kabul.

Mumbai train bomb coma man dies 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:44:41 GMT 
    An Indian man dies nine years after suffering severe brain injuries in the 2006 Mumbai train bombings.

Conte could face 'match-fixing' trial 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 18:53:00 GMT 
    Italy coach Antonio Conte could face a criminal trial for his alleged involvement in match fixing in 2011.

UN to vote on Srebrenica 'genocide' 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:00:21 GMT 
    The UN Security Council is set to vote on a controversial UK-drafted resolution which refers to the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in Bosnia as genocide.

Ecuadoreans brave rain to see Pope 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:57:29 GMT 
    Pope Francis addresses hundreds of thousands of people at a Mass in the Ecuadorean capital, Quito, during his tour of three Latin American countries.

Miss Universe defends keeping crown 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 04:51:47 GMT 
    The reigning Miss Universe defends keeping her crown despite a row between the pageant owner Donald Trump and her home country Colombia.

Iran talks to continue past deadline 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:36:06 GMT 
    Talks between world powers and Iran on a comprehensive nuclear agreement will continue past Tuesday's deadline, the EU's foreign policy chief says.

US 'intensifying' anti-IS campaign 
  Mon, 06 Jul 2015 23:09:53 GMT 
    The US-led coalition fighting Islamic State is "intensifying" its campaign against the group's base in northern Syria, President Barack Obama says.

More charges for US church 'gunman' 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 16:59:13 GMT 
    The man accused of killing nine black churchgoers in the US is charged with three additional counts of attempted murder.

Video costs US football player job 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 13:27:10 GMT 
    A promising American football player at Florida State University is kicked off the team after a video showed him punching a woman in a bar.

Pace of welfare cuts 'to be slowed' 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 22:18:26 GMT 
    George Osborne will slow the pace of planned welfare cuts when he presents his Budget, the BBC understands.

Nation remembers 7/7 bombing victims 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:33:20 GMT 
    Services are held to remember the "ocean of pain" caused by the London bombings, in which 52 people died and more than 700 were hurt a decade ago.

Children in care 'should stay to 25' 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 23:13:38 GMT 
    Vulnerable young people should be allowed to stay in care until they are aged 25, the government's children's commissioner for England says.

Talks to avert Tube strike fail 
  Tue, 07 Jul 2015 19:31:10 GMT 
    Talks fail to avert a 24-hour Tube strike due to start on Wednesday evening - and no further negotiations are planned.
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