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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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US child star 'takes own life' 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:29:11 GMT 
    Sawyer Sweeten, the child star of hit US show Everybody Loves Raymond, takes his own life at his family home in Texas.


Native Americans quit Sandler set 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:40:31 GMT 
    Several Native American actors walk off the set of an Adam Sandler comedy, claiming the film is "totally disrespectful" of Apache culture.


Vast replica recreates ancient cave 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:15:58 GMT 
    BBC Newsnight gets rare access to one of the most important cave art sites in the world - and visits its vast replica, which is about to open in France.


Tinnitus mapped inside human brain 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:00:38 GMT 
    For the first time, brain signals relating to the constant ringing noise of tinnitus have been mapped across a wide area inside a patient's brain.


Hope over child malaria vaccine tests 
  Thu, 23 Apr 2015 23:01:19 GMT 
    Final clinical trials of a malaria vaccine - the first to reach this stage - suggest it could protect one third of children against malaria, according to data published in The Lancet.


Niger schools shut over meningitis 
  Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:24:22 GMT 
    All schools in and around Niger's capital, Niamey, are to stay shut until Monday because of a meningitis outbreak that has killed 85 people this year.


Brathwaite ton frustrates England 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 21:57:45 GMT 
    England are frustrated by Kraigg Brathwaite's composed century as West Indies have the better of the fourth day of the second Test.


Hamilton tops UK sport rich list 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:01:14 GMT 
    Lewis Hamilton is the richest sportsman in Britain with earnings of £88m, as Wayne Rooney moves into second on £72m.


Getting aid to a war zone in a swarm of drones 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:05:30 GMT 
    A swarm of tiny drones has been developed by a US Air Force pilot in the hope that they will deliver aid into war torn Syria - 1kg at a time.


The migrants who took over a Sicilian palace 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:40:30 GMT 
    Many young Sicilians are poor and jobless, so they have something in common with migrants arriving from Africa - and sometimes even occupy empty homes together.


China clampdown on funeral strippers 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:28:32 GMT 
    Chinese authorities vow to clamp down on strippers performing at funerals.


Switzerland 'world's happiest place' 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:38:57 GMT 
    Switzerland is the world's happiest country, according to a new survey, closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada.


Malawians boycott South African shops 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:43:23 GMT 
    South African-owned shops in Malawi stay closed after calls for a boycott from activists angered at recent xenophobic attacks.


Indonesia signals executions near 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:27:32 GMT 
    Indonesia summons foreign embassy officials to the prison holding 10 foreign drug smugglers, an indication their execution could be nearing.


'Big, big problems' for Greek deal 
  Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:02:03 GMT 
    Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselboem warns that "big, big problems" need to be solved before any Greece debt deal can be agreed.
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