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"Who knows why we live, and struggle, and die?... Wise men write many books, in words too hard to understand. But this, the purpose of our lives, the end of all our struggle, is beyond all human wisdom."

—Alan Stewart Paton (1903-88) South African writer, noted for novels Cry, the Beloved Country

 

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Kazakh villages in guard wolf craze 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:49:32 GMT 
    Villagers in Kazakhstan are increasingly buying wolves to guard their land.


Helsinki 'lacks luxury hotels' 
  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:36:34 GMT 
    Finnish capital loses out on chance to host music awards show, because there aren't enough swanky hotels for stars.


Liberia vote count in Ebola-hit poll 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 15:01:21 GMT 
    Votes are being counted in Liberia's senate election held on Saturday despite a deadly Ebola outbreak, but many people decided to stay away.


Cairns murders: Court plea rejected 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:34:46 GMT 
    A woman charged with the murders of eight children in the Australian city of Cairns has failed to have her case transferred to a mental health court.


Russians 'will not cave in' to West 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:59 GMT 
    Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.


Cuba 'will stay on' communist path 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:23:11 GMT 
    Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system.


Kurds 'take' part of Sinjar from IS 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 16:56:02 GMT 
    Kurdish authorities say their forces have taken control of a "large area" of the town of Sinjar, which was captured by Islamic State in August.


US mulls putting NK on terror list 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 14:27:26 GMT 
    The US is considering putting North Korea back on its terrorism sponsors list, President Barack Obama says, after a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures.


Child abuse inquiry overhaul urged 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:47:13 GMT 
    Dozens of child abuse survivors urge the government to scrap an inquiry into historical abuse and replace it with a more powerful body.


Tesco accounts face fresh inquiry 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:21:36 GMT 
    The Financial Reporting Council announces an inquiry into Tesco's accounts for 2012, 2013 and 2014.


Man dies in police Taser shooting 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:16:06 GMT 
    A man dies after being shot by police with a Taser during a suspected burglary in Staffordshire.


Dozens rescued from flooded Asda 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 10:10:53 GMT 
    Firefighters rescue 42 people who were stranded by floodwater at a supermarket in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.


Week in pictures: 13-19 December 2014 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:42:43 GMT 
    News photo from around the world


Picture power: Doused with milk 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:12:51 GMT 
    Treated for the effects of pepper spray


Day in pictures: 18 December 2014 
  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:31:09 GMT 
    Images from around the world: 18 December
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