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"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."

—Charles Scribner, Jr.


World News From BBC

Police search home of crash co-pilot 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:26:08 GMT 
    German police seize possessions from the home of a co-pilot who apparently deliberately downed his plane in the French Alps, killing all 150 people on board.

Yemen urges swift end to air strikes 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:50:00 GMT 
    Yemen's foreign minister says a "short, sharp" air campaign is needed against Houthi rebels who forced the president to flee abroad.

Buildings collapse in New York blast 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 22:36:42 GMT 
    At least 19 people are injured after an explosion causes two buildings to collapse in New York's East Village.

Sierra Leone in Ebola lockdown 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:22:37 GMT 
    The authorities in Sierra Leone are enforcing a three-day national lockdown to curb the spread of Ebola, except for short windows to pray.

Italy court to rule on Kercher death 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:51:58 GMT 
    Italy's top court is to rule whether to uphold the convictions of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito for the 2007 murder of UK student Meredith Kercher.

Bangladesh pilgrims die in stampede 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 10:03:18 GMT 
    At least 10 Hindu pilgrims are killed in a stampede during a bathing ritual at a holy site in Narayanganj, Bangladesh, police say.

Argentine president's case dismissed 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:51:55 GMT 
    A court of appeals in Argentina has upheld a decision to throw out controversial allegations against President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

US agents 'attended sex parties' 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:36:45 GMT 
    A new report alleges that US drug enforcement agents attended sex parties funded by drug cartels while stationed overseas.

Polar ice shelf thinning speeds up 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 23:52:35 GMT 
    Eighteen years of satellite data reveal an acceleration in the thinning of many of Antarctica's floating ice shelves.

US soldier 'plotted to support IS' 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 18:12:21 GMT 
    A US soldier and his cousin are arrested and charged with conspiring to support the Islamic State, the Department of Justice says.

Leaders grilled in election special 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:42:21 GMT 
    David Cameron and Ed Miliband are put on the spot over immigration, the EU and spending plans in the first set-piece TV broadcast of the election.

North Korea 'arrests South spies' 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:21:13 GMT 
    North Korea says it has arrested two South Korean men for spying, amid ongoing tensions between the two Koreas.

Office workers 'too sedentary' 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 01:54:21 GMT 
    Office workers need to get off their backsides and move around more, according to a new campaign.

VIDEO: Does your pet have 'separation anxiety'? 
  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:39:26 GMT 
    Vets are warning that a growing number of dogs and other pets are suffering from separation anxiety as peoples' working habits change.

VIDEO: China warning over global warming 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 19:24:45 GMT 
    The head of China's weather bureau warns that the country faces serious problems as a result of climate change.
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