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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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VIDEO: One-minute World News 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 22:47:24 GMT 
    Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.


VIDEO: Brazil's 'tightest' presidential vote 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 18:21:16 GMT 
    Sunday's presidential run-off vote in Brazil is too close to call and the election battle has centred on the pivotal home state of both candidates, Minas Gerais.


VIDEO: Security for polio workers in Pakistan 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 01:27:22 GMT 
    The number of cases of polio in Pakistan has topped 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years.


VIDEO: Sargy Mann: Painting with inner vision 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:38:20 GMT 
    Artist Sargy Mann has been registered blind for 25 years. His paintings are highly acclaimed and sought-after.


VIDEO: Could amputees re-grow lost limbs? 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:49:14 GMT 
    Amputees could one day re-grow their missing limbs, according to researchers at Imperial College London.


Russian clocks go back for last time 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:36:16 GMT 
    After experimenting with permanent summer hours, Russia is adopting permanent winter hours due to fewer hours of daylight in the north.


Baffling ballet 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:20:13 GMT 
    Can scientists unlock the secrets of starling murmurations using computer models and citizen science?


Vietnam tycoon arrested for 'fraud' 
  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:42:46 GMT 
    One of Vietnam's richest men, Ha Van Tham, is arrested by police on suspicion of lending fraud, authorities say.


VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:40:47 GMT 
    The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.


Hailo says Uber blocked investors 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:41:35 GMT 
    After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding.


The Queen sends her first tweet 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:51:47 GMT 
    The Queen sends her first tweet to launch the London Science Museum's ambitious new Information Age gallery.


Cliff Richard police raid 'inept' 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:39 GMT 
    The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee.


Alvin Stardust album gets early release 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:07 GMT 
    The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death.


Science chief warns on acid oceans 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:18:50 GMT 
    The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions.


EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut 
  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:59:54 GMT 
    The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions.
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