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—Edward Morgan Forster (1879-1970) British writer, A Room with a View


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Jerusalem's 800-year-old Indian hospice 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:04:06 GMT 
    Jerusalem - perhaps the most fiercely contested stretch of ground anywhere in the world - has been the unlikely host to an Indian lodge for more than 800 years.

The parents refusing to vaccinate their children against polio 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:03:33 GMT 
    As the number of polio cases in Pakistan rises above 200 for the first time in nearly 15 years, Shaimaa Khalil finds out why people don't want their children vaccinated.

Residents riled by smelly nuts 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:11:24 GMT 
    Autumnal spectacle is soured by 'vomit' stench of fallen fruit.

Polynesia's billion dollar claim 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:26:19 GMT 
    Overseas territory demands compensation for atom bomb tests.

Nigeria APC party anger over raid 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:35:08 GMT 
    Nigeria's main opposition party condemns a weekend raid of its offices ahead of February's elections and calls for an independent inquiry.

Banker fit for Hong Kong murder trial 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:03:30 GMT 
    British banker Rurik Jutting is ruled fit to stand trial for the murder of two women in Hong Kong, after undergoing psychiatric assessments.

Ex-minister calls for UK's EU exit 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:31:42 GMT 
    Former minister Owen Paterson calls for the UK to exit the EU, putting pressure on the prime minister amid Tory divisions on the issue.

Farc warning on release of general 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 23:17:00 GMT 
    Colombia's Farc rebels warn that military operations where they are holding captured general, Ruben Alzate, may jeopardise his release.

UK fighters in Syria 'not mercenaries' 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 02:56:39 GMT 
    A British man fighting with Kurdish troops against Islamic State militants in Syria tells the BBC he is not a mercenary.

Brown's father urges calm in Ferguson 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:09:42 GMT 
    The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for peace ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer.

'Time is right' for new terror powers 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:22:25 GMT 
    The police and security services should get new powers to defend the UK from a terror threat "perhaps greater than it has ever been", the home secretary says.

'Abuse risk' for 132 city children 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:30:07 GMT 
    A report finds a "serious child sexual exploitation problem" in Birmingham, with 132 young people in the city suffering or vulnerable to abuse.

Llewelyn-Bowen vows action over park 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:22:07 GMT 
    Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen vows to act after the Christmas attraction he helped to create was forced to close because of complaints.

Young and workers at risk of poverty 
  Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:58:27 GMT 
    The elderly and the unemployed used to be most at risk of poverty, but a new report claims it is now the young and those in work who are most vulnerable.

The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas 
  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:15:29 GMT 
    The dangerous beauty of the Himalayas
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