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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.


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Libya searches for more bodies 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:28:37 GMT 
    Libyan workers continue to search for bodies at sea and on the shore after two migrant vessels capsized off Libya on Thursday, with 200 feared drowned.

Pro-Kurdish MPs join Turkey cabinet 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 21:24:49 GMT 
    The Turkish prime minister appoints two politicians from the pro-Kurdish HDP party to the country's power-sharing cabinet.

Venezuela extends border closures 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:46:33 GMT 
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro extends border closures with Colombia and deploys more troops, in an ongoing bilateral row.

US blacklists Colombia 'Farc members' 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 23:49:26 GMT 
    The US imposes sanctions on four alleged members of Colombia's Farc rebel group based in Switzerland, accusing them of drug trafficking.

Iraq 'to open Baghdad Green Zone' 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:40:20 GMT 
    Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi orders officials to open up to civilians the heavily fortified area of Baghdad known as the Green Zone.

3D cameras 'to save' IS-threat artefacts 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 12:52:22 GMT 
    Cameras capable of taking 3D images are to be distributed by archaeologists in a bid to preserve ancient sites from destruction by the Islamic State group.

Bush marks Katrina in New Orleans 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 20:10:55 GMT 
    Former US President George Bush returns to New Orleans 10 years on since Hurricane Katrina, a crisis his administration was criticised for over its slow response.

US hazmat teams investigate deaths 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 19:02:52 GMT 
    Investigators are trying to determine what killed two people and sickened five others - including four police officers - at a Chicago home.

Are these England's most beautiful pubs? 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:16:38 GMT 
    Bar beauty from the inter-war years - now listed

In pictures: Agatha Christie: Unfinished Portrait 
  Thu, 27 Aug 2015 13:14:12 GMT 
    Previously unseen and rare photographs of the author

The family who never knew their father 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 18:30:29 GMT 
    The things I wished I knew about my father

How does Usain Bolt run so fast? 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:25:39 GMT 
    Does Usain Bolt move his legs faster than other sprinters?

Life on street dividing Ukraine and Russia 
  Sat, 29 Aug 2015 00:00:45 GMT 
    Life on street dividing Ukraine and Russia

Bhutan: Formerly the worst football team in the world 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:55:17 GMT 
    Tiny Bhutan thinks big after World Cup win

10 things we didn't know last week 
  Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:06:05 GMT 
    Which country's astronauts drink recycled urine?
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