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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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Foreigners dead in Tripoli attack 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:19:08 GMT 
    Militants attack a hotel in the Libyan capital Tripoli, killing at least nine people including five foreigners, officials say.

Litvinenko lawyer accuses Russia 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:45:05 GMT 
    Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko was murdered for trying to "expose the corruption" at the heart of Russia's "mafia state", an inquiry hears.

US admits snow forecast errors 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:10:11 GMT 
    The US National Weather Service says its forecasting is "subject to error", after predictions of a historic blizzard for New York City fell flat.

Apple profit 'biggest in history' 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:30:47 GMT 
    Apple's first quarter profit of $18bn is the biggest ever quarterly profit for a public company, according to Standard and Poor's.

Spain charges priests with sex abuse 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:05:10 GMT 
    A judge in the southern Spanish city of Granada charges 10 Roman Catholic priests and two Catholic lay workers with child sex abuse.

Tsipras names new Greek cabinet 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:19:32 GMT 
    Greek PM Alexis Tsipras forms a new cabinet with Yanis Varoufakis as finance minister and right-winger Panos Kammenos as defence minister.

Mexico insists 43 students are dead 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:33:24 GMT 
    Mexico's attorney general insists that 43 students who disappeared four months ago were killed and their bodies burnt and disposed of.

Japan probes 'new IS hostage video' 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:57:22 GMT 
    Japanese officials work to verify a video threatening to kill Islamic State hostage Kenji Goto within 24 hours unless Jordan frees an Iraqi militant on death row.

Egypt activists lose final appeal 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:17:17 GMT 
    Three Egyptian activists lose their final appeal against three-year prison sentences they were given last year for violating an anti-protest law.

Child soldiers freed in South Sudan 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:55:53 GMT 
    A South Sudanese militia has released 280 child soldiers as the first step in a process to free 3,000, the UN's children agency says.

Obama visits new Saudi King Salman 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:31:19 GMT 
    US President Barack Obama cuts short an India trip to lead a bipartisan delegation to Saudi Arabia following the death of King Abdullah.

Auschwitz survivors appeal to world 
  Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:11:57 GMT 
    Auschwitz survivors urge the world not to allow a repeat of the crimes of the Holocaust as they mark 70 years since the death camp's liberation.

VIDEO: Syrian children photograph lives 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:30:28 GMT 
    Hundreds of Syrian children have contributed to an exhibition about their lives in refugee camps in Lebanon.

VIDEO: First in the village to own a fridge 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:17:36 GMT 
    A tailor from Calcutta buys his first fridge, which is also the first of his entire village.

VIDEO: 'I had to survive to tell the world' 
  Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:12:29 GMT 
    Kitty Hart-Moxon survived two years as a prisoner at the infamous Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz. She spoke to Witness about how she coped.
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