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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

—Franz Kafka (1883-1924) Austrian writer, The Metamorphosis, The Trial

 

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India vows rapist interview inquiry 
  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 16:02:23 GMT 
    India's home minister promises an inquiry into how a TV crew was allowed to interview a death-row prisoner convicted over the Delhi 2012 gang rape and murder.


Ukraine declares mourning for miners 
  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:23:37 GMT 
    The Ukrainian president declares a day of national mourning as the death toll from a gas blast in a coal mine reaches 32, with one still missing.


Leader of Mexico's Zetas cartel held 
  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 01:25:12 GMT 
    Omar Trevino Morales, the leader of Mexico's Zetas drugs cartel and one of the country's most wanted men, has been captured, security officials say.


Blast hits Aleppo intelligence HQ 
  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:48:33 GMT 
    Dozens of Syrian security personnel and rebels have been killed in an attack on an intelligence facility in the city of Aleppo, activists say.


'Wholesale change' urged in Ferguson 
  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:15:27 GMT 
    US Attorney General Eric Holder calls on police and courts in Ferguson, Missouri, to take immediate action after finding widespread racial bias.


Cameron scared of TV debates - rivals 
  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 09:44:06 GMT 
    David Cameron comes under fire from rival parties after saying he will only take part in one TV debate featuring seven party leaders, held before the election campaign.


Police search ex-Tory MP's home 
  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:07:03 GMT 
    The home of former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor is searched by police investigating historical allegations of child abuse.


Man in court over Becky murder 
  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 10:13:15 GMT 
    Nathan Matthews, stepbrother of Bristol teenager Becky Watts, appears in court charged with her murder.


Three-child benefit limit considered 
  Thu, 05 Mar 2015 02:44:28 GMT 
    The Conservatives are considering limiting child benefit to three children, which could save £300m a year in the long term, BBC Newsnight learns.


In pictures: Cape Town wildfires 
  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:59:27 GMT 
    Blazes on the outskirts of Cape Town


Day in pictures: 4 March 2015 
  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:19:05 GMT 
    Images from around the world: 4 March


Your pictures: Adventure 
  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:07:41 GMT 
    Readers' photographs on the theme of adventure


In pictures: Dealing with addiction 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 10:01:08 GMT 
    David Stewart's photos of people fighting addiction


Geneva Motor Show: What to look out for 
  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 00:00:17 GMT 
    Models to keep an eye out for at Geneva


Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy: Life in pictures 
  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:08:51 GMT 
    Leonard 'Spock' Nimoy has died
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