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"It seems to me the book has not just aesthetic values-- the charming little clothy box of the thing, the smell of the glue, even the print, which has its own beauty. But there's something about the sensation of ink on paper that is in some sense a thing, a phenomenon rather than an epiphenomenon. I can't break the association of electric trash with the computer screen. Words on the screen give the sense of being just another passing electronic wriggle."

—John Hoyer Updike (b. 1932) American writer, Rabbit, Run, Rabbit at Rest


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Anger mounts as Gaza toll rises 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:52:08 GMT 
    The US and UN condemn the shelling of a UN school housing civilians in Gaza, as Palestinians say Israeli attacks kill more than 100 in the day.

G7 says Russia faces more sanctions 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:01:05 GMT 
    The G7 group of economic powers warns President Putin of further sanctions after Russia called new US and EU penalties "destructive and short-sighted".

Ebola: Liberia shuts all schools 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:33:44 GMT 
    Liberia's government announced it is closing down all schools across the country and deploying troops to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

Dozens trapped by Indian landslide 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:42:35 GMT 
    At least 20 people are killed after a landslide buries more than 40 houses and leaves up to 200 people trapped in a village in western India.

Tor attack may have unmasked users 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:16:19 GMT 
    Users of the "dark net" service Tor who visited hidden websites may have had their identities revealed by a five-month long cyber-attack.

Six dead in Nigeria college blast 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:08:06 GMT 
    At least six people have been killed in a suicide bombing at a college in northern Nigeria's biggest city, Kano, witnesses say.

US economic growth surges by 4% 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 18:37:29 GMT 
    The US economy grew by 4% in the second quarter, according to a preliminary reading by the US Department of Commerce, beating expectations.

France evacuates expats from Libya 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:16:09 GMT 
    The French government says it has evacuated French and British nationals from Libya, as battles rage between government forces and militias.

Somali 'killed for not wearing veil' 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:58:12 GMT 
    Militant Islamists in Somalia have shot dead a Muslim woman for refusing to wear a veil, her relatives say.

House to vote to sue President Obama 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:32:37 GMT 
    The US House of Representatives is set to pass a resolution authorising a lawsuit against the president for alleged overreach of his authority.

Tight security after Xinjiang unrest 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:42:08 GMT 
    Chinese authorities step up security in parts of Xinjiang after dozens were killed or injured in the region's worst violence for months.

US bridge to get anti-suicide fence 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:53:04 GMT 
    A major span between New York City and New Jersey will be getting safety fence designed to prevent suicides, after an increase in deaths this year.

VIDEO: Inside a laboratory battling Ebola 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:11:35 GMT 
    Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumdar takes a look around a makeshift laboratory trying to battle the Ebola outbreak in Guinea.

VIDEO: Sun bracelet measures UV exposure 
  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:01:37 GMT 
    The BBC's Dougal Shaw tests out a digital bracelet designed to help people avoid getting too much sun exposure.

VIDEO: UK to allow driverless cars on roads 
  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:56:17 GMT 
    The UK government will shortly outline measures to permit driverless cars to use public roads by next year.
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