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"[A] book ... unlike a television program, moving picture or any other 'modern means of communication' ... can wait for years, yet be available at any moment when it happens to be needed."

—Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) American critic, natrualist, writer, The Modern Temper


World News From BBC

Russian missiles 'fell on Iran' 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:38:31 GMT 
    Four Russian cruise missiles fired at Syria from the Caspian Sea landed on Iran, unnamed US officials say.

VW's US boss offers 'sincere apology' 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:09:31 GMT 
    Volkswagen's US boss makes a "sincere apology" to US lawmakers for installing "defeat devices" to cheat emissions tests on its diesel cars.

Probe captures Pluto's 'blue sky' 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:35:01 GMT 
    The New Horizons mission returns its first colour image of Pluto's atmospheric hazes and shows them to have a blue tinge.

Fifa suspends Blatter, Platini & Valcke 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:24:29 GMT 
    Fifa provisionally suspends president Sepp Blatter, secretary general Jerome Valcke and Uefa chief Michel Platini for 90 days.

France train attack hero stabbed in US 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:46:43 GMT 
    Spencer Stone, hailed as a hero after an attack on a French train, is stabbed in Sacramento, California.

McCarthy out of race to be US Speaker 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:05:25 GMT 
    Republican Kevin McCarthy is dropping out of the race for Speaker of the US House of Representatives, surprising many who favoured him to win.

Murdoch sorry for 'real black' tweet 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:55:42 GMT 
    Rupert Murdoch apologises for tweets suggesting US President Barack Obama is not a "real black president" and supporting Ben Carson.

Spain dismisses Rwanda war crimes case 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 18:12:15 GMT 
    Spain revokes arrest warrants for 40 Rwandans for revenge killings after the 1994 genocide, following changes to its universal jurisdiction laws.

Hungary 'migrant chic' photos removed 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 14:47:19 GMT 
    A Hungarian photographer takes down fashion photos inspired by migrants making the arduous journey through Europe after criticism.

Modi breaks silence on 'beef' lynching 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 13:48:37 GMT 
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Hindus and Muslims should fight poverty, not each other, in his first comments on the lynching of a Muslim man.

Messi to stand trial for tax fraud 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:07:51 GMT 
    Lionel Messi will stand trial on tax fraud charges, a court in Spain rules, rejecting a request to drop charges against the Barcelona striker.

Jewellery sells for record price in HK 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:26:44 GMT 
    A string of natural grey pearls and a Kashmir sapphire break world records at an auction in Hong Kong.

VIDEO: Child refugees continue to die at sea 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:23:44 GMT 
    The latest to lose their life at sea was a baby boy found washed up on the shores of Kos.

VIDEO: Inside the reclusive North Korea 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:26:58 GMT 
    A BBC team has been granted rare access inside the reclusive state of North Korea.

VIDEO: The battle in Syria's skies 
  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:55:51 GMT 
    The battle in Syria's skies explained in 60 seconds.
New York Times Book Reviews
ArtsBeat: Svetlana Alexievich Is Rare Nonfiction Winner of Nobel  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:44:15 GMT
Diana Nyad: By the Book  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 12:00:00 GMT
Garth Risk Hallberg’s ‘City on Fire’  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:30:01 GMT
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National News From NPR
Louisiana Chef Paul Prudhomme, Who Popularized Cajun And Creole Food, Dies  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:00:42 -0400
Berkeley's Sugary Drinks Are Getting Pricier, Thanks To New Tax  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:53:20 -0400
What Just Happened To The Speaker's Race, In 2 Charts  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:53:10 -0400
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World News From BBC
Russian missiles 'fell on Iran'  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 19:38:31 GMT
VW's US boss offers 'sincere apology'  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:09:31 GMT
Probe captures Pluto's 'blue sky'  Thu, 08 Oct 2015 16:35:01 GMT
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