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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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Militants claim deadly Kenya attack 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:09:35 GMT 
    Militants from Somali group al-Shabab say they have attacked a bus in northern Kenya, killing 28 people, in revenge for security raids on mosques.


West 'seeks Russia regime change' 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:26:46 GMT 
    Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.


Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:38:35 GMT 
    An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected dozens of others, the World Health Organization says.


Iraq troops battle IS in Ramadi 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:18:21 GMT 
    Iraq's army launches an operation to retake parts of Ramadi in Anbar province, a major city largely controlled by Islamic State militants.


US 'to expand' Afghan combat role 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:30:28 GMT 
    US troops in Afghanistan will have a broader role than initially planned next year, as their combat mission draws to a close, US officials say.


Iran talks enter decisive weekend 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:59:01 GMT 
    Talks on Iran's nuclear programme enter their final weekend, but there is no sign yet of a breakthrough as Monday's deadline looms.


Thai king's absence sparks concern 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:24:17 GMT 
    King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand fails to appear for a scheduled event, raising fresh concerns about his health.


Obama defends immigration reform 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 23:22:14 GMT 
    US President Barack Obama vows to press for further immigration reform, as Republicans condemn his use of executive powers on the issue.


Bahrain holds disputed election 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:55:52 GMT 
    Voters are going to the polls in Bahrain's first parliamentary elections since Arab Spring protests in 2011, but many Shias are urging a boycott.


Probe into hotel 'gas explosion' 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:05:49 GMT 
    An investigation starts into a suspected gas explosion at a central London hotel that injured 14 people.


Floods fear as US snowfall eases 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:30:21 GMT 
    Snowfall in the north-east of the US is subsiding, forecasters say, but there is now a threat of flooding from rain at the weekend as it melts.


Brown's father urges calm in Ferguson 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:10:29 GMT 
    The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for peace ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer.


VIDEO: Ukraine uprising: One year on 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:40:38 GMT 
    Services have been held in Ukraine to mark the anniversary of the mass protests which sparked the downfall of former president Viktor Yanukovych.


VIDEO: 100-year-old sees ocean for first time 
  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:36:19 GMT 
    The moment a 100-year-old American woman, Ruby Holt, sees the ocean for the first time.


VIDEO: YouTube studios for internet stars 
  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:27:26 GMT 
    YouTube is investing millions of dollars to set up professional studios which are free to use for anyone who has at least five thousand subscribers.
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