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"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid."

—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit

 

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VIDEO: One-minute World News 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:13:48 GMT 
    Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.


VIDEO: Surviving childhood in Malawi 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:13:57 GMT 
    Fergus Walsh reports from Malawi on how the country has worked to reduce infant mortality.


VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:10:26 GMT 
    Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas.


VIDEO: Dr Edhi: A life helping Pakistan's poor 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:06:37 GMT 
    Sixty years ago, Abdul Sattar Edhi gave up everything to start a charitable organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of the poor in Pakistan.


VIDEO: Why are London pavements exploding? 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:43:13 GMT 
    Two van drivers had a lucky escape after a pavement explosion in central London which was caught on CCTV.


Sound piece wins £8,000 drawing prize 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:09:20 GMT 
    A sound piece, a 75-second description of a Roman pot, wins a prestigious prize for drawing for the first time in its 20-year history.


Goldfish has brain operation 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:46:37 GMT 
    An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain.


Russians urged 'don't panic' 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:33:04 GMT 
    Russian authorities urged people not to panic on Tuesday as the rouble fell to a new all-time low against the US dollar amid concerns about the effect of sanctions on the country's economy.


Global firms 'need new tax rules' 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:27:18 GMT 
    Moves to tackle corporate tax avoidance on a global scale are unveiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).


Giant sensor for Panasonic phone 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:12 GMT 
    Panasonic unveils a hybrid smartphone-camera, at the Photokina trade show in Cologne.


Judge overturns Uber ban in Germany 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:50:41 GMT 
    A German judge has overturned a temporary injunction which banned Uber from operating one of its services in the country.


Clooney to receive honorary Globe 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:25:50 GMT 
    US actor, director and producer George Clooney is to receive an honorary award at next year's Golden Globes.


Thompson 'wept' over stage return 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:57:05 GMT 
    Actress Emma Thompson says her recent stage comeback in Sweeney Todd brought her to tears and that it is a "dream come true" to bring the production to London.


Red card for 'greenest' government 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:44:59 GMT 
    The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says.


Climate change remedies 'affordable' 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:57:55 GMT 
    A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.
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