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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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Israel to resume Gaza operation 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:35:04 GMT 
    Israeli military tells people in Gaza it is resuming operations as ceasefire crumbles

Rebels ambush convoy in east Ukraine 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:54:46 GMT 
    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine ambush a government troop column, killing at least 10 soldiers, near where flight MH17 crashed.

Sassoon war diaries published online 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:02:21 GMT 
    Twenty-three journals belonging to the war poet Siegfried Sassoon, many written in the trenches, are being published online for the first time.

Summit to launch urgent Ebola plan 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:13:50 GMT 
    The World Health Organization and presidents of West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak meet in Guinea to announce a new $100m response plan.

Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 25 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:29:05 GMT 
    A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 25 people and injures about 267 others.

WTO fails to seal global trade deal 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:30:32 GMT 
    The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December.

Hopes 'bleak' for landslide missing 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:45:08 GMT 
    Officials say hopes of finding any more survivors from a landslide that buried a village are fading, as the number of bodies found reaches 60.

China manufacturing growth speeds up 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:40:14 GMT 
    China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising.

DNA project 'to make UK world leader' 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:04:00 GMT 
    A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England.

Xinjiang imam murder 'suspects shot' 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:47:52 GMT 
    Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China's largest mosque and captured another, state media say.

Sudan 'apostasy' woman arrives in US 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:51:57 GMT 
    A woman who fled Sudan after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US state of New Hampshire to start a new life.

India hires mimics to scare monkeys 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:36:36 GMT 
    India hires 40 men to dress up as monkeys to scare away thousands of real simians causing havoc around parliament in Delhi.

VIDEO: Taiwan blasts 'tore up entire street' 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 07:24:58 GMT 
    A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung has killed 24 people and injured almost 300, officials say.

VIDEO: Civilians in Ukraine flee fighting 
  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:59:29 GMT 
    Civilians from towns around the area of Eastern Ukraine where flight MH17 was shot down are continuing to flee heavy fighting.

VIDEO: Immersive cinema: Is this the future? 
  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:17:46 GMT 
    Newsnight reports on the growing popularity of immersive entertainment.
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