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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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Ukraine troops move on eastern town 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:50:35 GMT 
    Ukrainian commandos advance on the separatist stronghold of Sloviansk in eastern Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin warns of "consequences".


Japan pact 'covers disputed islands' 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:08:02 GMT 
    US President Barack Obama restates support for Japan over disputed islands but warns that dialogue - not escalation - is the way forward.


Ecclestone trial begins in Germany 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:41:26 GMT 
    Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone appears in court in the German city of Munich to face bribery charges that carry a 10-year jail term.


US medics killed in Kabul attack 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:56:20 GMT 
    Three American medical staff are shot dead by a security guard at a hospital in the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.


Korea ferry disaster school reopens 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 08:46:33 GMT 
    The South Korean school devastated by the loss of many of its students in a ferry disaster last week starts to hold classes again.


Rio police 'to probe' dancer's death 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:08:47 GMT 
    Police in the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro say they will conduct a thorough investigation into the death of a dancer which sparked riots.


Ban blames all Syria sides over aid 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:02:52 GMT 
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accuses all parties in Syria's civil war of "flagrant violations" of international law over the delivery of aid.


Facebook earnings surge on mobile ads 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:03:50 GMT 
    Social networking giant Facebook reports better than expected profits, as a surge in mobile advertising helps boost its revenues.


China releases Japanese cargo ship 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 05:33:01 GMT 
    China has released a Japanese cargo ship it seized over a war-time debt, a court statement says, after the Japanese firm paid compensation.


Modi in Varanasi as Indians vote 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 07:23:28 GMT 
    Narendra Modi, the politician many expect to be India's next leader, submits his election nomination papers as Indians vote in the sixth phase of their poll.


Canada to drop 'flawed' rail tankers 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:00:21 GMT 
    Canada says it will phase out the type of rail tankers involved in the deadly train derailment in Lac-Megantic last July.


Tarantino Gawker case dismissed 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:14 GMT 
    A judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino's attempt to sue gossip website Gawker for $1m for helping to leak his The Hateful Eight screenplay.


VIDEO: Film features plight of African park 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:22:06 GMT 
    The lethal realities of life in Virunga National Park are the subject of a British documentary which has just had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.


VIDEO: Calm returns to Rio favela after riots 
  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:07:33 GMT 
    The BBC's Wyre Davies visits the Pavaozinho complex the day after riots broke out following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police.


VIDEO: Can Obama perfect the Japanese bow? 
  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 03:27:29 GMT 
    President Obama is under pressure to perfect his Japanese etiquette during his official tour of the country.
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