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—Alice Walker (b. 1944) American writer, Meridian, The Color Purple


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Call for further cut in sugar intake 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:36:50 GMT 
    The target to reduce sugar consumption should be much more ambitious, health experts say.

Peterson suspended by Vikings 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:21:55 GMT 
    Minnesota Vikings suspend Adrian Peterson from all team activities while facing charges of allegedly hitting his child.

Villa manager Lambert signs new deal 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:21:41 GMT 
    Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert signs a contract extension until June 2018 following an unbeaten start to the season.

VIDEO: Mexico's earthquake 'moles' 
  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:21:36 GMT 
    The aftermath of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake saw the founding of the elite rescue group Los Topos or 'The Moles'

The church described as a 'symbol of evil' 
  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:15:00 GMT 
    Plans to rebuild a church that is linked to Hitler have divided Germany and sparked a row about how the country deals with its past.

South Sudan U-turn on foreigner ban 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:46:09 GMT 
    South Sudan's government says it will not expel foreign workers, annulling a controversial decree it issued a day earlier.

China leader Xi begins India visit 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:47:43 GMT 
    China's President Xi Jinping begins his first official visit to India aiming to improve ties and boost Chinese investment.

Swedish king unhurt after car crash 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:36:03 GMT 
    Swedish King Carl XVI Gustaf's car is badly damaged in a car crash, but he is not hurt, the royal palace says.

Odile storm moves towards Arizona 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:16:04 GMT 
    Tropical storm Odile is moving up Mexico's Baja California peninsula, bringing heavy rains and the threat of mudslides and flash floods.

UN brokers Gaza reconstruction deal 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:36:19 GMT 
    A deal has been agreed by Israeli and Palestinian officials to allow building materials into Gaza for reconstruction, a top UN official says.

US man tried to 'swim to N Korea' 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:29:33 GMT 
    South Korean authorities say they have detained an American man they believe was trying to swim to North Korea.

Driest start to September since 1960 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:18:20 GMT 
    The first half of September has been exceptionally dry across much of the UK, according to provisional statistics from the Met Office.

Officer 'must resign' over PC death 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:57:27 GMT 
    A Greater Manchester Police officer is forced to step down over the fatal shooting of an unarmed colleague during a training exercise.

Child sex abuse 'was endemic in city' 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 17:07:37 GMT 
    The sexual exploitation of teenage girls was "endemic" in Sheffield during the early 2000s, a former care home worker claims.

Ebola trial volunteer immunised 
  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 16:00:12 GMT 
    A trial of an experimental vaccine against the Ebola virus has begun in Oxford.
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