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"A Book of Verses undeneath the Bough, A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness- Oh, Wilderness were Paradise enow!"

—Omar Khayyám (1050?-1123) Persian poet, mathematician, astronomer

 

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US drops arms to Kurds battling IS 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:08:40 GMT 
    US military aircraft drop weapons, ammunition and medical supplies to Kurdish fighters battling IS militants in the key Syrian town of Kobane.


Japanese industry minister quits 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:44:20 GMT 
    Japanese Trade and Industry Minister Yuko Obuchi submits her resignation amid allegations of the misuse of political funds.


Spanish nurse's Ebola test negative 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:39:20 GMT 
    The Spanish nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola outside West Africa has now tested negative for the virus, the government says.


Jokowi sworn in as Indonesia leader 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:47:38 GMT 
    Joko Widodo, the winner of Indonesia's presidential election in July, is sworn in as the leader of the South East Asian nation.


HK protesters deny 'foreign link' 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:15:32 GMT 
    Pro-democracy activists criticise comments by Hong Kong leader CY Leung, who says "external forces" are involved in protests in the territory.


Russia denies submarine incident 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 21:13:33 GMT 
    Russia denies that one of its submarines got into trouble off Sweden, after reports of suspicious activity in the Baltic.


China's communist leaders to gather 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 00:51:31 GMT 
    A key meeting of Chinese Communist Party leaders focusing on the rule of law and fighting corruption is due to begin in Beijing.


Germany faces more transport strikes 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:45:17 GMT 
    Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa airline are set to walk out again, just as train drivers end their weekend of strike action.


Modi party to form state governments 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 03:52:21 GMT 
    India's BJP is set to form governments in Maharashtra and Haryana, after the party won the elections in both states.


Barroso appeals to pro-EU Britons 
  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:26:08 GMT 
    The outgoing European Commission president is to call on pro-European politicians in the UK to make a more positive case for staying in the EU.


Search ends for Nepal survivors 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:12:18 GMT 
    Rescue teams in Nepal say there are no trekkers left stranded, after completing their search for survivors of a Himalayan storm which killed 39.


Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:10:16 GMT 
    A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.


VIDEO: Pitt: Fury 'depicts reality of war' 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:23:48 GMT 
    The London Film Festival closed on Sunday evening with a screening of Brad Pitt's new film Fury.


VIDEO: Why are protesters targeting Mong Kok? 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:03:00 GMT 
    The BBC's Celia Hatton reports on why pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong see the Mong Kok district as key to their movement.


VIDEO: Running a marathon in a smog mask 
  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:08:53 GMT 
    The Chinese capital has been suffering under heavy smog for the past few weeks, but the 34th edition of the Beijing marathon still went ahead on Sunday.
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