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—John Burroughs (1837-1921) American naturalist, writer


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IS accused of Syria mass atrocities 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:48:30 GMT 
    The UN accuses IS militants of war crimes, and the Syrian government of using chemical agents in eight separate incidents in a new report.

IMF's Lagarde under investigation 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:30:52 GMT 
    IMF head Christine Lagarde says she has been placed under formal investigation for negligence in a French fraud case but has not been charged.

US girl, nine, kills gun instructor 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:54:31 GMT 
    A nine-year-old girl kills her shooting instructor by accident while being shown how to use an Uzi submachine gun at a firing range in Arizona.

Nigeria closes schools over Ebola 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:58:21 GMT 
    Nigerian schools are ordered to remain shut, delaying the new academic year until 13 October as part of measures to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Afghan election audit suspended 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:18:10 GMT 
    Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah withdraws observers from an audit of votes, citing concerns over fraud.

Ukraine rebels target coastal town 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:36:17 GMT 
    Pro-Russian separatists battle Ukrainian troops and shell the coastal town of Novoazovsk, after President Poroshenko promises a "roadmap" for peace.

Snapchat valued at $10bn by backers 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:24:36 GMT 
    The mobile messaging app Snapchat has been valued at $10bn, according to reports, putting it in the same league as start-ups such as Dropbox and AirBnB.

Concerns grow over Iceland volcano 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:47:08 GMT 
    Overnight earthquakes raise fears that magma from Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano could be heading towards another large volcanic system, scientists say.

Gazans return home as truce holds 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:57:02 GMT 
    Thousands of Palestinians begin to return to their homes as an open-ended ceasefire between Israel and militants in Gaza appears to hold.

Lockheed Martin in space junk deal 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 06:50:44 GMT 
    US defence giant Lockheed Martin is teaming up with an Australian technology firm to track space debris that can damage multi-billion dollar satellites.

Hormone 'protects premature babies' 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 08:01:09 GMT 
    The hormone erythropoietin (EPO) could prevent brain injuries in very premature babies, a study suggests.

Lessing's library donated to Zimbabwe 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:36:18 GMT 
    More than 3,000 books from author Doris Lessing's collection have been given to Zimbabwe after her death.

VIDEO: India's iconic Ambassador car 
  Tue, 26 Aug 2014 23:53:34 GMT 
    Sanjoy Majumder reports on the passing of one of India's best known and trusted icons, the Ambassador.

VIDEO: Kate Bush fans: 'Worth the wait' 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:06:48 GMT 
    Delighted fans took to their feet at London's Hammersmith Apollo to applaud Kate Bush, as she closed her first concert in 35 years on Tuesday night.

VIDEO: Cole and Cowell back to take on Strictly 
  Wed, 27 Aug 2014 10:30:18 GMT 
    The new series of the X Factor is back on television screens from Saturday. Colin Paterson looks at the new judging line-up and the future of the show
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