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—Joseph Wood Krutch (1893-1970) American critic, natrualist, writer, The Modern Temper

 

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US-Bangladesh writer hacked to death  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:16:00 GMT
A US-Bangladeshi blogger whose campaigning for a secular society in Bangladesh angered Islamists is hacked to death on a street in the capital Dhaka. 
Most-wanted Mexico drug lord held  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:45:09 GMT
Mexican security forces confirm the arrest of the country's most wanted drug lord - Knights Templar chief Servando 'La Tuta' Gomez. 
Snatched baby found after 17 years  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:21:02 GMT
A South African girl has been found 17 years after she was stolen from her mother shortly after being born in a Cape Town hospital. 
PM defends spies over 'Jihadi John'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:03:55 GMT
The UK prime minister defends the security services against criticisms they failed to stop the man known as "Jihadi John" from joining Islamic State in Syria. 
Eight die in series of US shootings  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:42:40 GMT
Eight people have been killed and one person injured in a series of shootings in the US state of Missouri, police say. 
Spaniards 'joined Ukraine rebels'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:54:56 GMT
Authorities in Spain arrest eight people accused of travelling to eastern Ukraine to fight alongside pro-Russian rebels. 
Mugabe admits land reform flaws  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:29:12 GMT
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe admits failures in the country's controversial land reform programme, saying some farms were "too big". 
German MPs back Greek loan extension  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:28:46 GMT
German MPs vote overwhelmingly to extend financial aid to Greece by another four months, despite public scepticism. 
Putin cuts staff's salaries by 10%  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:46 GMT
Russia's president says he is cutting the salaries of his staff by 10%, as Russia's finances are hit by low oil prices and Western sanctions. 
Cut music to 'an hour a day' - WHO  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:27:20 GMT
Teenagers are at risk of permanent hearing loss by listening to music "too much, too loud", the World Health Organization says. 
Gary Glitter jailed for 16 years  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:11:53 GMT
Former pop star Gary Glitter is jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three young girls between 1975 and 1980. 
Iraq minorities 'wipeout threat'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:22:47 GMT
Iraqi minority groups are subject to a "systematic strategy" by IS to drive them out of the country, human rights groups warn. 
HK woman jailed for abusing maid  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 05:55:01 GMT
A Hong Kong woman is jailed for six years for severely abusing her Indonesian maid, in a case that sparked international concern. 
Pakistan climbers' 'killers' escape  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:44:33 GMT
Two militants on trial for killing a group of mountaineers in Pakistan in 2013 have broken out of prison, police say. 
Ugandan police 'abuse gay people'  Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:21:00 GMT
Ugandan police harass and physically abuse gay people in custody, including subjecting them to intrusive examinations, a rights report says.