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"The experience to be gathered from books, Though often valuable, is but of the nature of learning; Whereas the experience gained from actual life, Is of the nature of wisdom; And a small store of the latter Is worth vastly more than a stock of the former."

—Samuel Smiles (1812-1904) Self Help -1859


World News From BBC

Gunman kills two New York policemen  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:26:40 GMT
A gunman shoots dead two police officers sitting inside a patrol car in New York before killing himself, officials say. 
US insists North Korea behind hack  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:47:59 GMT
The US says North Korea must admit "culpability" for a cyber-attack on Sony Pictures after North Korea suggests a joint inquiry into the attack. 
Afghan Guantanamo inmates freed  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 23:46:45 GMT
Four Afghan detainees at the US prison in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have been sent back to their home country, the Pentagon says. 
Cuba 'will stay on' communist path  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:23:11 GMT
Cuban President Raul Castro hails a recent move to normalise relations with the US but stresses that Havana will not change its political system. 
Russians 'will not cave in' to West  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:22:59 GMT
Russia says it will not "cave in" to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. 
Xi defends 'one-China' idea in Macau  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 14:02:12 GMT
Chinese President Xi Jinping urges Macau residents to respect the "one-China" policy, amid street protests in the former Portuguese colony. 
Lockerbie bomber's guilt reaffirmed  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 19:05:08 GMT
Scotland's top prosecutor says there is no evidence to suggest Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is innocent. 
Cairns children's mother arrested  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:26:13 GMT
Police arrest the mother of seven of the eight children found dead in a home in Cairns, Australia. 
Pakistan forces 'kill five Taliban'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:26:56 GMT
Pakistan army kills five militants in northwest as security is tightened against possible Taliban reprisals for prisoner executions, officials say. 
Liberia holds vote delayed by Ebola  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 15:08:49 GMT
Liberia votes in a senate election that was postponed because of the Ebola outbreak, with ex-footballer George Weah among the candidates. 
'Allahu Akbar' attacker shot in France  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 22:56:05 GMT
Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting "God is great!" in Arabic. 
Madonna releases songs after leak  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 12:37:20 GMT
The singer surprises fans by releasing six tracks from her new album early after songs were leaked online. 
VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:53 GMT
Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s. 
VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:41:31 GMT
Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States. 
VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:19:55 GMT
Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.