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"Nothing more rapidly inclines a person to go into a monastery than reading a book on etiquette. There are so many trivial ways in which it is possible to commit some social sin."

—Quentin Crisp (b. 1908) British author

 

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Militants claim deadly Kenya attack  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:49:12 GMT
Militants from Somali group al-Shabab say they attacked a bus in northern Kenya, killing 28 people, in revenge for security raids on mosques. 
West 'seeks Russia regime change'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:26:46 GMT
Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. 
Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:53 GMT
The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says. 
'Big gaps' hamper Iran nuclear talks  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:19:01 GMT
Important sticking points remain in talks with Iran, Western powers warn, as negotiations on Tehran's nuclear programme enter their final stages. 
Iraq troops battle IS in Ramadi  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:18:21 GMT
Iraq's army launches an operation to retake parts of Ramadi in Anbar province, a major city largely controlled by Islamic State militants. 
Thai king's absence sparks concern  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:24:17 GMT
King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand fails to appear for a scheduled event, raising fresh concerns about his health. 
Madagascar plague outbreak kills 40  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:38:35 GMT
An outbreak of plague in Madagascar has killed 40 people and infected dozens of others, the World Health Organization says. 
US 'to expand' Afghan combat role  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:30:28 GMT
US troops in Afghanistan will have a broader role than initially planned next year, as their combat mission draws to a close, US officials say. 
Bahrain holds disputed election  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:55:52 GMT
Voters are going to the polls in Bahrain's first parliamentary elections since Arab Spring protests in 2011, but many Shias are urging a boycott. 
Portugal ex-PM held over tax fraud  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:24:13 GMT
The former prime minister of Portugal, Jose Socrates, has been arrested in Lisbon as part of an investigation into money-laundering and bribery. 
Mexico vows action on rule of law  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 03:05:58 GMT
Mexico's government vows to take action on the rule of law and restore credibility in institutions, after the disappearance of 43 students. 
Brown's father urges calm in Ferguson  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 04:10:29 GMT
The father of a man shot dead by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for peace ahead of a grand jury decision against the officer. 
VIDEO: Ukraine uprising: One year on  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 22:40:38 GMT
Services have been held in Ukraine to mark the anniversary of the mass protests which sparked the downfall of former president Viktor Yanukovych. 
VIDEO: 100-year-old sees ocean for first time  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:36:19 GMT
The moment a 100-year-old American woman, Ruby Holt, sees the ocean for the first time. 
VIDEO: YouTube studios for internet stars  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:27:26 GMT
YouTube is investing millions of dollars to set up professional studios which are free to use for anyone who has at least five thousand subscribers.