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"History is a living horse laughing at a wooden horse. History is a wind blowing where it listeth. History is no sure thing to bet on. History is a box of tricks with a lost key. History is a labyrinth of doors with sliding panels, a book of ciphers with the code in a cave of the Saragossa sea. History says, if it pleases, Excuse me, I beg your pardon, it will never happen again if I can help it."

—Carl Sandburg (1878-1967) American writer known for free verse, Smoke and Steel

 

World News From BBC

Deal struck to calm Ukraine crisis  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:48:41 GMT
Russia, Ukraine, the US and the European Union say all sides have agreed to steps to "de-escalate" the crisis in eastern Ukraine at talks in Geneva. 
Weather blights S Korea ferry search  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:09:22 GMT
Bad weather, murky water and strong currents are hampering the search for more than 270 people missing after a South Korean ferry sank. 
Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez dies  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:30:19 GMT
The Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, author of One Hundred Years of Solitude, dies in Mexico aged 87, his family says. 
Deadly attack on South Sudan UN base  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:44:44 GMT
Dozens of civilians sheltering in a UN base in the South Sudan city of Bor have been killed in an attack by armed youths, the UN says. 
Ex-BP worker fined over shares trade  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:10:09 GMT
A BP employee who oversaw the cleanup of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 agrees to settle a charge of insider trading. 
Peru evacuates Ubinas volcano area  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:36:30 GMT
The authorities in Peru say they are evacuating 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, in the south of the country, because of increased activity. 
Pistorius forensic tests challenged  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:50:29 GMT
The tests carried out by a forensic expert for Oscar Pistorius' murder trial are rigorously challenged by the state prosecutor in South Africa. 
French troops free Mali aid workers  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:20:05 GMT
French troops in Mali free five aid workers who were kidnapped in the north of the country by suspected Islamist militants in February. 
Rob Ford launches re-election bid  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:06:39 GMT
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford kicks off his re-election campaign at an event his brother calls "history in the making". 
Iran has 'cut uranium stock' - IAEA  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:04:37 GMT
Iran has neutralised half of its higher-enriched uranium stockpile, in keeping with a deal agreed earlier this year, the world's nuclear watchdog says. 
Mini-sub performs full MH370 search  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:35:38 GMT
A mini-sub searching for the missing Malaysian plane completes a full mission at its third attempt, after technical issues cut the first two short. 
Abu Hamza 'used cover of religion'  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:46:44 GMT
A radical cleric extradited from the UK "used the cover of religion" to hide his part in a global terror campaign, a prosecutor in New York says. 
VIDEO: 'We want to be part of Russia'  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:24:18 GMT
The BBC's Natalia Antelava visits a camp site of the self-declared people's Republic of Donetsk. 
VIDEO: French far-right 'opens arms' to UKIP  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:42:39 GMT
The leader of the French far right-wing Front National party has said that she would welcome collaboration with UKIP with "open arms". 
VIDEO: Pistorius trial shown prosthetic leg  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:35:57 GMT
The prosthetic leg belonging to Oscar Pistorius has been shown to the court during his murder trial. He denies murder, claiming he mistook Reeva Steenkamp for a burglar.