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"I think a good novel would be where a bunch of men on a ship are looking for a whale. They look and look, but you know what? They never find him. And you know why they never find him? It doesn't say. The book leaves it up to you, the reader, to decide. Then, at the very end, there's a page you can lick and it tastes like Kool-Aid."

—Jack Handey [Deep Thoughts], Recurring Saturday Night Live comedy bit

 

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Israel and Gaza trade fresh fire 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:21:25 GMT 
    Israel and militants in the Gaza Strip continue to trade fire after Israel vows to press on with its offensive to stop rocket attacks.


Fresh US push to solve Afghan crisis 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 10:22:30 GMT 
    US Secretary of State John Kerry holds fresh talks with the two candidates of the Afghan presidential vote who accuse each other of electoral fraud.


Ramones punks founder Tommy dies 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 09:02:08 GMT 
    Tommy Ramone, the drummer and last surviving original member of influential US punk band The Ramones, has died aged 65, the group announces.


Iraq forces 'killed Sunni prisoners' 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:34:22 GMT 
    Iraqi forces and affiliated militias appear to have executed at least 255 prisoners in June while fleeing advancing Isis militants, a rights group says.


China businessman 'hacked US firms' 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 12:13:56 GMT 
    US officials charge a Chinese businessman with hacking into the systems of Boeing and other large defence contractors to steal military data.


US labs 'mishandled deadly germs' 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 23:02:10 GMT 
    US government infectious disease labs mishandled dangerous pathogens five times in the last decade, according to a health agency report.


Rio ramps up security for Cup final 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:46:48 GMT 
    Rio de Janeiro's largest ever security operation - involving 25,000 security personnel - is being planned for the World Cup final on Sunday, officials say.


Lord Carey backs assisted dying 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 11:36:51 GMT 
    A former Archbishop of Canterbury says he will back moves to make it legal for terminally ill people in England and Wales to get help to end their lives.


Ukraine vows action over army deaths 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:36:39 GMT 
    The Ukrainian president says his forces will destroy pro-Russian separatists who killed more than 20 soldiers in the east on Friday.


Harry Potter actor Legeno found dead 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:09:07 GMT 
    Actor Dave Legeno, who played Fenrir Greyback in the Harry Potter films, was found dead in California's Death Valley last weekend, authorities say.


Putin begins Americas visit in Cuba 
  Sat, 12 Jul 2014 04:48:08 GMT 
    Russian President Vladimir Putin begins a visit to Latin America in Cuba, meeting leader Raul Castro and ex-President Fidel Castro.


Balotelli gun message to 'haters' 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:02:51 GMT 
    AC Milan and Italy footballer Mario Balotelli posts a picture of himself pointing a gun at the camera with a message "a big kiss to all the haters".


VIDEO: Israeli strikes death toll 'hits 100' 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:27:18 GMT 
    Israel's prime minister says his country is prepared to use all its military power to stop rocket attacks by Palestinian militants despite growing international pressure for a ceasefire.


VIDEO: Video 'shows Ukraine bridge blown-up' 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:21:54 GMT 
    Amateur footage has emerged purporting to show the moment a Ukrainian bridge was blown-up.


VIDEO: Lindsay Lohan in London 'for good'? 
  Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:35:49 GMT 
    Actress Lindsay Lohan is set to make her West End debut in David Mamet's Speed-The-Plow later this year.
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