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"Beyond the formative effects of reading on the individuals composing society, the fact that they have read the same books gives them experiences and ideas in common. These constitute a kind of shorthand of ideas which helps make communication quicker and more efficient. That is what we mean when we say figuratively of another person, We speak the same language."

—Charles Scribner, Jr.


World News From BBC

Greek 'No' vote ahead - early results 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:35:16 GMT 
    Results from Greek bailout referendum based on 15% of votes counted suggest that Greeks have rejected international bailout terms.

Air strikes on Syria IS stronghold 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:10:25 GMT 
    The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group carries out an air assault on its Raqqa stronghold in Syria.

Blatter blames politics for Qatar vote 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 12:27:34 GMT 
    French and German presidents applied pressure prior to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup votes, says Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Boko Haram attack caps bloody week 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:05:59 GMT 
    Boko Haram militants are blamed for a suicide bomb attack in a Nigerian church at the end of a week in which more than 200 people were killed.

Pope starts Latin American visit 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 14:55:01 GMT 
    Pope Francis is travelling to Ecuador as part of his second trip to South America since becoming pontiff in 2013.

Iran deal 'possible this week' 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 15:45:07 GMT 
    A deal with Iran on its contentious nuclear programme is possible this week, US Secretary of State John Kerry says at talks in Vienna.

Princess Charlotte is christened 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 17:22:06 GMT 
    Princess Charlotte is christened at a church in Sandringham after the Cambridges make their first public outing as a family of four.

Hamilton wins thrilling British GP 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 14:59:12 GMT 
    Lewis Hamilton battled through a bad start and late-race rain to win an action-packed British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Clinton accuses China of hacking US 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:04:43 GMT 
    US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking US computers and stealing commercial secrets and government information.

Mass vaccination call for rabies 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 00:01:05 GMT 
    Renewed efforts are needed to vaccinate dogs against rabies, health experts warn.

Kindness for boy 'afraid' of being gay 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 10:33:00 GMT 
    Ellen DeGeneres and Hilary Clinton are among those comforting a homosexual boy who is "afraid" of his future.

Micronesia hammered 38-0 by Fiji 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 11:19:43 GMT 
    Micronesia suffer the biggest defeat in international football history after losing 38-0, but may escape the record books.

VIDEO: What is the Greek referendum about? 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:26:23 GMT 
    Mark Lowen explains the background and implications of Sunday's vote on the Greek debt crisis, from a beach near Athens.

VIDEO: Royal family arrives for christening 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 16:05:04 GMT 
    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrive at the Church of St Mary Magdalene in Sandringham for the christening of their daughter, Princess Charlotte.

VIDEO: Building a stage fit for a Pope 
  Sun, 05 Jul 2015 13:05:08 GMT 
    Pope Francis is due to arrive in Ecuador at the start of a seven-day tour of South America.
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