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"If none of us ever read a book that was 'dangerous,' had a friend who was 'different' or joined an organization that advocated 'change,' we would all be just the kind of people Joe McCarthy wants. Whose fault is that? Not really [McCarthy's]. He didn't create this situation of fear. He merely exploited it, and rather successfully."

—Edward R (oscoe) Murrow (1908-65) American news anchor, broadcast journalist

 

World News From BBC

Israel and Hamas truce under way  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:00:41 GMT
Israel and Hamas begin an unconditional 72-hour ceasefire after 24 days of fighting, as talks on a more permanent truce are due in Cairo. 
Multiple Taiwan gas blasts kill 24  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:34:15 GMT
A series of gas explosions in the southern Taiwanese city of Kaohsiung kills at least 24 people and injures about 270 others. 
Sudan 'apostasy' woman arrives in US  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:51:57 GMT
A woman who fled Sudan after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam has arrived in the US state of New Hampshire to start a new life. 
Hopes 'bleak' for landslide missing  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:54:01 GMT
Officials say hopes of finding any more survivors from a landslide that buried a village are fading, as the number of bodies found passes 50. 
DNA project 'to make UK world leader'  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:04:00 GMT
A project aiming to revolutionise medicine by unlocking the secrets of DNA is under way in centres across England. 
Xinjiang imam murder 'suspects shot'  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 04:47:52 GMT
Police have shot dead two suspects in the killing of the imam of China's largest mosque and captured another, state media say. 
Ebola victim heads to US hospital  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 03:36:48 GMT
A hospital in Atlanta is preparing to receive a US aid worker infected with the deadly Ebola virus while working in West Africa. 
US ex-governor's wife 'sought gifts'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:27:27 GMT
The star witness in the corruption trial of Virginia ex-governor Bob McDonnell says the ex-first lady sought gifts in return for business help. 
China manufacturing growth speeds up  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:40:14 GMT
China's factory activity grows at its fastest pace in more than two year in July, the latest in a series of signs that the country's economy may be stabilising. 
Memo reveals response to CIA 'abuse'  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:07:45 GMT
A still-secret Senate report on CIA enhanced interrogations "tells a story of which no American is proud", a leaked White House memo states. 
WTO fails to seal global trade deal  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 22:14:27 GMT
The World Trade Organization says its 160 members have failed to agree a global customs pact drawn up in meetings in Bali last December. 
Sassoon war diaries published online  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:02:21 GMT
Twenty-three journals belonging to the war poet Siegfried Sassoon, many written in the trenches, are being published online for the first time. 
VIDEO: Immersive cinema: Is this the future?  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 23:17:46 GMT
Newsnight reports on the growing popularity of immersive entertainment. 
VIDEO: Poodling along in the gymnasium  Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:50:07 GMT
A new gymnasium exclusively for dogs has opened up in Alexandria, Virginia. 
VIDEO: Axe crashes through windscreen  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 12:24:43 GMT
A car passenger had a lucky escape after an axe flew off the back of a lorry and through the windscreen of the vehicle travelling behind it.