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Director Joss Whedon quits Twitter 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 12:19:40 GMT 
    Director Joss Whedon deletes his Twitter account, following criticism of his latest film, Age of Ultron.


Court says Skype's name is confusing 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 15:05:25 GMT 
    Skype is unable to get an EU-wide trademark for its brand because a court believes its name is too similar to the broadcaster Sky's.


Avengers film storms US box office 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 10:32:24 GMT 
    Avengers: Age of Ultron tops the US and Canada box office with $191.3m (£126.5m) in its opening weekend, but fails to beat the debut of 2012's Avengers film.


Django actress to apologise to police 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 15:00:38 GMT 
    An actress who was investigated by police after a report she had sex in a car in public is ordered to apologise to officers, after admitting disturbing the peace.


LHC restart sees first collisions 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 13:40:43 GMT 
    For the first time since 2013, the Large Hadron Collider smashes protons together - albeit at fairly low energies for now.


Ice cores show 200-year climate lag 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 15:55:40 GMT 
    Scientists find 200 year lag time between past climate events at poles, according to a new study in Nature.


Ovarian cancer blood test 'boost' 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 01:27:34 GMT 
    A 14-year UK trial of regular blood tests shows such success in early detection of ovarian cancer that it could lead to a national screening programme.


Surge in Brazil dengue fever cases 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 09:49:48 GMT 
    Brazil registers nearly 746,000 cases of the mosquito-borne disease dengue fever with nine states experiencing an epidemic, officials say.


Pacquiao accused of dishonesty 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 16:43:10 GMT 
    Manny Pacquiao faces shoulder surgery amid claims he did not disclose his injury to officials before fighting Floyd Mayweather.


McClaren turns down Newcastle job 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 11:06:36 GMT 
    Derby's Steve McClaren turns down the chance to become Newcastle boss for the final three matches of the season.


The man who cut out his own appendix 
  Mon, 04 May 2015 23:41:50 GMT 
    Russian surgeon, Leonid Rogozov, got appendicitis while on an Antarctic mission - he had to operate on himself.


Canadian mother fights radicalisation 
  Mon, 04 May 2015 23:35:19 GMT 
    How do young people 6,000 miles away from Syria get sucked into its conflict - and how do you stop it happening?


Iran bans 'evil spiky hair' 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 08:30:29 GMT 
    The head of Iran's Barbers Union says that tattoos and eye brow plucking is also banned in the strict Islamic country.


Man leaves holiday cash in will 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 13:05:21 GMT 
    A man leaves a group of his friends £3,500 in his will, with the condition they spend it on a holiday.


Burundi court backs third-term bid 
  Tue, 05 May 2015 16:29:13 GMT 
    Burundi's constitutional court rules that President Pierre Nkurunziza's third-term bid is legal, after one of its judges reportedly flees the country.
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"If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skulls, then why do we read it? Good God, we also would be happy if we had no books and such books that make us happy we could, if need be, write ourselves. What we must have are those books that come on us like ill fortune, like the death of one we love better than ourselves, like suicide. A book must be an ice axe to break the sea frozen inside us."

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