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Meryl Streep in Sydney Pollack’s 1985 film Out of Africa, which revived interest in the 1937 memoir by  Karen Blixen or Isak Dinsen in which it was based. It drew on her experiences running a coffee-plantation in Kenya, at first with her husband, then on her own. An eccentric Danish aristocrat may not seem the most likely chronicler of life in Africa but she is a natural storyteller, blessed with a precise, elegant and commendable flair for ironic epigrams

(...) terrific read. The Darling by Russell Banks (2004) One of America’s most consistently underpraised(...)

Police officials in the  area around the huge ranch after the fierce battle in which over 40 are reported dead

More than 40 people have been killed in what authorities said was a fierce battle between suspected drug gang gunmen and government forces on a ranch (...)

 Billy Graham at his home  near Asheville, North Carolina in 2006. Photograph:  Charles Ommanney/Getty Images

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At least 39 people were killed on Friday in western Mexico during a battle between suspected gang members and security forces, two government official(...)

Colombian soldiers carry the body of a comrade killed after a rebel attack in La Esperanza village, Colombia, last month. Farc rebels on Friday suspended a ceasefire after government troops killed 26 of its fighters. Photograph: Reuters/Jaime Saldarriaga/Files

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Daring rescue: police save dog from flash-flood swollen river 1:20

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RTÉ has made basic errors and editorial misjudgments, argues David Blake Knox, the most blatant of which was the entry of Dustin the Turkey in 2008. What was apparently intended to show Europe that we did not take ourselves – or the contest – too seriously, backfired and became a national embarrassment. Photograph: Getty Images

(...)’s Te Deum. There is still no prize for the winning act. In talent shows, like America’s Got Talent, the(...)

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‘This year was marked by lots of flaws, the most annoying being a frequent insistence on unnecessary loudness.’ Photograph: Jason Clarke Photography 3:28

(...) my heart warmed to the cheer of America’s Jason Stoll in Villa-Lobos’s A Prole do Bebê, though not to(...)