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Schmidt book labels China online menace: report

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that in his coming book, Google chairman Eric Schmidt brands China an Internet menace that sanctions cyber crime for economic and political gain.

Schmidt book labels China online menace: report
Rage in Timbuktu over priceless destroyed manuscripts
Rage in Timbuktu over priceless destroyed manuscripts

"They are not Muslims, they are bandits!" raged Mohamed Elher Ag Abba, whose house flanks a famed archive in Timbuktu where retreating Islamists burnt priceless ancient books and manuscripts before fleeing.

Rage in Timbuktu over priceless destroyed manuscripts
Mantel wins Costa award for 'Bring Up The Bodies'
Mantel wins Costa award for 'Bring Up The Bodies'

Hilary Mantel won Britain's Costa Book Award on Tuesday for her novel "Bring Up The Bodies", which has now done the double having claimed the Booker Prize.

Mantel wins Costa award for 'Bring Up The Bodies'
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'Finnegans Wake' is new Chinese publishing hit

A new Chinese translation of "Finnegans Wake", renowned for its linguistic difficulty in the original, is proving a hit in China -- although one academic called the author James Joyce "mentally ill".

'Finnegans Wake' is new Chinese publishing hit
Teen author Stefan Bachmann reaps full-grown success
Teen author Stefan Bachmann reaps full-grown success

Stefan Bachmann is only 19, but his darkly mysterious debut novel set in a parallel world of faeries, goblins and child snatchers has already earned him comparisons to J.K. Rowling, Dickens and Dostoyevsky.

Teen author Stefan Bachmann reaps full-grown success
Popol Vuh: the Mayan holy book
Popol Vuh: the Mayan holy book

Before the creation of the Earth, there was only silence and darkness, only the sky and the sea until the deities Tepeu and Gucumatz created trees, animals and man -- so says the Mayan holy book.

Popol Vuh: the Mayan holy book
Hans Christian Andersen's first fairy tale found
Hans Christian Andersen's first fairy tale found

A Danish researcher has stumbled across the first fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen in Denmark's national archives.

Hans Christian Andersen's first fairy tale found
50 years since Solzhenitsyn Gulag story shocked USSR
50 years since Solzhenitsyn Gulag story shocked USSR

The Soviet Union 50 years ago allowed publication of Alexander Solzhenitsyn's landmark account of life in the Stalin prison camps "One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich", shocking readers by revealing a hitherto hidden horror.

50 years since Solzhenitsyn Gulag story shocked USSR
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Bridget Jones set to return in third novel next year

The accident-prone British thirty-something Bridget Jones is to return in a third novel next year, her creator Helen Fielding announced on Friday.

Bridget Jones set to return in third novel next year
E L James, author of Fifty Shades of Grey. ©REUTERS
'Fifty Shades' aiming to seduce in Japan

Erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey" will hit Japanese bookshelves this week, its publisher said Tuesday, hoping to repeat the breathless success it has enjoyed around the world.

'Fifty Shades' aiming to seduce in Japan
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S. Korea lifts ban on French erotic novel by de Sade

South Korea has lifted a ban on the erotic novel "The 120 Days of Sodom" by the 18th-century French nobleman and writer the Marquis de Sade, just weeks after barring it for "extreme obscenity".

S. Korea lifts ban on French erotic novel by de Sade
Potter author's first grown-up novel 'best I can do'
Potter author's first grown-up novel 'best I can do'

Harry Potter author JK Rowling spent the day "trying to avoid newspapers" as her first novel for grown-ups hit the bookshops, but she is confident the book is "the best I can do", she told fans.

Potter author's first grown-up novel 'best I can do'
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Sex, drugs and village politics in Potter author's new novel

Harry Potter author JK Rowling bids goodbye to the boy wizard on Thursday when she releases her first novel for adults, a gritty tale of poverty and politics in an idyllic English village.

Sex, drugs and village politics in Potter author's new novel
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Tallest ever dog revealed in new Guinness Book of Records

A Great Dane who towers 2.2 metres (7 feet 4 inches) on his hind legs is named the tallest dog ever recorded in the latest Guinness Book of World Records launched on Thursday.

Tallest ever dog revealed in new Guinness Book of Records
Navy SEAL could face charges for spilling secrets: US
Navy SEAL could face charges for spilling secrets: US

A former Navy SEAL who penned a book on the clandestine raid that killed Osama bin Laden revealed classified information in his first-hand account and could face criminal charges.

Navy SEAL could face charges for spilling secrets: US
SEAL's book: hair dye but no bullets in bin Laden's room
SEAL's book: hair dye but no bullets in bin Laden's room

When US Navy SEALs gunned down Osama bin Laden in his bedroom, it was up to one commando to take photos that would serve as proof of the Al-Qaeda leader's bloody demise.

SEAL's book: hair dye but no bullets in bin Laden's room
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On SEAL's book, Pentagon keeps legal options open

The Pentagon has not decided whether a book by a former US Navy SEAL on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden exposes state secrets but it is keeping its legal options open.

On SEAL's book, Pentagon keeps legal options open
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'Hunger Games' dethrone Potter at Amazon.com

Amazon.com on Friday announced that "The Hunger Games" trilogy has replaced the "Harry Potter" saga as the online retail giant's best-selling series of books.

'Hunger Games' dethrone Potter at Amazon.com
EMI releasing classics that inspired 'Fifty Shades'
EMI releasing classics that inspired 'Fifty Shades'

Recording label EMI Classics said Tuesday it is releasing a compilation of classical music that inspired the author of the erotic "Fifty Shades of Grey" trilogy.

EMI releasing classics that inspired 'Fifty Shades'
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Nazarbayev's official biography published

A group of researchers and historians spent two years studying archived documents and video materials to discover new facts in Nazarbayev’s biography.

Nazarbayev's official biography published