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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 03:43:56 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Kenya's forgotten WW1 heroes  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 01:37:33 GMT
The BBC's Emmanuel Igunza investigates the role of Kenyan soldiers in World War One 
VIDEO: Docks transformed for Alice film  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:12:39 GMT
Gloucester Docks is converted into a film set for the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. 
VIDEO: Tim Vine wins 'funniest joke' award  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:41:24 GMT
Comedian Tim Vine talks to BBC Breakfast about winning the funniest joke at Edinburgh festival and why he thinks being funny 'isn't rocket science'. 
VIDEO: Besson makes Scarlett superhuman  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:16:30 GMT
French film director Luc Besson talks about his new science fiction thriller called Lucy, starring Scarlett Johansson 
Tree-hugging snakes put safety first  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 23:32:32 GMT
For the first time, biologists measure the force applied by climbing snakes and find that they squeeze up to five times harder than necessary. 
US Navy: WW2 wreck found in Java Sea  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:23:11 GMT
The US Navy confirms a wreck on the bottom of the Java sea is the USS Houston, sunk by the Japanese in World War Two with as many as 700 men aboard. 
Standard Chartered fined in US  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 01:47:22 GMT
British bank Standard Chartered has agreed to pay $300m to New York's top banking regulator for failing to improve money laundering controls. 
Japanese exports rebound in July  Wed, 20 Aug 2014 05:43:14 GMT
Exports from Japan show a surprise pick-up in July, reigniting hopes of growth for the world's third largest economy. 
HTC unveils cheaper Windows M8 phone  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:33:35 GMT
The handset maker HTC has unveiled a new smartphone that runs a Windows Phone operating system - the first in more than two years. 
Google cars 'designed to speed'  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:56:27 GMT
Google's driverless cars are programmed to occasionally exceed speed limits by up to 10mph, says the project's lead engineer. 
Reynolds to receive lifetime honour  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 07:32:18 GMT
Veteran screen star Debbie Reynolds is to be given a lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), the organisation announces. 
Bush requests no photos at concerts  Tue, 19 Aug 2014 13:08:34 GMT
Singer Kate Bush requests fans do not take any photographs or record footage using mobile devices at her upcoming live concerts. 
Camouflage sheet inspired by octopus  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:23:25 GMT
Basing their work on the techniques used by octopuses and cuttlefish, US engineers have produced a flexible, colour-changing material. 
Iceland raises volcano alert level  Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:06:56 GMT
The risk of an eruption at Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has increased, as well as the risk level to the aviation industry, meteorologists say.