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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:02:38 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: The man who invented impressionism  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:34:45 GMT
Will Gompertz takes a look at the Inventing Impressionism exhibition at The National Gallery. 
VIDEO: Boston bombing trial begins  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:11:48 GMT
The trial of the man Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, accused of planting bombs at the finishing line of the Boston marathon, begins in the Massachusetts state capital. 
VIDEO: 'Green supercar' unveiled in Geneva  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:51:55 GMT
An "environmentally friendly" supercar has been unveiled at Geneva's International Motor Show. 
VIDEO: Chinese treasures stolen in France  Mon, 02 Mar 2015 23:52:01 GMT
More than a dozen artefacts have been stolen from a Chinese museum near Paris, including a replica of the King of Siam's crown that was given to Napoleon III. 
The lessons from Russia's latest killing  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 01:28:08 GMT
The killing of Boris Nemtsov adds to the growing sense of unease about dark undercurrents in Russian politics, says Bridget Kendall. 
Could Clinton emails shake up 2016 race?  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 17:22:14 GMT
Hillary Clinton relied exclusively on a personal email account during her time as secretary of state. Is this the kind of "unforced error" that could puncture her air of inevitability? 
Can regional force defeat Boko Haram?  Tue, 03 Mar 2015 15:56:37 GMT
Thomas Fessy looks at whether the regional task force has a fighting chance against Nigeria's Boko Haram militant group. 
VIDEO: Ukraine's deadly mines - in 90 secs  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 17:23:55 GMT
Ukraine's latest mining disaster in Donetsk has claimed dozens of lives. But why are the country's mines so dangerous? 
VIDEO: China's military compared - 60 secs  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:39:38 GMT
China's defence budget is set to rise by about 10% in 2015 - here's a quick look at where that places it in the ranks of the world's biggest military spenders. 
Can Iraq's army dislodge Islamic State?  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 06:38:36 GMT
As the Iraqi army tries to dislodge Islamic State militants from Tikrit, Michael Knights looks at whether government troops and volunteer brigades are able take the bigger prize of Mosul. 
Sony VR helmet set for 2016 launch  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 00:44:28 GMT
Sony unveils an upgraded version of its PlayStation virtual reality helmet, which it says will go on sale in the first half of 2016. 
Prince condemns illegal ivory trade  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:02:43 GMT
Prince William condemns illegal wildlife trading and calls for more international help in a speech on the final day of his tour of China. 
India surprises with second rate cut  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 05:07:19 GMT
The Reserve Bank of India cuts its key interest rate, in a surprise move for the second time this year. 
Oligarch given North Sea deadline  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 19:52:01 GMT
Russian oligarch Mikhail Fridman has seven days to convince the UK government not to force him to sell newly acquired oil and gas assets in the North Sea. 
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Boston bombing lawyer: 'It was him'  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:18:42 GMT
Blast 'hits Aleppo intelligence HQ'  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:48:33 GMT
'First human' discovered in Ethiopia  Wed, 04 Mar 2015 18:01:40 GMT
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