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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:39:18 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Contemporary art on show in DR Congo  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:43:11 GMT
The Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting its first ever contemporary arts biennial where local talent Freddy Tsimba will display his work. 
VIDEO: Can Pakistan unite against Taliban?  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:53:10 GMT
BBC reporter Nick Childs gauges the mood in Pakistan following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar and looks at the government's response. 
VIDEO: Millionaire sues ski slope chippy  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:04:04 GMT
A former chief executive of one of the world's biggest cosmetics firms is suing a fast food stall near his holiday home in the French Alps. 
VIDEO: US navy develops 'fish' robot  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:18:22 GMT
The US military has been showing off its latest catch. 
A comedy of terrors - in four acts  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 18:18:47 GMT
The story of how a Christmas Day movie was forced off movie screens is a comedy and a tragedy - with a larger question not yet answered. 
US-Cuba deal has vocal critics  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:07:03 GMT
Not everyone is happy with the news that the US and Cuba are working toward normalised diplomatic relations. Critics worry that the US gave away too much and will weaken allies around the globe. 
What did UK know about CIA practices?  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:40:23 GMT
Mark Urban explores the question of what the UK knew about rendition and interrogation techniques, in the wake of the US Senate report that criticised the CIA. 
Cuba's economy set to get a boost  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:58:53 GMT
The Cuban embargo is the US's longest-running trade sanction. With the move by US President Barack Obama to ease some of the provisions, how will Cuba's economy change? 
Watch list questions over Sydney gunman  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:02:16 GMT
Questions mount over why the Sydney siege gunman was not being monitored more closely, by security agencies or the courts, reports the BBC's Wendy Frew. 
Sony Pictures hack - whodunnit?  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:20:38 GMT
As Sony counts the cost of a devastating breach, the question is now who is responsible? 
What are negative interest rates?  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:04:07 GMT
Switzerland's National Bank is to impose a negative interest rate of minus 0.25% on large deposits - but what are negative rates, and why do banks bring them in? 
What is behind the US-Cuba thaw?  Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:15:12 GMT
After the announcement of a "historic shift" in US-Cuba relations, how will the lives of Cubans change and how will the changes be received in Cuba and the US? 
Man finds Elizabeth Gallagher for trip  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:38:34 GMT
A Canadian man finds a woman with the same name as his ex-girlfriend to travel with after booking a three-week holiday before they split up. 
George III drawing is uncovered  Thu, 18 Dec 2014 06:03:10 GMT
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by King George III during his period of "madness" is discovered at the British Library.