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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 21:13:48 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Hurricane Odile stuns Mexico resorts  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:10:26 GMT
Hurricane Odile causes devastation in the beach resorts of Mexico's Baja California peninsula, triggering looting in some areas. 
VIDEO: Dr Edhi: A life helping Pakistan's poor  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:06:37 GMT
Sixty years ago, Abdul Sattar Edhi gave up everything to start a charitable organisation, dedicated to improving the lives of the poor in Pakistan. 
VIDEO: Why are London pavements exploding?  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:43:13 GMT
Two van drivers had a lucky escape after a pavement explosion in central London which was caught on CCTV. 
VIDEO: 'Audacious' comet landing site chosen  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 11:20:37 GMT
Europe's Rosetta mission team, which aims to touch down on a 4km-wide comet later this year, identifies what they think is the safest place to land a small robot craft. 
Tardy ex-minister chased off plane  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:11:43 GMT
Irate passengers prevent a senior Pakistani politician from boarding a flight, after they were kept on board for two hours until he arrived. 
Goldfish has brain operation  Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:46:37 GMT
An Australian goldfish called George is recovering from successful microsurgery in which a large tumour was removed from his brain. 
Russians urged 'don't panic'  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:33:04 GMT
Russian authorities urged people not to panic on Tuesday as the rouble fell to a new all-time low against the US dollar amid concerns about the effect of sanctions on the country's economy. 
Global firms 'need new tax rules'  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:27:18 GMT
Moves to tackle corporate tax avoidance on a global scale are unveiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 
Giant sensor for Panasonic phone  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:02:12 GMT
Panasonic unveils a hybrid smartphone-camera, at the Photokina trade show in Cologne. 
Judge overturns Uber ban in Germany  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:50:41 GMT
A German judge has overturned a temporary injunction which banned Uber from operating one of its services in the country. 
Clooney to receive honorary Globe  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 07:25:50 GMT
US actor, director and producer George Clooney is to receive an honorary award at next year's Golden Globes. 
Thompson 'wept' over stage return  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:57:05 GMT
Actress Emma Thompson says her recent stage comeback in Sweeney Todd brought her to tears and that it is a "dream come true" to bring the production to London. 
Red card for 'greenest' government  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 01:44:59 GMT
The government is failing to reduce air pollution, protect biodiversity and prevent flooding, a cross-party body of MPs says. 
Climate change remedies 'affordable'  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:57:55 GMT
A global commission says the extra costs of tackling climate change will be 'modest', but doing nothing could put the world economy at risk.