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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Sat, 25 Oct 2014 04:38:41 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Exhibition on a changing Afghanistan  Thu, 23 Oct 2014 23:45:29 GMT
The Imperial War Museum's latest exhibition focuses on Afghanistan as British troops prepare to leave. 
VIDEO: WW1: The Famine of Mount Lebanon  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:05:53 GMT
As a proportion of the total population, more people died in Greater Syria than anywhere else in the world during the First World War. In Mount Lebanon a third of the population died of famine and disease. 
VIDEO: The smartphone that answers back  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 00:23:50 GMT
How one manufacturer is making its smartphone really stand out from the crowd. 
VIDEO: Could amputees re-grow lost limbs?  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:49:14 GMT
Amputees could one day re-grow their missing limbs, according to researchers at Imperial College London. 
The Queen sends her first tweet  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:51:47 GMT
The Queen sends her first tweet to launch the London Science Museum's ambitious new Information Age gallery. 
Gold prizes for Dubai commuters  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:36:31 GMT
The emirate wants people to get out of their cars to ease traffic congestion. 
UK anger at £1.7bn EU cash demand  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:06:37 GMT
UK politicians react angrily to demands for an extra £1.7bn (2.1bn euros) contribution towards the European Union's budget due to the country's better economic performance. 
Banana splits as Chiquita chops deal  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 21:09:29 GMT
Shareholders in US banana distributor Chiquita vote against a merger deal with Irish rival Fyffes in favour of a higher offer. 
Hailo says Uber blocked investors  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 17:41:35 GMT
After pulling out of the US, taxi app Hailo complains that rival Uber is blocking potential investors from offering funding. 
Dark Souls II named game of the year  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 16:40:38 GMT
DayZ, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and Assassins Creed are also among the winners. 
Cliff Richard police raid 'inept'  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:10:39 GMT
The handling of a police raid at the home of veteran pop star Sir Cliff Richard is described as inept by the Commons Home Affairs Committee. 
Alvin Stardust album gets early release  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:13:07 GMT
The release of Alvin Stardust's final album, his first in 30 years, is brought forward following his death. 
Science chief warns on acid oceans  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 05:18:50 GMT
The UK's chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions. 
EU leaders agree CO2 emissions cut  Fri, 24 Oct 2014 08:59:54 GMT
The EU agrees what it calls "the world's most ambitious" deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, overcoming deep divisions.