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Blind Massage in Golden Horse sweep  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:58:09 GMT
Chinese-French film Blind Massage picks up six awards at Taiwan's 51st Golden Horse awards. 
O'Keeffe work sets female art record  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 09:58:45 GMT
A floral painting by late US artist Georgia O'Keeffe sells for $44.4m (£28.8m) at auction, setting a record for an artwork by a female artist. 
Climate fund receives $9.3bn pledge  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 12:39:16 GMT
Thirty nations meeting in Berlin have pledged $9.3bn (£6bn) for a fund to help developing countries cut emissions and prepare for climate change. 
Embrace the arts, engineers told  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:00:25 GMT
Engineering needs to emphasise its creative side to encourage more young people to take it up as a career, says a leading member of the profession. 
Ebola 'stable' in Guinea - WHO  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:53 GMT
The deadly Ebola outbreak is now "stable" in Guinea, the country where the latest crisis began, the World Health Organization says. 
Female bosses 'more depressed'  Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:59:57 GMT
Women with job authority are more likely than men to display symptoms of depression, according to research in the US. 
Stenson retains World Tour Championship  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:27:32 GMT
Sweden's Henrik Stenson retains his DP World Tour Championship title, finishing two shots ahead of Rory McIlroy. 
Messi will leave 'unreachable' record  Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:09:44 GMT
Lionel Messi's Spanish goalscoring record will never be beaten, according to Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. 
Is winning 100 caps still a big deal?  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:11:40 GMT
Wayne Rooney recently became the ninth English footballer to win 100 caps but is it easier to do this now than it was a generation ago? 
Monsieur Romieu - a 'man of talents'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:12:18 GMT
At a time of international conflict two centuries ago, did Britain assassinate an enemy agent while the world was looking the other way? 
Police in toastie mercy dash  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:39:56 GMT
Officers in New Zealand come to the rescue of a distressed woman who hadn't eaten for three days. 
Writing lessons give way to typing  Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:25:46 GMT
Finnish students will no longer be taught joined-up handwriting, and will get typing lessons instead. 
Kenya bus gunmen 'want religious war'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 22:14:16 GMT
The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is an attempt to start a religious war, an adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta tells the BBC. 
US 'to expand' Afghan combat role  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:30:28 GMT
US troops in Afghanistan will have a broader role than initially planned next year, as their combat mission draws to a close, US officials say. 
West 'seeks Russia regime change'  Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:09:49 GMT
Western sanctions against Russia over its role in Ukraine are aimed at forcing regime change in Moscow, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says.