"From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings."
—Helen Hayes (b. 1900) American actress, Academy Award winner
- VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:53 GMT
- Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.
- VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well' Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:19:55 GMT
- Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.
- VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies Sat, 20 Dec 2014 03:41:31 GMT
- Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.
- VIDEO: Spectacular spire climb filmed Fri, 19 Dec 2014 11:17:13 GMT
- Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter.
- VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea? Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:16 GMT
- Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz
- Xi Jinping and his China Dream Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:11:20 GMT
- As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".
- Distrust hampers Pakistan militant control Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:35:04 GMT
- The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.
- VIDEO: How can a fish be a spy? - in 15 secs Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:46:37 GMT
- The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside.
- VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:20 GMT
- The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.
- What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter? Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:30 GMT
- With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?
- VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:40:34 GMT
- The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.
- Facebook users crack card mystery Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:58:15 GMT
- Facebook users solve the mystery of a lost memory card in under an hour after an appeal is posted by a police force.
- Companies face 'bloodbath' in Russia Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:26 GMT
- The chief executive of Renault Nissan says manufacturers in Russia are facing a "bloodbath" because of the plunge in the value of the rouble.
- Apple 'deeply offended' by BBC story Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:05:38 GMT
- Apple has said it is "deeply offended" by a BBC investigation into conditions for workers involved in manufacturing its devices.
- Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT
- The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.