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VIDEO: Rights for Saudi women 'progressing'  Mon, 04 May 2015 09:15:54 GMT
Saudi Arabia is one of the world's most conservative societies, and the role of women is limited, but some think progress is being made, as Lina Sinjab reports. 
VIDEO: Glass: 'Didn't make a living until 41'  Mon, 04 May 2015 14:42:03 GMT
Philippa Thomas has been speaking to the man who's known as one of the founding fathers of minimalism - Philip Glass 
VIDEO: China-Taiwan relations in 60 secs  Mon, 04 May 2015 16:40:49 GMT
In a clear sign of warming relations the Chinese Premier Xi Jinping has met the head of Taiwan's ruling party. 
VIDEO: Thousands rescued in Mediterranean  Mon, 04 May 2015 13:20:50 GMT
The Italian coastguard says it has rescued nearly 6,000 people from boats in the Mediterranean over the weekend. At least ten bodies were also recovered from the water. 
VIDEO: China's old art of Peking Opera  Sun, 03 May 2015 20:34:00 GMT
Fu Wenyu is one of few young students trying to stop the old theatrical art of Peking Opera from dying out. 
Surveillance law prompts unease in France  Sun, 03 May 2015 23:20:54 GMT
A proposed French law to beef up intelligence-gathering in the face of jihadist violence has provoked outspoken criticism about infringement of civil liberties, says Hugh Schofield 
Indian media facing a backlash in Nepal  Mon, 04 May 2015 11:20:01 GMT
Many in Nepal feel Indian media's coverage of the earthquake has been insensitive and jingoistic, writes Soutik Biswas. 
Saudi king faces changing landscape  Sun, 03 May 2015 23:24:43 GMT
Saudi King Salman has made bold policy choices in his first 100 days but what are the chief concerns of his subjects? 
How does al-Qaeda attract Yemenis?  Sun, 03 May 2015 23:27:50 GMT
Given the vast sums that the US in particular has spent on counterterrorism operations inside Yemen, why has al-Qaeda continued to grow? 
Greece's undeclared domestic default  Mon, 04 May 2015 11:09:17 GMT
Greece has paid wages and pensions and is in talks with the eurozone for more bailout money, but for many Greeks the government is already out of cash. 
Pamela Geller: America's 'bigoted blogger'?  Mon, 04 May 2015 11:00:55 GMT
Pamela Geller is a controversial blogger who has risen to prominence in the US after strident attacks against Islam. 
Astronauts watch Star Wars in space  Mon, 04 May 2015 15:18:06 GMT
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station celebrate Star Wars Day with a movie pick that may surprise some fans. 
Garcia Marquez first edition stolen  Mon, 04 May 2015 09:08:45 GMT
Police in Colombia are investigating the theft from a Bogota book fair of a signed first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. 
McDonald's announces shake-up plans  Mon, 04 May 2015 13:05:36 GMT
Fast-food chain McDonald's announces plans to restructure its business and increase its number of franchised restaurants globally. 
Price rise hurts eurozone factories  Mon, 04 May 2015 10:02:27 GMT
Eurozone factory activity grows at a slower pace after manufacturers raise prices for the first time in eight months, figures show. 
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