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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:55:47 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Iraq PM: No bricks unturned in IS fight  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 16:17:57 GMT
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has told the BBC he welcomes Western efforts to fight Islamic State in his country. 
VIDEO: 'Our houses are being destroyed'  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 08:30:19 GMT
Rengin Arslan reports from the Turkey-Syria border, where strangers are helping families fleeing attacks by Islamic State. 
VIDEO: How is Dallas reacting to Ebola?  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:30:42 GMT
People in Dallas, Texas, give their reaction to the news that the first man to be diagnosed with Ebola while in the US was admitted to hospital in their city. 
VIDEO: Gun battle spills on to Rio street  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:06:53 GMT
A busy road in Rio de Janeiro is brought to a halt by a gun battle between soldiers and gang members. 
Japan in $617bn 'fat finger' error  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:48:37 GMT
Japan's stock markets were rattled after a trading error caused more than $600bn (£370bn) worth of orders to be made and then cancelled. 
Horowitz to write new Bond novel  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:54:48 GMT
Anthony Horowitz, best-selling author of the Alex Rider teenage spy adventures, becomes the latest writer invited to pen a new James Bond novel. 
ECB to start asset buying programme  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 13:38:29 GMT
The European Central Bank says it will start its asset buying programme later this month as it keeps its benchmark interest rate at 0.05%. 
Ukraine GDP 'to shrink 8% this year'  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 11:07:41 GMT
Ukraine's economy is likely to suffer more than previously predicted because of the conflict in the east of the country, the World Bank has said. 
EU commissioner: Nude celebs 'dumb'  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 23:07:14 GMT
Celebrities who had intimate pictures of themselves leaked onto the internet were "dumb" for taking them, the EU's new digital commissioner says. 
Patients' app diagnoses 'not useful'  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 15:12:29 GMT
More patients are going to their GP and telling them what treatment they need based on information from apps and the internet, a survey suggests. 
Singer Lynsey de Paul dies aged 64  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:17:40 GMT
Singer and songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, following a suspected brain haemorrhage. 
Curtain falls on Kate Bush comeback  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 10:43:31 GMT
Singer Kate Bush performs the last of a series of 22 comeback concerts in London, suggesting it will be "a while" before she appears on stage again. 
Sharks can be 'social or solitary'  Thu, 02 Oct 2014 03:17:59 GMT
A UK study finds that the most feared predators in the sea have individual personalities, which determine how readily they socialise. 
Moon's hidden valley system revealed  Wed, 01 Oct 2014 18:44:28 GMT
Scientists identify a huge rectangular feature on the Moon that is probably the buried remains of an ancient rift valley system.