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VIDEO: Top secret space plane lands in US  Sat, 18 Oct 2014 08:07:32 GMT
A unmanned US plane on a top-secret, two-year mission to space has returned to Earth and landed in California. 
VIDEO: Pitt: Fury 'depicts reality of war'  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:23:48 GMT
The London Film Festival closed on Sunday evening with a screening of Brad Pitt's new film Fury. 
VIDEO: Running a marathon in a smog mask  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:08:53 GMT
The Chinese capital has been suffering under heavy smog for the past few weeks, but the 34th edition of the Beijing marathon still went ahead on Sunday. 
VIDEO: 'I'd be lost without poetry'  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:41:51 GMT
Writer and broadcaster Clive James talks about his new volume of essays and how poetry helps him deal with his terminal cancer. 
VIDEO: Ebola: Cuba to send medics to Africa  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 03:54:41 GMT
Cuba's former President Fidel Castro says his country will send almost 300 extra doctors and nurses to Africa. 
VIDEO: Robot dragon versus giant spider  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:32 GMT
Two mythical creatures, a giant spider and a huge dragon, have faced one another in battle at Beijing's Olympic Park. 
Sex emerged in ancient Scottish lake  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 18:17:58 GMT
The first animals to copulate were small fish that lived 385 million years ago in what is now Scotland, a study suggests. 
Russian rouble weakens on downgrade  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:36:21 GMT
The Russian rouble weakens further against the dollar after Moody's downgrades its credit rating, blaming the economic damage caused by sanctions. 
Adidas shares up on Reebok reports  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:59:06 GMT
Shares in sportswear giant Adidas jump 6% after a report says that a group of investors is considering a bid for the company's Reebok brand. 
Minecraft city built in two years  Fri, 17 Oct 2014 17:00:42 GMT
A student from Delaware has spent two years constructing Titan City from 4.5 million Minecraft building blocks. 
Internet trolls face longer sentences  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:22:17 GMT
People who post abusive messages online could face up to two years in jail under new laws proposed by Justice Secretary Chris Grayling. 
Easy Rider motorcycle sold for $1.35m  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 16:35:33 GMT
A customised motorcycle said to have featured in 1969 film Easy Rider is auctioned for $1.35m (£838,821), despite claims it is not authentic. 
Brad Pitt's Fury closes festival  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:17:14 GMT
Brad Pitt says he hopes his new film Fury recognised the trauma suffered by soldiers in World War Two as it closes this year's BFI London Film Festival. 
African solar plan to power UK homes  Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:33:33 GMT
Investors are seeking funding from the UK government for an ambitious plan to import solar energy generated in North Africa. 
Comet Siding Spring skims past Mars  Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:10:16 GMT
A recently discovered comet known as Siding Spring passes Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study the object.