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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. 
North Sea oil summit announced  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 18:52:40 GMT
Aberdeen City Council announces it is to hold a summit to look at the challenges facing the North Sea oil industry. 
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. 
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.