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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:44:37 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: The battle to protect gates of Baghdad  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:50:42 GMT
Iraqi ground forces, backed by air strikes, have been involved in fierce fighting with Islamic State (IS) militants in a town west of Baghdad. 
VIDEO: Clintons leave hospital with baby  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:19:07 GMT
Chelsea Clinton leaves a New York hospital with her baby daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky. 
VIDEO: Brazil's silent abortion dilemma  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:29:18 GMT
Julio Carneiro looks at why so many Brazilians still oppose the legalisation of abortion, despite a series of recent deaths. 
VIDEO: Obama woos Modi at White House  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:29:51 GMT
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is invited to the White House by President Obama after 10 years of being shunned by Washington. 
Pakistan plane video man sacked  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:57:20 GMT
A man who filmed passengers preventing Pakistan's former interior minister from boarding a plane for being late is sacked from his job. 
VIDEO: False widow bite leads to amputation  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:26:11 GMT
A woman has had her finger amputated - and told she was within hours of death - after being bitten by a false widow spider. 
eBay to split off PayPal business  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:00:52 GMT
E-commerce site eBay is planning to split off its payments system PayPal into a separate company next year. 
Argentina defies US over debt payment  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:20:38 GMT
Argentina deposits $161m in bond interest payments with the state-controlled Nacion Fideicomisos bank, in an effort to skirt US court rulings. 
Thousands flock to 'anti-Facebook'  Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:42:52 GMT
Ad-free social media platform Ello overcomes a technical setback to continue its rapid growth, but one expert questions its business model. 
Threat posed by voice activation  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:35:49 GMT
Voice-activation functions on smartphones and other devices can be a significant security risk, warn researchers. 
Chinese cinema set for record year  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 10:41:50 GMT
Chinese cinema box office revenue surges 32% in the first nine months of the year, figures show. 
Marcos art seized in Philippines  Tue, 30 Sep 2014 14:03:41 GMT
Artworks belonging to former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos are seized by authorities who claim they were acquired with embezzled state funds. 
New images from Flight MH370 hunt  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 17:24:12 GMT
The team looking for missing flight MH370 releases detailed images of the seabed for the first time, revealing extinct volcanoes and deep depressions. 
Complex molecule discovered in space  Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:56:38 GMT
The discovery of a branched carbon molecule 27,000 light-years from Earth suggests the building blocks of life may be ubiquitous throughout the galaxy.