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VIDEO: India 'looking strong' in World Cup  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:46:24 GMT
India have looked very impressive in the cricket World Cup, and cricket columnist Ayaz Memon has been speaking to the BBC in Mumbai on their chances of winning the tournament. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:21:57 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Bringing a giant puppet eagle to life  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:33:05 GMT
BBC News meets the makers of the giant puppets of Spanish Theatre Company Carros de Foc. 
VIDEO: Londonderry fire temple to peace  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 01:48:57 GMT
A huge temple that overlooked Londonderry for the past week has been burnt down as a gesture of letting go of the past and looking to the future. 
VIDEO: New Orleans airport attacker dies  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:15:14 GMT
A man who was shot by police as he tried to storm a checkpoint at New Orleans international airport on Friday dies from his injuries. 
VIDEO: 3D printing 'builds' Sagrada Familia  Fri, 20 Mar 2015 09:10:10 GMT
How 3D printing is helping with the completion of the Sagrada Familia church in Barcelona 
US raises prospect of Israel UN isolation  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 01:37:46 GMT
Is Israel about to lose its American firewall at the United Nations in New York, asks Nick Bryant. 
Virtual reality take on refugee life  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:24:43 GMT
Virtual reality was shown off as a tool for immersive, empathetic journalism at the recent Ted conference - but does it have a future in film-making? 
Alarm as Turkey backs new police powers  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:35:35 GMT
Turkish MPs back sweeping new powers for police 
Are we tired of climate change talk?  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 04:47:51 GMT
A story that once dominated the news seems to have dropped down the media agenda, so what lies behind the decline in coverage? 
VIDEO: Big leap in 4K video streaming tech  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 23:22:56 GMT
A new method of compression could see ultra-HD video streamed to TVs and other devices using around 50% of the bandwidth currently needed. 
Do trade pacts threaten democracy?  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 02:19:19 GMT
Do trade treaties that include investor-state dispute settlements as a right pose a threat to democracy from multinational companies? 
Indian police collect cow 'mugshots'  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:54:27 GMT
Police carry out unofficial cow census after Indian state outlaws their slaughter for beef. 
Ants in space grapple with zero-g  Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:09:26 GMT
A study finds that ants on board the International Space Station still use teamwork to search new areas, despite falling off the walls of their containers for up to eight seconds. 
China factory activity expands again  Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:31:06 GMT
Activity in China's vast manufactory sector picked up unexpectedly in March, according to the official government survey.