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VIDEO: The history of Christmas crackers  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:39:19 GMT
Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years? 
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. 
VIDEO: Man who missed out on biggest jackpot  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:43:35 GMT
On the day the draw for the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo, takes place in Madrid with total prize pool of €2.5 billion ($3bn) the BBC speaks to the man who missed out. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:10:53 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Elton and David's social media marriage  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:33:12 GMT
Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have officially married, nine years after they held their civil partnership ceremony. 
VIDEO: How free are Confucius Institutes?  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 01:10:34 GMT
A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada. 
VIDEO: Knife attacker is shot dead in France  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:36:07 GMT
A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife. 
VIDEO: Actress Billie Whitelaw dies at 82  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 21:33:50 GMT
Actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her interpretations of the works of Samuel Beckett, has died at the age of 82, her son confirms. 
Where will the oil price settle?  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:56:13 GMT
The oil price may have hit bottom. But oil will continue for some months yet to be the big influence on prosperity and power. 
Germany wants more women in boardroom  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:23:21 GMT
A new measure aims to increase the number of women in senior positions in German industry - but it must overcome deep-seated antagonism, says Jenny Hill. 
Digging for diversity in Botswana  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 23:55:59 GMT
A look at attempts in Botswana to move the country's economy away from a resilience on diamonds. 
Climate of fear in Turkmenistan  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:20:03 GMT
Foreign investors are keen to do deals with Turkmenistan but a climate of fear silences dissent, writes the BBC's Abdujalil Abdurasulov in Ashgabat. 
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 
VIDEO: A look at the scale of the 2004 tsunami  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 09:58:05 GMT
The BBC takes a closer look at the scale of one of the biggest natural disasters in recorded history - the tsunami of 2004 
Picture power: Abandoned on the border  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:29:40 GMT
Photographer Murad Sezer explains why he shot an abandoned baby's cradle on the Syrian Turkish border.