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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:36:01 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Baseball's unhealthy habit  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 03:13:11 GMT
Greater efforts are being put into ridding US baseball of the tradition of chewing tobacco which has been linked to cancer deaths. 
VIDEO: Australian Open feels like home - Nishikori  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 16:36:39 GMT
Japan's Kei Nishikori says the Australian Open feels like "home" ahead of his fourth round match against David Ferrer. 
VIDEO: Bolivia's festival of miniatures  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:56:13 GMT
People in Bolivia have been holding a fair with a difference - everything is in miniature. 
VIDEO: Colin Firth on being an 'unlikely killer'  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 12:42:28 GMT
Actor Colin Firth has said the director of Kingsman: The Secret Service, Matthew Vaughn, cast him in the film because he was so unlikely to be seen as a cold killer 
Syriza victory: Turning point for EU?  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:58:22 GMT
The victory of the anti-austerity Syriza party in Greece's elections may become a potential turning point for the European Union, the BBC's Chris Morris in Athens reports. 
Election that is impossible to call  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 04:18:03 GMT
The 2015 general election will be unlike any other - and is close to impossible to predict, says David Cowling. 
Is there a diversity dividend?  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:25:26 GMT
Studies have shown that diversity in the workplace leads to higher revenues and dividends, but there are still road-blocks on the route to achieving a more balanced labour force. 
Obama in India: Things to watch  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:59:44 GMT
US President Barack Obama is heading for India, but what will get done? 
VIDEO: How do you 'bounce' water? - 15 Secs  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:45:02 GMT
Scientists at the University of Rochester in New York have developed "self-cleaning" metal that enables water droplets to gather dust particles, then bounce and slide away. 
Appy days: Must see tech stories  Fri, 23 Jan 2015 14:48:57 GMT
Rory Cellan-Jones, technology reporter and presenter of the Tech Tent radio show, gives a round-up of the BBC's coverage of the week's big tech stories. 
Abraham Lincoln hair fetches $25,000  Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:18:06 GMT
A lock of President Abraham Lincoln's hair fetches $25,000 (£16,600) at an auction of memorabilia that sells for more than $800,000 in total. 
Post-traumatic stress 'in 1300BC'  Sat, 24 Jan 2015 07:40:47 GMT
Evidence of post-traumatic stress disorder can be traced back to 1300BC - much earlier than previously thought - say researchers. 
Euro falls sharply on Syriza victory  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:17:38 GMT
The euro dipped to an 11-year low against the dollar after Syriza won the Greek general election. 
Aer Lingus considers higher IAG bid  Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:00:28 GMT
Irish airline Aer Lingus says it is considering a revised offer of €2.55 a share from British Airways owner IAG.