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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:46:34 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Can drones get water to stranded Joe?  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 09:00:18 GMT
In an annual challenge, teams attempt to deliver water using drones to a remote part of the Australian Outback. 
VIDEO: 'I found rare Shakespeare Folio'  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:41:24 GMT
Librarian and Medieval literature expert Rémy Cordonnier tells the BBC about the moment he discovered a rare and valuable William Shakespeare First Folio. 
VIDEO: Cat meat off the menu in Switzerland?  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:50:05 GMT
An animal rights group in Switzerland has started a campaign to try to outlaw the eating of cats and dogs. 
VIDEO: Where now for HK protesters?  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:09:32 GMT
The removal of the Mong Kok activist camp by the authorities means protests in Hong Kong continue in just two sites. 
Gordon Corera: Thwarting terror's cyber warfare  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:06:13 GMT
Tackling the foe online is key for a modern counter-terrorist operation, says Gordon Corera, but there are concerns over free speech. 
Kick-starting the European economy  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:29:23 GMT
Jean-Claude Juncker has launched the European Commission's New Deal, and it will be judged by its success or failure. 
How many more Fergusons are there?  Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:35:44 GMT
How many other towns and cities across America have exactly the same cocktail of problems that one spark could ignite, the BBC's Jon Sopel asks. 
Can internet companies monitor terrorists?  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:08:53 GMT
Big tech firms, and in particular Facebook, are under pressure to become more active in the battle against terrorism. But what are their current arrangements? 
VIDEO: How Ferguson protests spread  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:23:07 GMT
BBC News looks at the aftermath of the decision not to charge a white policeman who killed black teenager Michael Brown. 
Picture power: Pausing the moment  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:12:21 GMT
Looking at the story behind an image by Carl Court of a student protest in London. 
Stop eating cats says Swiss campaign  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:03:23 GMT
Hundreds of thousands of Swiss people secretly eat cat or dog say activists, who want it to be made illegal. 
Watson to sell Nobel Prize for DNA  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 13:01:50 GMT
James Watson is to sell the Nobel Prize medal he won for the discovery of the structure of DNA. 
GSK hails Ebola vaccine breakthrough  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:00:03 GMT
Sir Andrew Witty says "tantalising" prospect of viable vaccine becoming available next year 
VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 22:54:13 GMT
The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.