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VIDEO: 'I was rescued from migrant boat'  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 08:58:35 GMT
A 21-year-old student from Eritrea talks about his hopes for the future after being rescued from migrant boat bound for Italy. 
VIDEO: Spending the day queuing in Venezuela  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:25:02 GMT
Venezuela has the biggest oil reserves in the world, yet its economy is in crisis. 
VIDEO: Music and candles at Cologne service  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:52:27 GMT
A memorial service for the victims of last month's Alps plane crash is being held in Cologne Cathedral. 
Three Republican 'colonels' plot their coup  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:04:01 GMT
What do Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio have in common? They're young, hungry and ready to be president - never mind the party establishment's wishes. 
High cost for Bangladesh war closure  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 23:37:19 GMT
The reverberations of the Bangladeshi war of independence in 1971 are still creating big Islamic turmoil in the world’s third-most populous Muslim nation. 
Syria conflict: Fighting for a future for Yarmouk  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 18:28:28 GMT
Is there a future for Syria's devastated Yarmouk camp? 
King of Clubs Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri: Saddam's ally and enforcer  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 16:25:00 GMT
Profile of Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, Saddam Hussein's right-hand man, who later became a fugitive and a leading Sunni insurgent. 
How close is Greece to Grexit?  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 00:40:39 GMT
If Greece fails to come to a deal with its eurozone partners on 24 April, how likely is it to default on its loans and perhaps leave the euro? 
Iraq: Growth of the Shia militia  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 10:26:42 GMT
With the rise of Shia militia groups as a frontline force against Islamic State, Ranj Alaaldin explains how the phenomenon emerged. 
Australia PM downs beer in seconds  Sat, 18 Apr 2015 15:44:40 GMT
Footage has emerged of Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott downing a large glass of beer in only seconds. 
Zebras roam free in Brussels  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:12:43 GMT
Zebras running through the streets of Brussels is only the latest "animals at large" story to hit the headlines. 
Argentina acts over Falklands oil  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:32:59 GMT
Argentina begins legal proceedings against three British and two US companies for drilling oil near the Falkland Islands. 
VW boss to stay despite divisions  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:34:33 GMT
The chief executive of Volkswagen, Martin Winterkorn, wins the backing of the company's top bosses, following a clash with the chairman. 
Zuckerberg defends  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 11:37:09 GMT
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg defends the aims of his free service after several Indian firms pull out of the project. 
'Eternal' camera takes endless snaps  Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:13:27 GMT
A camera powered by the light it uses to take pictures has been invented by American scientists.