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World News From BBC

US sees slower Black Friday sales  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:11:20 GMT
Black Friday is less intense this year in the US after many stores opened earlier on Thursday. 
Indian economic growth slows to 5.3%  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:40:57 GMT
India's economy grew by 5.3% in the July-to-September period from a year earlier, down from a rate of 5.7% in the previous quarter. 
Sony makes experimental paper watch  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:42:32 GMT
Sony has developed a watch made from e-paper as part of an initiative to experiment with the use of the material for fashion products. 
Social media told to simplify terms  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 00:04:27 GMT
A report from the UK parliament says Facebook, Twitter and other social networking firms need to make their terms and conditions clearer. 
Star Wars teaser trailer premieres  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:56:41 GMT
The first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens is unveiled online and in US cinemas 
Russia scraps foreign film cap  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 15:43:10 GMT
Proposed plans to cut the number of foreign films shown in Russian cinemas by 50% are shelved by Russia's parliament. 
Risk from extreme weather rises  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 01:42:30 GMT
Royal Society says combination of population growth and climate change will increase danger to cities. 
Bear back in Chernobyl after century  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:23:32 GMT
Camera traps, used by a project assessing radioactive exposure impacts on wildlife, record the first photos of a brown bear in Chernobyl's exclusion zone. 
'Exciting' bladder cancer drug trial  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:25:43 GMT
A trial to help the immune system fight bladder cancer is showing "exciting" results with tumours completely disappearing in some patients. 
Italy suspends flu drug over deaths  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 10:41:39 GMT
Italy suspends the use of two batches of a flu vaccine made by Swiss firm Novartis after four people died within 48 hours of receiving the drug. 
I'm favourite for the sack - Rodgers  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:54:30 GMT
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he is "favourite for the sack" after the Reds' poor run of form. 
Sainz Jr joins Toro Rosso for 2015  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:52:41 GMT
Carlos Sainz Jr, son of the two-time former world rally champion of the same name, joins Toro Rosso for 2015. 
How I drank urine and bat blood to survive  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:04:25 GMT
Extreme marathon runner Mauro Prosperi spent 10 days alone in the Sahara desert after getting lost in a sandstorm. He only just survived. 
Left to the mercy of the Taliban  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 23:10:39 GMT
Interpreters who worked with US forces in Afghanistan are being hunted down by the Taliban. Thousands have fled to the US - but others have been blacklisted. 
Canberra Christmas lights set record  Fri, 28 Nov 2014 04:42:39 GMT
A Christmas display of more than 1.2 million LED lights in the Australian capital, Canberra, has set a new world record.