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VIDEO: UK to allow driverless cars on roads  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 12:56:17 GMT
The UK government will shortly outline measures to permit driverless cars to use public roads by next year. 
VIDEO: One-minute World News  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 00:49:40 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Inside Gaza militants' tunnel  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:50:36 GMT
Israel says its offensive in Gaza will continue until the extensive Hamas tunnel network is neutralised. The BBC's Orla Guerin was given access by the military to a recently discovered tunnel. 
VIDEO: Harding's 'lusty' letters published  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:26:36 GMT
Almost 1,000 letters of Warren Harding, the 29th US president, have been published. 
VIDEO: Confetti harvest time in Shropshire  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:51:51 GMT
A natural confetti farm is harvesting and drying its crop, in a harvest that lasts only ten days. 
VIDEO: New tech opens doors for jobseekers  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:51:36 GMT
New technology is opening up whole new careers to young jobseekers who may be having difficulty getting into more established professions. 
Flying axe near-miss on US motorway  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:46:23 GMT
A US vehicle passenger is "shaken up" after an axe flew off the back of a lorry on a motorway and crashed midway through a windshield, police say. 
Louvre rat run shocks the French  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:27:52 GMT
The Louvre in Paris calls in the pest controllers after picnickers in the museum gardens encourage an infestation of rats. 
Samsung profit hit by phone slowdown  Thu, 31 Jul 2014 01:40:17 GMT
Profits at Samsung Electronics fall 20% in the second quarter, hurt mainly by a slowdown in smartphone sales and a strong Korean currency. 
VIDEO: BBC World News business headlines  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:40:42 GMT
The latest international business headlines from BBC World News. 
Broken robots 'learn to keep going'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 23:08:19 GMT
Engineers take a step towards having machines that can operate even when they are damaged by developing a robot that can teach itself to walk, even with a broken leg. 
VIDEO: Making money out of social media  Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:59:33 GMT
Samira Hussain reports from New York on the opportunities opened up by technology that did not even exist a few years ago. 
Production stalls on Big Bang Theory  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:57:16 GMT
Work on the eighth series of US sitcom The Big Bang Theory is delayed, as its cast members fight for higher salaries. 
Apology over Turtles '9/11 poster'  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:03:51 GMT
Paramount Pictures apologises over a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles poster featuring the characters jumping from an exploding skyscraper alongside the release date of 11 September. 
Mystery of lemon-shaped Moon solved  Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:14:50 GMT
Tides and spin gave the Moon its strange lemon shape more than four billion years ago, research reveals.