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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 19:55:53 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Sudan hopes for bird-watching boost  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 15:34:06 GMT
Environmental campaigners in Sudan are promoting the country as a tourist destination for bird watchers in a bid to boost revenue, which could then be used to protect nesting sites and rare birds from extinction. 
VIDEO: Calm returns to Rio favela after riots  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 17:07:33 GMT
The BBC's Wyre Davies visits the Pavaozinho complex the day after riots broke out following the death of a young man allegedly beaten by police. 
VIDEO: Andy Murray in tears at Stirling award  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:55:42 GMT
Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded the freedom of Stirling in a ceremony which made the Wimbledon champion break down in tears. 
VIDEO: Upcycling: Ethical way to do fashion  Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:47:20 GMT
There is a drive to get us to be more ethical when it comes to buying clothes - and it involves spending less and recycling more. 
Set of human glass eyes auctioned  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:49:27 GMT
A set of 74 antique prosthetic human glass eyes is auctioned in Lichfield. 
Blood 'is not from headless king'  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 14:07:24 GMT
An elaborately decorated gourd thought to contain the blood of French King Louis XVI may not be authentic, scientists say. 
Cost of recalls hits GM profits  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:09:43 GMT
General Motors sees first quarter profits hit by a $1.3bn charge to cover the cost of a huge recall of cars over defective ignition switches 
Barclays wins pay package vote  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:24:31 GMT
Barclays shareholders vote to approve the bank's remuneration package, which includes higher bonuses despite a 30% fall in profits. 
Warhol works found on Amiga disks  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:24:28 GMT
A dozen previously unknown works created by Andy Warhol have been recovered from 30-year-old Amiga disks. 
France mulls GPS car-sharing app ban  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:53:59 GMT
The French government has moved to quell growing tensions between the taxi industry and private car-sharing rivals. 
Tarantino Gawker case dismissed  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:00:14 GMT
A judge dismisses Quentin Tarantino's attempt to sue gossip website Gawker for $1m for helping to leak his The Hateful Eight screenplay. 
Third Hobbit film title changed  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 17:11:26 GMT
Director Peter Jackson reveals he has changed the title of the final film in his Hobbit trilogy from There and Back Again to The Battle of the Five Armies. 
Mystery of dazzling supernova solved  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 18:21:42 GMT
An exceptionally bright supernova that baffled scientists has been explained - its light is amplified by another galaxy acting as a "lens". 
UK team to shoot for fusion record  Thu, 24 Apr 2014 09:38:27 GMT
The director of a UK science facility says it could set a new world record in nuclear fusion by the end of the decade.