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VIDEO: Obama pardons Thanksgiving turkeys 
  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 21:49:55 GMT 
    Barack Obama carries out the annual White House tradition of pardoning two turkeys, preventing them from becoming Thanksgiving dinner.

VIDEO: Extreme weather and its risk to lives 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 07:58:16 GMT 
    Climate change and population growth will hugely increase the risk to people from extreme weather, a report says.

VIDEO: Nun's Like a Virgin hit raises eyebrows 
  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 14:09:54 GMT 
    A nun who won Italy's version of The Voice singing contest has released an album, revealing some unusual song choices.

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.

Potent and provocative symbol of the flag 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:27:04 GMT 
    Flags can convey powerful - and often very unpalatable - messages, says Mark Mardell,

Whatever happened to the Brics? 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:28:11 GMT 
    Great things were predicted for the economies of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - but they haven't totally lived up to the hype, says Andrew Walker.

Propaganda warning over Ukraine conflict 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:15:23 GMT 
    The Ukraine conflict is having a severe impact on the freedom of the media, the European security body the OSCE tells Bethany Bell.

Phillip Hughes: How is the brain injured? 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:45:54 GMT 
    How is the brain injured and how is it protected from injury?

Lewis Hamilton: A photographer's view 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:29:41 GMT 
    Press Association photographer David Davies looks back at the race that clinched the Formula 1 title for Lewis Hamilton.

VIDEO: What is Opec? In 60 seconds 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 00:21:42 GMT 
    The challenges facing oil exporters as prices slump - in 60 seconds

Colombia hippo sterilisations begin 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 02:21:51 GMT 
    Vets in Colombia begin to sterilise hippos descended from animals shipped to a private zoo which belonged to the infamous drug baron, Pablo Escobar.

Brazil's capoeira gets Unesco status 
  Wed, 26 Nov 2014 20:41:25 GMT 
    Capoeira - a Brazilian martial art form combining dance - has been given a special protected status by Unesco, the UN's cultural arm.

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 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 10:19:23 GMT 
    The latest international business headlines from BBC World News.

Ubisoft apologises for Assassin bugs 
  Thu, 27 Nov 2014 13:58:03 GMT 
    The head of the games studio behind Assassin's Creed Unity emails players apologising for glitches in the game and offering compensation.
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