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VIDEO: Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:44:46 GMT 
    The Anglican Archbishop of Jerusalem, Suheil Dawani, is head of a diocese that covers much of the Middle East and talked to BBC News about the last year.


VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:22:02 GMT 
    Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.


VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:11:53 GMT 
    Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.


VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well' 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 17:19:55 GMT 
    Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.


VIDEO: Can Luther King take on North Korea? 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 00:34:16 GMT 
    Martin Luther King had a dream of freedom. Can his biopic save Hollywood from censorship, asks the BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz


Xi Jinping and his China Dream 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:11:20 GMT 
    As 2014 draws to a close, the BBC's Carrie Gracie looks back on China's year and asks if the country has achieved its "dream".


Distrust hampers Pakistan militant control 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 01:35:04 GMT 
    The Pakistan Government and military distrust each other - and that makes combating violence difficult, says Owen Bennett-Jones.


VIDEO: How can a fish be a spy? - in 15 secs 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:46:37 GMT 
    The US navy has developed a robot that looks like a fish, but has high-tech surveillance equipment inside.


VIDEO: The struggle for Mount Sinjar 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:16:20 GMT 
    The BBC explains the significance of Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, where Kurdish Peshmerga forces say they have broken the hold of Islamic State.


What next for Fifa and Sepp Blatter? 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:55:30 GMT 
    With a report into World Cup corruption to - eventually - be released, president Sepp Blatter says Fifa's crisis is over. Is he right?


VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David 
  Sun, 21 Dec 2014 06:40:34 GMT 
    The Italian government is to spend around €200,000 (£156,000) on a new plinth for Michaelangelo's David to protect the statue from earth tremors.


Facebook users crack card mystery 
  Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:58:15 GMT 
    Facebook users solve the mystery of a lost memory card in under an hour after an appeal is posted by a police force.


South Korea cuts growth forecasts 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 03:11:50 GMT 
    Asia's fourth largest economy, South Korea, cuts its growth forecast for this year and next as consumer and business sentiment weakens.


Asia shares mixed in shortened week 
  Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:10:31 GMT 
    Asian markets traded mixed on Monday, although trading was thin at the start a working week shortened by the Christmas break.


Suspects deny 'sextorting' teenager 
  Fri, 19 Dec 2014 16:59:53 GMT 
    The BBC goes to the Philippines to investigate a rise in blackmail of people duped into taking part in explicit online chats and videos.
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