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VIDEO: Wild animal ban affects Mexican circus 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:06:21 GMT 
    A new law banning the use of wild animals in Mexican circuses comes into effect, meaning many animals must be found new homes.

VIDEO: The robots that could change our lives 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:22:04 GMT 
    From machines that can help around the house, to ones that could be used as sales assistants, robots can change the way we live our lives.

VIDEO: Josh Widdicombe's Wimbledon fan guide 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 13:09:30 GMT 
    Comedian and Wimbledon first-timer Josh Widdicombe takes to the grounds of SW19 to meet the people who make it through the gates.

VIDEO: Fears of fundamentalism in Bangladesh 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:50:45 GMT 
    A number of killings of atheist and secular bloggers raises fears that a dangerous strain of fundamentalist Islam is gaining traction in Bangladesh.

VIDEO: Farkhunda murder sentences quashed 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:59:19 GMT 
    A court in Afghanistan has quashed the death penalties of four men who were found guilty of taking part in the killing of a woman falsely accused of burning the Koran.

Can powers meet the 'real' deadline on Iran's nuclear programme? 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 14:18:18 GMT 
    As US and Iranian talks resume in Vienna, negotiators must overcome a history of mistrust to strike a historic deal, writes Lyse Doucet

Has holy city become jihadist breeding ground? 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:36:12 GMT 
    Kairouan has a long and rich heritage, but is becoming a breeding ground for Islamist extremism, says Thomas Fessy.

What difference could Syria IS strikes make? 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:14:36 GMT 
    The RAF has been carrying out strikes in Iraq against Islamic State militants, but what would extending this to Syria mean, asks Jonathan Marcus.

Greek splits threaten Syriza coalition 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:50:19 GMT 
    Publicly, the radical left Syriza party is maintaining a unified No before Sunday's referendum, but will the unity remain after the vote?

Why did so many die in Karachi's heatwave? 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 09:44:12 GMT 
    Days after a heatwave in Pakistan killed about 1,300 people, many are still puzzled by the unusually high number of deaths in the financial capital Karachi, reports Shahzeb Jillani.

Styrofoam ban: What is polystyrene? 
  Wed, 01 Jul 2015 01:28:11 GMT 
    New York City is joining a growing group of cities in banning Expandable Polystyrene Foam (EPS). Adam Harris explains what makes this material so worrisome to environmentalists - and appealing to businesses.

Car smashes through South Africa roof 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:35:08 GMT 
    A photo is released of a car which smashed through the roof of a house in South Africa's coastal city Durban.

Sesame Street's Maria to retire 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:49:27 GMT 
    Sonia Manzano, who has played Maria on the US children's programme Sesame Street for more than four decades, is retiring.

US sees slower jobs growth in June 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 15:20:59 GMT 
    Weaker US employment figures and a fall in factory orders for May dampen expectations of an imminent interest rate rise.

Amadeus in $830m airline IT deal 
  Thu, 02 Jul 2015 10:38:21 GMT 
    Spanish travel technology firm Amadeus agrees a deal to buy Navitaire, a subsidiary of consulting group Accenture, for $830m.
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