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VIDEO: India 'looking strong' in World Cup 
  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:46:24 GMT 
    India have looked very impressive in the cricket World Cup, and cricket columnist Ayaz Memon has been speaking to the BBC in Mumbai on their chances of winning the tournament.


VIDEO: One-minute World News 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:59:35 GMT 
    Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.


VIDEO: Yemen 'on the brink' of civil war 
  Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:10:44 GMT 
    The United Nations envoy to Yemen has warned that the country could slide into prolonged conflict like Iraq, Syria or Libya.


VIDEO: Bringing a giant puppet eagle to life 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 22:33:05 GMT 
    BBC News meets the makers of the giant puppets of Spanish Theatre Company Carros de Foc.


VIDEO: Londonderry fire temple to peace 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 01:48:57 GMT 
    A huge temple that overlooked Londonderry for the past week has been burnt down as a gesture of letting go of the past and looking to the future.


VIDEO: New Orleans airport attacker dies 
  Sun, 22 Mar 2015 04:15:14 GMT 
    A man who was shot by police as he tried to storm a checkpoint at New Orleans international airport on Friday dies from his injuries.


Putin still in fashion 15 years on 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:15:12 GMT 
    Fifteen years after his election, Vladimir Putin's popularity in Russia is undeniable, says the BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Moscow.


Is it possible to end global poverty? 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:29:26 GMT 
    The UN is expected to adopt the World Bank's ambitious target of ending extreme poverty by 2030. Could we really see the end of poverty within a generation?


Elite hoard Angola's new-found wealth 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 00:24:35 GMT 
    Angola is an economic success story, writes Mary Harper - but also a land many inhabit in poverty, while a super-wealthy elite thrives.


Germanwings crash: Counting the cost 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 17:24:24 GMT 
    Is the airline legally obliged to compensate the families of the victims for their loss?


VIDEO: Animation reveals changing Nigeria 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 12:33:47 GMT 
    An animation looks at how much Nigeria has changed since the end of military rule in 1999.


Lifeless Uzbek election hides power struggle 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:47:26 GMT 
    Huge crowds honouring a deceased Islamic scholar in Uzbekistan were in marked contrast to a lifeless campaign for this weekend's one-horse presidential election, writes Johannes Dell.


Dark matter flits through collisions 
  Thu, 26 Mar 2015 20:31:03 GMT 
    A long-running study shows dark matter coasts unscathed through galactic collisions, betraying a ghostly lack of interaction with the known Universe.


Zayn Malik says 'I've let fans down' 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:55:27 GMT 
    The former One Direction star Zayn Malik reveals in his first interview since quitting the boyband that "I've let the fans down".


Japan economy at brink of deflation 
  Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:10:14 GMT 
    Annual core consumer inflation in Japan, the world's third-largest economy, stopped rising for the first time in nearly two years in February.
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