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    The latest stories from the News front page section of the BBC News web site.

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    VIDEO: The history of Christmas crackers

    Christmas crackers are bound to be a feature of Yuletide celebrations this Thursday, but did you know that they actually date back more than 150 years?

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    VIDEO: Tremors endanger Michelangelo's David

    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.

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    VIDEO: Man who missed out on biggest jackpot

    On the day the draw for the world's biggest lottery, El Gordo, takes place in Madrid with total prize pool of €2.5 billion ($3bn) the BBC speaks to the man who missed out.

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    VIDEO: One-minute World News

    Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day.

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    VIDEO: Elton and David's social media marriage

    Sir Elton John and his partner David Furnish have officially married, nine years after they held their civil partnership ceremony.

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    VIDEO: How free are Confucius Institutes?

    A large scale school and university education programme, funded by the Chinese government, has been under attack in both the USA and Canada.

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    VIDEO: Knife attacker is shot dead in France

    A man has been killed by police near the city of Tours in central France, after attacking officers with a knife.

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    VIDEO: Actress Billie Whitelaw dies at 82

    Actress Billie Whitelaw, famous for her interpretations of the works of Samuel Beckett, has died at the age of 82, her son confirms.

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    VIDEO: Castro delivers defiant speech

    The Cuban President, Raul Castro, has addressed the closing session of parliament just days after announcing an agreement with the United States to re-establish diplomatic ties.

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    VIDEO: Month-old cheetahs 'doing well'

    Four cheetah cubs born at Prague zoo in November are doing well, according to keepers.

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    VIDEO: 'Santas' join torch-lit hunt in woods

    Mike Bushell joins a group of social runners in the woods.

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    VIDEO: What is the winter solstice?

    In the United Kingdom the solstice is a little after 11pm on 21 December this year.

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    VIDEO: Spectacular spire climb filmed

    Cathedral conservators film themselves scaling Britain's highest spire to repair weather meter.

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    VIDEO: Japan's senior cheerleaders

    Cheerleading is usually seen as a young person's sport, but the Japan Senior Cheer Association is for women in their 60s and 70s.

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    VIDEO: Mexico welcomes migrating butterflies

    Millions of monarch butterflies have arrived in Mexico's forests as part of their annual migration from Canada and the United States.

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    VIDEO: The secretive state of Turkmenistan

    Turkmenistan in Central Asia is one of the most isolated and secretive states in the world, dissent is not tolerated and suspicion reigns.

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    VIDEO: 'Exhausted workforce' in Apple factory

    A BBC investigation for Panorama has exposed poor working conditions in factories making Apple products in China.

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    VIDEO: Girl hears Christmas for first time

    It's almost Christmas, and Sula's new ear implants mean she will be able to hear carols and jingle bells this year.

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    VIDEO: Morricone on Clint Eastwood regret

    Ennio Morricone talks to Will Gompertz about his career in music - and about why he regrets not composing for Clint Eastwood's films.

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    VIDEO: Testing Skype's real-time translator

    Microsoft has launched a test version of the Skype Translator which decodes conversations in Spanish and English in near real time.

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    VIDEO: New record depth for deepest fish

    Fish have been filmed more than 8km down in the Mariana Trench - the deepest place on Earth.

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    VIDEO: Escape games boom in Budapest

    Why are people flocking to Hungary in order to try and escape from locked rooms?

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    VIDEO: DIY electronics making home 'smart'

    The do-it-yourself electronics maker littleBits has released a "smart home" automation kit.

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    VIDEO: Historic portraits with a modern twist

    Senegalese photographer Omar Victor Diop tells Focus on Africa why he reinvented some historic paintings with a playful touch of his very own.

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    VIDEO: Sony scraps The Interview worldwide

    A cyber attack on Sony Pictures that forced the cancellation of a major film release is being seen as a serious national security matter, the US says.

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    VIDEO: Millionaire sues ski slope chippy

    A former chief executive of one of the world's biggest cosmetics firms is suing a fast food stall near his holiday home in the French Alps.

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    VIDEO: Reactions to thaw in Cuba-US ties

    The breakthrough in US-Cuban relations is prompting strong reactions from Cubans in Havana and exiles in the US.

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    VIDEO: Mourning and rage after school attack

    Pupils who survived a massacre at their school in Pakistan have been paying tribute to those who died.

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    VIDEO: Brawl over Kenya security bill

    Kenyan lawmakers traded blows and the deputy speaker had water thrown on her during a chaotic parliamentary session which approved changes to a tough new security bill.

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    VIDEO: Why Pakistan pupil wears bloody uniform

    The BBC's Shaimaa Khalil meets Aqif Azeem, a survivor of the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, who says the militants "will not defeat us".

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    VIDEO: Can Pakistan unite against Taliban?

    BBC reporter Nick Childs gauges the mood in Pakistan following the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar and looks at the government's response.

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    VIDEO: Pakistan principal 'chose to stay'

    The son of the principal who died in the Pakistan school attack says Taliban militants had made a number of threats against the army-run school.

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    VIDEO: Talking Movies' top 10 films of 2014

    As the end of 2014 draws near, Talking Movies' Tom Brook picks his top 10 films that have been released in the past year.

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    VIDEO: Contemporary art on show in DR Congo

    The Democratic Republic of Congo is hosting its first ever contemporary arts biennial where local talent Freddy Tsimba will display his work.

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    VIDEO: MH17 victim's father recalls last goodbye

    The father of Briton Ben Pocock, who was killed in July's MH17 air crash in Ukraine, recalls the moment he waved his son off at the airport

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