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

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    VIDEO: Bollywood Bard: Hamlet with a twist

    Director Vishal Bhardwaj's new film Haider gives William Shakespeare's Hamlet a Bollywood twist.

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    VIDEO: Syrians 'traumatised' by IS fears

    Jeremy Bowen reports on how Syrians are "traumatised" by fears of Islamic State fighters.

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    VIDEO: What is Alibaba? In 60 seconds

    Your 60-second primer on Alibaba, the Chinese e-commerce giant set to float on the New York Stock Exchange in one of the biggest technology listings ever.

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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: Pacino's passion: Wilde about Oscar

    Actor Al Pacino on his surprise at the contemporary nature of the play Salomé.

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    VIDEO: Life in a Donetsk bomb shelter

    Fighting in Ukraine has abated but it has not stopped completely and people are still living in fear for their lives.

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    VIDEO: Africa Beats: M.anifest

    Ghanaian rapper M.Anifest kicks off new season of BBC Africa Beats with a medley of hits

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    VIDEO: Therapy to combat Cambodia trauma

    A new approach to psychological healing after the genocide in Cambodia combines aspects of psychotherapy with Buddhist meditation

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    VIDEO: Hemingway diaries hold fishing clues

    Ernest Hemingway's grandsons are making a trip to Cuba to visit the house he lived in and see his Nobel prize.

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    VIDEO: Vibrating cane to help blind people

    A team of scientists in Delhi has developed a smart cane for blind people, which uses sensors to give vibration feedback.

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    VIDEO: When Paisley heckled the Pope

    Ian Paisley's forceful political style was often displayed at the European Parliament where, after being elected an MEP in 1979, he made sure his message heard loud and clear.

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    VIDEO: On the border 'protecting' Europe from IS

    Turkey insists its 900km-long (560 mile) border with Syria is a bulwark against Islamic State and other jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq.

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    VIDEO: Alibaba makes waves in California

    Internet retailer Alibaba may have floated on the US stock market, but the China-based company is making waves in Silicon Valley as well as in Wall Street.

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    VIDEO: Formula E ready to race

    Formula E is backed by some of the biggest names in the industry and on Saturday Beijing will hold the inaugural race of the season.

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    VIDEO: People power sparking renewable energy

    In a shantytown in Rio De Janeiro, a British-backed scientific initiative harnesses the energy we generate in our daily lives to light up a football pitch.

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    VIDEO: Ice bucket: Many drenched, did many donate?

    BBC Breakfast has seen figures that only one in ten people who have done the ice bucket challenge have actually donated to charity

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    VIDEO: Kerry: Coalition ready to take on IS

    US Secretary of State John Kerry tells the BBC's Barbara Plett-Usher that his country and its Mid-East allies are ready to counter the threat of Islamic State.

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    AUDIO: Sleepwalker tells of cliff fall

    A man who escaped with minor injuries after falling 60 ft (18m) down a cliff while he was sleepwalking has been talking about his experience.

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    VIDEO: US remembers 9/11 victims

    Americans have commemorated the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks with ceremonies in New York and Washington.

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    VIDEO: Families saved from 'city of islands'

    There is mounting anger in Indian-administered Kashmir amid accusations that the government has acted too slowly in the flood crisis.

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    VIDEO: Soyuz capsule returns to Earth

    The crew members in Russia's Soyuz space capsule have successfully landed in Kazakhstan.

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    VIDEO: Kurds 'ready for action' in Iraq

    Kurds are regaining parts of northern Iraq seized by Islamic State militants last month and say they are ready to take part in a broader action.

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    VIDEO: Bat dive-bombs US news channel

    Presenters at a US TV station had a shock on Wednesday morning when a bat started flying around their studio.

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    VIDEO: Artur Mas on Catalonia and Scotland

    Catalonia's president, Artur Mas, has told the BBC he would personally like a yes vote in the Scottish referendum.

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    VIDEO: Microsoft 'could buy Minecraft'

    The video games studio behind Minecraft is in talks to be taken over by Microsoft, according to reports.

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    VIDEO: How hackable are our cities?

    Ethical hacker Ken Munro demonstrates how key parts of modern city infrastructures can be compromised by computer hackers.

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    VIDEO: Scanners reveal Stonehenge secrets

    Scientists have discovered a hidden complex of archaeological monuments at Stonehenge, challenging the modern impression that it stood in isolation.

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    VIDEO: Lucky escape after van swept off road

    Mobile phone footage has captured the moment a minivan carrying a couple was swept off Interstate 15 in Moapa, Nevada.

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    VIDEO: From slum to hip-hop artist-activist

    Octopizzo, the Nairobi hi-hop artist, speaks to the BBC about his inspiration and giving young people living in the ghetto "something to be proud of."

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    VIDEO: Empty bucket challenge hits Lebanon

    With water shortages a part of daily life, campaigners in Lebanon have started an alternative to the ice bucket challenge.

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    VIDEO: Jon Stewart's directorial debut

    Daily Show host Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut at the Toronto Film Festival with a film about about a journalist imprisoned in Iran

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    VIDEO: Star Wars spaceships spied by pilot

    Spaceships from the new Star Wars film have been spotted by a man taking photos for a flying school.

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    VIDEO: Prince Harry opens Invictus Games

    The Invictus Games for wounded servicemen and women have been opened by Prince Harry at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.

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    VIDEO: 'We need to look after our clowns'

    Matthew Inge is also known as Zaz the Clown and makes his living entertaining people with his small circus, Circus Pazaz.

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    VIDEO: Oscar Pistorius trial: Key players

    Karin Giannone looks at some of the key players in the trial of Oscar Pistorius.

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    VIDEO: 60 years of Guinness World Records

    The Guinness World Record book celebrates 60 years this year. Here is a look at some of records in the latest edition.

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    VIDEO: US fears for declining bird numbers

    The United States puts 230 species of birds on a watch list because of their rapidly declining numbers.

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    VIDEO: Early hands-on with the Apple Watch

    Watch: The BBC's Richard Taylor takes a look at Apple's new smartwatch, which was unveiled in California on Tuesday.

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    VIDEO: Ford and Tyson: 'Overcoming adversity'

    Former boxing champion Mike Tyson met Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his city hall office.

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    VIDEO: Sir Roger Moore: BBC interview

    Sir Roger Moore, one of the few men to have played James Bond, reminisces about his Hollywood career and playing 007.

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    VIDEO: Retired Peshmerga fighters challenge IS

    The BBC's Reda El Mawy speaks to Abdul Razzak Mohamed Ali about his decision to come out of retirement and take up arms against Islamic State.

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    VIDEO: Who are Yemen's Houthis?

    Escalating tensions between Yemen's government and the armed Shia Houthi movement are threatening to plunge one of the poorest countries in the Middle East into a wide-scale armed conflict.

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    VIDEO: What does it mean to be Scottish?

    Scotland's independence referendum is raising many questions about national identity. Lucy Hockings has been to the capital Edinburgh to find out what it means to be Scottish.

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    VIDEO: Destiny - Activision's $500m gamble

    Destiny is one of the most eagerly-anticipated video games in history and has cost Activision £310m to develop and promote.

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    VIDEO: Is China pro-Scottish independence?

    Martin Patience assesses Chinese opinion on the Scottish referendum.

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    VIDEO: Referendum: What would UK be called?

    What would the remainder of the UK be called if Scotland left the Union? Newsnight's David Grossman reports.

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    VIDEO: What can Scotland learn from Quebec?

    The Canadian province of Quebec has held referenda about independence, so what can Scotland learn from them?

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    VIDEO: Leaders make Scotland 'No' vote plea

    Prime Minister David Cameron has made an impassioned plea to keep Scotland in the Union, saying: "I love my country more than I love my party."

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    AUDIO: The little known biggest web retailer

    Alibaba, the world's largest internet retailer, is set to float on the US stock market, in what may be the world's biggest-ever IPO.

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    VIDEO: Ballerina, 88, recreates WWII ballet

    The 88-year-old British dancer and choreographer Dame Gillian Lynne is recreating a ballet she performed to troops fighting in Germany in the second World War.

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    VIDEO: Holidaymakers searching for gold

    Amateur prospectors in California are using the long-running drought to their advantage, panning for gold in newly exposed riverbeds.

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    VIDEO: Is China building on disputed reefs?

    Rupert Wingfield-Hayes reports on China's unusual tactic to secure ownership of disputed territory in the South China Sea.

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    VIDEO: Baby oh baby! How world broke news

    The Duchess of Cambridge is pregnant with her second child, and the story has been making headlines around the world.

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    VIDEO: Instagram's Hyperlapse app explained

    Instagram's Hyperlapse app enables users to create their own time-lapse videos, analysing the footage to create a more steady picture.

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    AUDIO: Oldest Channel swimmer 'exhilarated'

    A 73-year-old South African heart surgeon has become the oldest person to swim the English Channel.

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    AUDIO: How much does the Earth weigh?

    Scientists are exploring why it is so difficult at accurately measure the Newtonian constant of gravity.

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    AUDIO: WWII African fighter 'treasured'

    The story of Isaac Fadayebo, one of the 100,000 African soldiers sent to fight the Japanese after their invasion of Burma in December 1941, is being told in a new book.

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    VIDEO: MH370: Families speak six months on

    Six months ago Malaysia Airlines flight 370 vanished with 239 people onboard.

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    VIDEO: Lee Miller's 'selfie' in Hitler's bath

    BBC Inside Out discovers top model and photographer Lee Miller's life on Farley Farm in Sussex and talks to her son about her war time work.

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    VIDEO: 'Dreadnought' dinosaur biggest ever

    Fossils unearthed in Argentina represent the most complete giant sauropod dinosaur ever discovered.

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    VIDEO: Blue whale numbers bounce back

    Researchers believe that California blue whales have recovered in numbers and the population has returned to sustainable levels.

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    VIDEO: Waiter smashes beer-carrying record

    A German waiter has broken a world record by carrying 27 full mugs of Bavarian beer.

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    VIDEO: The Kurdish women fighting IS

    The Kurds in Syria there have not received any air support in their battle against IS but men and women are fighting the militants.

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    VIDEO: 'Every day is Bill Murray day'

    The Toronto Film Festival celebrated Bill Murray day as the star attended the premier of his new film, St Vincent.

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    VIDEO: Inside Islamabad protest camp

    The BBC's Andrew North tours the site in central Islamabad that has been occupied by supporters of cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and cleric Tahirul Qadri

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    VIDEO: Costa Ricans to get postal addresses

    Costa Rica has begun to reform its postal address system, which uses landmarks and directions instead of street names and numbers.

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    VIDEO: Preserving the music of the past

    Ca tru, an ancient Vietnamese style of music, is over 900 years old. Three generations of a Vietnamese family are keeping it alive for the next generation.

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    VIDEO: Indonesian teens joining IS fight

    Dozens of young Indonesian men have travelled to Iraq and Syria to join Islamic State and fight with them in the region.

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    VIDEO: Comedian Joan Rivers dies aged 81

    The comedian Joan Rivers has died at the age of 81, her daughter has announced.

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