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VIDEO: One-minute World News  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 06:23:37 GMT
Watch the latest news summary from BBC World News. International news updated 24 hours a day. 
VIDEO: Guides killed in Everest avalanche  Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:42:26 GMT
At least 12 Sherpa guides have been killed after an avalanche on the slopes of Mount Everest, Nepali officials say. 
VIDEO: Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:11:54 GMT
An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital Islamabad has renamed its library after the former al-Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden. 
VIDEO: High security at S Sudan UN camp  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:48:25 GMT
South Sudan's government has sent troops to provide security at a United Nations base where at least 48 people were killed in an attack. 
VIDEO: 'Tug of war' Banksy art in museum  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:53:02 GMT
The Banksy painting which was controversially removed from a wall in Bristol has gone back on display. 
Pakistan library named 'Bin Laden'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:37:12 GMT
An Islamic seminary for women in Pakistan's capital renames its library after Osama Bin Laden, the slain al-Qaeda leader. 
Gold found in Indian man's stomach  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 06:51:01 GMT
A stack of 12 bars of gold were recovered from the stomach of a businessman in the Indian capital, Delhi, a surgeon treating him tells the BBC. 
US banking giants see mixed results  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:34:30 GMT
US banking giant Goldman Sachs reports a drop in net earnings while Morgan Stanley sees profits jump. 
Weibo shares surge on US debut  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:10:20 GMT
Shares in China's largest Twitter-like service, Weibo, went up by almost 20% on the first day of its listing in the US, despite a disappointing start. 
German media boss criticises Google  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:20:24 GMT
In an open letter to Google's Eric Schmidt the boss of German publishing firm Axel Springer says it is afraid of the search giant. 
Lavabit loses contempt appeal  Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:37:07 GMT
A US appeals court upholds a contempt of court ruling against the secure email service provider Lavabit used by whistleblower Edward Snowden. 
Prince re-signs with 'slave' label  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:49:23 GMT
Pop star Prince signs a major deal with Warner Bros Records, the label he famously fell out with nearly 20 years ago. 
Tributes for Gabriel Garcia Marquez  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:16:11 GMT
Presidents and fellow writers pay tribute to Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez ,who has died in Mexico aged 87. 
Female cave insects have 'penises'  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 04:51:03 GMT
Female insects with 'penises' have been discovered in Brazil - the first example of an animal with sex-reversed genitalia. 
Ancient life 'frozen' by impacts  Fri, 18 Apr 2014 01:54:53 GMT
Ancient grasses from the Pampas of Argentina were preserved when asteroids struck the area, scientists report.