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VIDEO: Who are Japan's Yakuza? In 60 secs 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 18:35:25 GMT 
    Who are Japan's mysterious Yakuza gangsters? BBC News explains, in 60 seconds.

VIDEO: 'Picture perfect' scene for China parade 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:33:46 GMT 
    China prepares to stage a huge military parade on 3 September to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Asia.

VIDEO: Jake Gyllenhaal wows crowds in Venice 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 21:36:05 GMT 
    Actor Jake Gyllenhaal apparently found it difficult to tear himself away from adoring fans as he arrived for the 72nd Venice Film Festival.

VIDEO: Remains revealed as 17th Century prisoners 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:36:09 GMT 
    Remains found in the grounds of Durham University are 17th Century Scottish prisoners of war, experts say.

VIDEO: Danish Astronaut takes Lego to space 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:32:11 GMT 
    Denmark's first ever astronaut has begun his journey into space, heading for the International Space Station aboard a Soyuz rocket.

Have we passed the peak era of globalisation? 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:33:29 GMT 
    Newsnight's Duncan Weldon considers what happens to inflation if globalisation itself slows down.

Just how far is Russia bolstering Assad? 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 15:13:23 GMT 
    Suspicions that Russia has sent state-of-the-art military vehicles to Syria suggests Moscow is still very much behind the regime of President Assad, says the BBC's Jonathan Marcus.

Can we live with nuclear technology? 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 01:43:36 GMT 
    As Japan restarts its nuclear power industry, four years after the Fukushima disaster, have we learned to make peace with the technology?

Why IS militants destroy ancient sites 
  Tue, 01 Sep 2015 15:24:46 GMT 
    The destruction of temples in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra is part of a deliberate policy by so-called Islamic State to rid areas it controls of cultural and religious heritage, says Dr David Roberts of King's College, London.

Urgent plea to shear overgrown sheep 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:48:25 GMT 
    Australia's national shearing champion is urgently called in after a heavily overgrown sheep is found wandering near the capital Canberra.

Kermit denies he has a new girlfriend 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 06:32:39 GMT 
    Kermit the Frog denies reports that he's in a relationship with the show's marketing executive, Denise.

Argentina orders HSBC to replace boss 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 09:45:48 GMT 
    Argentina's central bank has ordered HSBC to replace its chief executive in the country and accused it of failing to prevent tax evasion.

New ranges send Lego sales soaring 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:22:37 GMT 
    New Jurassic World and Elves ranges help Lego post double-digit sales growth globally in the first half of the year.

Sony phone is first to have 4K screen 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:45:09 GMT 
    Sony says its new smartphone is the first to have a 4K-resolution screen.

Motorola announces new smartwatches 
  Wed, 02 Sep 2015 19:22:05 GMT 
    Motorola is to release two second-generation models of its Moto 360 smartwatch, one of which will contain a GPS chip.
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