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      VIDEO: Heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine
      Sun, 27 Jul 2014 21:38:34 GMT
      There are reports of heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine, close to the site where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed.
      VIDEO: Gaza conflict: The aid sent from Dubai
      Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:25:16 GMT
      The airline of Dubai's government is flying huge amounts of aid to Gaza.
      VIDEO: Dozens killed in Libya clashes
      Sun, 27 Jul 2014 18:34:48 GMT
      Dozens of deaths have been reported in Libya, amid fierce fighting in Benghazi and near the airport in the capital Tripoli.
      VIDEO: Ukrainian refugees 'just want to survive'
      Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:28:03 GMT
      Up to 230,000 Ukrainians have had to flee their homes because of intense fighting in the east of the country.
      VIDEO: Clashes at Paris pro-Palestinian demo
      Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:56:07 GMT
      French police fired tear gas as clashes broke out at a banned pro-Palestinian demonstration on Saturday, as thousands defied a ban on the protest.
      VIDEO: S Sudan: 'The world is not paying attention'
      Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:29:39 GMT
      Millions of people could face starvation unless more is done to stave off a looming famine in South Sudan, UNICEF and the World Food Programme have warned.
      VIDEO: Air Algerie bodies to be brought to France
      Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:51:10 GMT
      France's president has promised that the bodies of 118 people who died when an Air Algerie plane crashed in Mali will be brought to France.
      VIDEO: Tense times in Isis-held Mosul
      Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:23:00 GMT
      Earlier this week, fighters from the Sunni extremist group Isis blew up a well-known shrine in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
      VIDEO: Sloviansk: Going back to ruined house
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:57:56 GMT
      Many residents of Sloviansk are now returning home, after pro-Russian insurgents were pushed out of the eastern Ukrainian city at the beginning of July.
      VIDEO: 'Situation tense' for 24-hour Gaza truce
      Sun, 27 Jul 2014 01:49:19 GMT
      Israel has accepted a UN request for a 24-hour ceasefire in Gaza, but warns the army will act if it is breached by Palestinian militants.
      VIDEO: Violence in CAR after ceasefire agreed
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:21:08 GMT
      A new surge of violence is sweeping through the Central African Republic despite a ceasefire agreement between rival armed groups.
      VIDEO: Honour for 101-year-old weatherman
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:38:16 GMT
      America's longest serving volunteer weather observer, 101-year-old Richard G Hendrickson, will be honoured on Sunday for 84 years service.
      VIDEO: Isis 'overruns' Syrian military base
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:26:18 GMT
      Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) say they have taken over a large Syrian army base on the outskirts of the city of Raqqa in north-eastern Syria.
      VIDEO: Illegal child migration to US soars
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:41:16 GMT
      In the last eight months alone, nearly 60,000 children have crossed the border illegally into the United States, in the hope of a better life.
      VIDEO: Ebola death confirmed in Nigeria
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:29:02 GMT
      Nigeria's health minister has confirmed that Ebola caused the death of a Liberian man who died in quarantine in Lagos.
      VIDEO: Is Ramadan too commercial?
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:28:43 GMT
      Many Pakistanis are complaining that Ramadan has become too commercial over the last few years, and is losing its true spirit.
      VIDEO: 'Fluffy' dinosaur theory sparks debate
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 05:10:47 GMT
      All dinosaurs were covered with feathers or had the potential to grow feathers, a study published in the journal, Science, suggests.
      VIDEO: Left behind in 'dead' Ukraine city
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:10:55 GMT
      The BBC's Natalia Antelava speaks to residents in the city of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, the last stronghold of pro-Russian separatists, to gauge how the conflict is affecting their lives.
      VIDEO: The toughest cop on Wall Street
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:20:55 GMT
      Benjamin Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services, is known as the toughest cop on Wall Street.
      VIDEO: Ceasefire push as Gaza toll rises
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 13:06:01 GMT
      Efforts to secure a ceasefire between Israel and the militant Hamas movement are intensifying as the death toll in the 18-day conflict continues to climb.
      VIDEO: Water ATMs bring clean water to Delhi
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:20:22 GMT
      The authorities is Delhi are piloting water dispensing machines to bring clean water to residents.
      VIDEO: Moment Isis blew up Iraq shrine
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:33:37 GMT
      Social media footage has emerged purporting to show the Sunni Islamist group Isis blowing up a shrine in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
      VIDEO: MH17 crash scene still unsecured
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:34:24 GMT
      A week after Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 came down in Ukraine, the crash site has yet to be secured raising concerns that vital evidence will be lost.
      VIDEO: Hamas leader: 'Bloodshed should end'
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:46:29 GMT
      The leader of Hamas, Khaled Meshaal, has said the group wants a truce as soon as possible, but with a genuine guarantee to lift the eight-year long siege.
      VIDEO: Soldiers clear Taiwan plane wreckage
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:27:18 GMT
      Soldiers and recovery teams are continuing to clear the wreckage from a plane crash on a Taiwanese island that killed 48 people.
      VIDEO: 'You can hear the bombs and missiles'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:08:39 GMT
      More than 800 people have died in the latest outbreak of violence in the Middle East, and despite calls for a ceasefire, the fighting continues.
      VIDEO: No sleep for family in new Gaza
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:44:42 GMT
      The BBC's Yolande Knell visits a family in Gaza struggling to maintain their day-to-day lives as the conflict between Hamas and Israel rages.
      VIDEO: Mark Hamill on new Star Wars
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:05:31 GMT
      Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker more than 30 years ago, has said it feels like an "unexpected gift" to be back on a Star Wars set.
      VIDEO: West Bank Gaza protests turn deadly
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 06:54:52 GMT
      At least two Palestinians have been killed during a West Bank march protesting against Israel's military operation in Gaza.
      VIDEO: Close-up: MH17 crash investigation
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 22:01:00 GMT
      MH17 crash investigation expected to be long and complex in attempt to piece together exactly what happened.
      VIDEO: Pope meets Sudan 'apostasy' woman
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:33:24 GMT
      Pope Francis has met Meriam Yahia, the Sudanese woman who fled Sudan after being spared a death sentence for renouncing Islam.
      VIDEO: 'Little faith' in CAR ceasefire
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:06:31 GMT
      Fighting has continued in the Central African Republic despite a ceasefire agreement between the rival armed groups.
      VIDEO: Ghanaians protest poor economy
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:54:28 GMT
      Thousands of Ghanaians took to the streets on Thursday across the country, in protest against what they call the government's mismanagement of the economy.
      VIDEO: Ukraine rebel leader admits Russia links
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:47:27 GMT
      The leader of Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, Alexander Borodai, has admitted contacts with Russian security services.
      VIDEO: China meat 'months' past expiry date
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:21:50 GMT
      China detains five people as part of its probe into a firm that allegedly supplied out of date meat to fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC.
      VIDEO: Commonwealth Games' opening ceremony
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:53:58 GMT
      The 2014 Commonwealth Games have officially opened at a ceremony in the Scottish city of Glasgow
      VIDEO: Gaza UN shelter hit, 'killing 13'
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:01:41 GMT
      At least 13 people have been killed and more than 200 injured when a UN-run school used as a shelter in Gaza was shelled, the Gaza health ministry says.
      VIDEO: Mayfly swarm fools radar
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:08:01 GMT
      Millions of mayflies took to the air in Wisconsin, tricking radar into thinking it was raining
      VIDEO: Wine fraudster to be sentenced in US
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:24:26 GMT
      Rudy Kurniawan, who manufactured phony vintage wine in his kitchen, will be sentenced for fraud on Thursday.
      VIDEO: Ukraine village 'shelled by forces'
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:07:53 GMT
      Natalia Antelava gains access to a village where one woman apparently died, and another was badly injured, when it was allegedly shelled by Ukrainian Grad rockets.
      VIDEO: Thousands mourn Israeli soldier
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:33:24 GMT
      More funerals for Israeli soldiers killed in the conflict with Palestinians have been held as air strikes continue to target Gaza.
      VIDEO: Red Cross attacked by Gaza civilians
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:13:58 GMT
      Paul Adams sees a Red Cross evacuation mission come under attack by local people in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood
      VIDEO: Seals 'stressed' by warming seas
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:12:08 GMT
      Warming seas are reducing the food supply for Antarctic seals, say researchers.
      VIDEO: 'Depressed' polar bear not moving
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:40:08 GMT
      Arturo, the polar bear dubbed 'the world's saddest animal', will be staying at his zoo in Argentina, despite a massive petition calling for him to be moved to a colder climate.
      VIDEO: Rescue mission to reach Gaza wounded
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 01:02:25 GMT
      Lyse Doucet reports from Gaza on a rescue mission to evacuate wounded civilians from Khan Younis and Shejaiya.
      VIDEO: Frustration as Israel flights suspended
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:23:15 GMT
      Several airlines have suspended flights to Israel after a rocket from Gaza landed near Ben Gurion airport, in Tel Aviv
      VIDEO: Solemn ceremony for MH17 victims
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:44:41 GMT
      The Netherlands receives the first victims' bodies from crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in a solemn ceremony at Eindhoven air base.
      VIDEO: The Commonwealth Games in 60 seconds
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:11:29 GMT
      As the Commonwealth Games kick off in Glasgow, the BBC explains the background to the action - in 60 seconds.
      VIDEO: Peaches Geldof died of heroin overdose
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:29:58 GMT
      Peaches Geldof died of a heroin overdose, a coroner rules.
      VIDEO: Games cyclists find Glasgow bearings
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:13:21 GMT
      Scotland Correspondent Lorna Gordon bumps into some of the team from Swaziland on the streets of Glasgow.
      VIDEO: Norway: 20-hour Ramadan fast ‘tough’
      Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:16:17 GMT
      In Norway, where the days can be 20 hours long in the summer, fasting during Ramadan is a particular challenge.
      VIDEO: Rodriguez hugs fan who invades pitch
      Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:59:53 GMT
      Colombian football star James Rodriguez hugged a fan who invaded the pitch as he was presented as a new player for Real Madrid.
      VIDEO: Amur leopards born at zoo
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:33:32 GMT
      A pair of Amur leopards, which are said to be the rarest big cats in the world, have been born in Leicestershire.
      VIDEO: Drones overhead on streets of Gaza
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:23:32 GMT
      The United Nations says about 102,000 displaced people are now using shelters across Gaza as the Israeli offensive continues. Those who have stayed are adjusting to the sounds and sights of conflict, as Yolande Knell reports from Gaza.
      VIDEO: Joko Widodo wins Indonesia election
      Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:53:37 GMT
      Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo has been declared the winner of Indonesia's hotly-contested presidential election.


      Entertainment News

      How The Rock became 'Hercules'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:42:19 EDT
      To convincingly yell "I am Hercules!" in his new action movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to do more than warm up his vocal chords.

      Comic-con: Affleck's 'Batman'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:22:09 EDT
      Attendees at 2014's San Diego Comic-Con have gotten up close and personal with Ben Affleck's Batman.

      Darth Car unveiled at Comic-Con
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:43:02 EDT
      Mattel unveiled the special-edition "Darth Car," which heralds the toymaker's partnership with the "Star Wars" franchise.

      Portia de Rossi joins 'Scandal'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:42:03 EDT
      When last we saw Olivia Pope, she was flying off into the sunset (or maybe just flying off) with Jake by her side—leaving behind a broken Fitz, who'd just lost his son and realized some horrible things about his father. D.C. now rests in the hands of Olivia's own father, who once again took over B-613. So what awaits the team when season four starts up? How about a new face?

      Bullock: 50 and still America's sweetheart
      Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:34:42 EDT
      If there were ever a contest for "America's sweetheart," Sandra Bullock would be tough to beat.

      Happy birthday Spacey!
      Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:31:48 EDT

      Male model now a woman
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:27:25 EDT
      As a male model, Andrej Pejic blazed trails with an androgynous look that saw him walking the runway in women's fashion shows.

      Adam West: Affleck will be a great Batman
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:25:49 EDT
      You can calm down now, Internet. Ben Affleck has gotten the original TV Batman's stamp of approval.

      Morgan Freeman with a high voice is hilarious
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:16:38 EDT
      You know the voice of Morgan Freeman: commanding, firm, resonant. He's even played God. On Thursday's "Tonight," he inhaled helium.

      Pratt: the next Harrison Ford?
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:12:56 EDT
      Chris Pratt: the next Harrison Ford? Plus Dwayne Johnson HAD to be Hercules, and Colin Firth gets overwhelmed!

      'Up the Down Staircase' author dies at 103
      Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:32:14 EDT
      Bel Kaufman, author of the bestselling 1960s classic "Up the Down Staircase," has died at 103.

      Review: 'Hercules' needs better Dwayne Johnson
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:38:01 EDT
      In Brett Ratner's adaptation of Steve Moore's 2008 graphic novel, "Hercules," as played by Dwayne Johnson, is a world-weary mercenary who allows others to believe — and perhaps embellish — his heroic tales. Travelling with a Magnificent Seven-style band of warriors who are lured by riches to defend the beleaguered kingdom of Lord Cotys (John Hurt), the mighty man is still haunted by nightmares of the three-headed Cerberus, and he mourns the murder of his wife and children — though there are those who whisper that he himself killed them.

      Review: 'Lucy' has no boundaries
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:18:25 EDT
      Three years ago, director Luc Besson tried to do prestige, directing an Oscar-bait biopic about Burmese political dissident Aung San Suu Kyi titled "The Lady."

      Costumes at Comic-Con 2014
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:41:48 EDT

      'Lucy' and badass sci-fi women
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:55:53 EDT

      Comic-con: Affleck's 'Batman'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:22:09 EDT
      Attendees at 2014's San Diego Comic-Con have gotten up close and personal with Ben Affleck's Batman.

      Eddie Vedder explains anti-war stance
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:12:49 EDT
      Eddie Vedder has a message for his critics: Imagine. He sang John Lennon song in response to criticism over anti-war views.

      Ray J charged with battery
      Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:57:00 EDT
      Ray J Norwood has been charged with four misdemeanors in a case in which he's accused of grabbing a woman's buttocks, smashing a police car window and spitting on a cop.

      Destiny's Child singer arrested
      Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:28 EDT
      Farrah Franklin, whose claim to fame is five months backing up Beyonce in the band Destiny's Child, was charged with disorderly conduct Sunday.

      Police to Bieber: Tone down the parties
      Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:55:43 EDT
      Beverly Hills police want Justin Bieber to "take the bull by the horns" and tone down his house parties.

      Kanye in GQ: 9 things we learned
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:13:20 EDT
      It looks like Kanye West's new wife is rubbing off on him.

      Adam Levine's a married man
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:34:41 EDT
      Singer Adam Levine has married an Angel -- of the Victoria's Secret variety, that is.

      Tim McGraw 'swats' fan to save pants
      Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:24:20 EDT
      Tim McGraw "instinctively swatted" at a fan who refused to let go of his leg during the finale of an Atlanta concert last week, a rep said.

      Animals prove we can all be friends
      Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:58:07 EDT
      Funny or Die searched the internet for the cutest animal friendships. For more go to funnyordie.com.

      George Takei hosts first gay 'Bachelor'
      Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:09:01 EDT
      Coming this summer, "The Bachelor" welcomes its first gay contestant. For more go to funnyordie.com.

      Wolf Blitzer sings Duran Duran
      Thu, 05 Jun 2014 09:27:25 EDT
      CNN's Wolf Blitzer gets autotuned to Duran Duran's 'Hungry Like the Wolf.' For more go to funnyordie.com.

      'Buffy' cast: Where are they now?
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:40:03 EDT

      Portia de Rossi joins 'Scandal'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:40:23 EDT
      When last we saw Olivia Pope, she was flying off into the sunset (or maybe just flying off) with Jake by her side—leaving behind a broken Fitz, who'd just lost his son and realized some horrible things about his father. D.C. now rests in the hands of Olivia's own father, who once again took over B-613. So what awaits the team when season four starts up? How about a new face?

      'Duck Dynasty' camo lawsuit
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:37:08 EDT
      When Uncle Si Robertson declared on "Duck Dynasty" that "My favorite color is Camo" it spurred a line of clothing sold to the A&E show's fans, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. A Florida company claims the cable channel's sales of t-shirt, hoodies and other apparel bearing that quote violate its trademark.

      Colbert 'Late Show' staying in New York
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:54:51 EDT
      The host of CBS' "Late Show" may be changing, but the location is staying the same. Colbert version is staying in New York.

      Maisie Williams goes 'Game of Thrones' on airline
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:38:04 EDT
      Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO's hit series "Game of Thrones," got into a row on Twitter with British Airways.

      'Downton Abbey': When you'll see Season 5
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:56:00 EDT
      After the New Year, it'll be "Downton Abbey" season.

      How The Rock became 'Hercules'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:39:32 EDT
      To convincingly yell "I am Hercules!" in his new action movie, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson had to do more than warm up his vocal chords.

      'Pirates of the Caribbean 5' set for 2017
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:37:34 EDT
      The last we saw of Captain Jack Sparrow, he was on a beach with ol' scallywag Gibbs, reflecting on his decision to deny himself the Fountain of Youth. "Who's to say I won't live forever [anyway], eh?," he says. Indeed.

      Robert Downey Jr. wants more 'Iron Man'
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:38:50 EDT
      Another go at "Iron Man"? Robert Downey Jr. would welcome the opportunity.

      Hoffman didn't want 'trust fund kids'
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:56:23 EDT
      Philip Seymour Hoffman didn't want his children to become "trust fund kids" so he left his fortune to his girlfriend, a court document said.

      Hollywood's highest-paid actor
      Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:54:48 EDT
      Robert Downey Jr. is once again the most highly paid actor in Hollywood, according to Forbes magazine.

      Dwayne Johnson may play a superhero
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:53:22 EDT
      Dwayne Johnson has long been rumored to play a character in Warner Bros' rapidly expanding DC movie universe.

      Darth Car unveiled at Comic-Con
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:43:02 EDT
      Mattel unveiled the special-edition "Darth Car," which heralds the toymaker's partnership with the "Star Wars" franchise.

      'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:58:47 EDT
      "Fifty Shades of Grey's" infamous "Red Room" has arrived.

      Cosplay at Comic-Con
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 08:20:55 EDT
      The annual San Diego Comic-Con, mecca of all things pop culture, began on Wednesday night and runs through Sunday, July 27. The massive convention -- known for giving fans a first look at the latest "geek-friendly" TV, film and of course, comics -- is also a major gathering for cosplayers (that is, fans who wear costumes of their favorite characters).

      'Weird Al' Yankovic hits No. 1 on the charts
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:36:11 EDT
      It's "Mandatory": "Weird Al" Yankovic is Number One with his album "Mandatory Fun."

      J-Lo turns 45 and rocks bikini
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:40:14 EDT
      It's not her birthday suit, but Jennifer Lopez is showing that 45 is treating her pretty well.

      Kid Rock subpoenaed for sex toy
      Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:36:36 EDT
      It's nothing to "whoop whoop" about: The ongoing sexual harassment lawsuit against horrorcore hip-hop act Insane Clown Posse just got a lot more disgusting, and it involves a glass sex toy reportedly owned by Kid Rock. Attorneys for the group's former publicist, Andrea Pellegrini, have subpoenaed the rocker to produce the item as court evidence, Detroit Free Press reports.

      Where are 'Bachelor' couples?
      Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:58:08 EDT

      Happy 25th birthday Daniel Radcliffe!
      Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:57:13 EDT

      50 celebs turning 50
      Fri, 18 Jul 2014 20:23:58 EDT

      Look who's expecting
      Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:59:43 EDT

      'Will & Grace' cast: Where are they now?
      Wed, 16 Jul 2014 15:32:11 EDT

      Sarah Michelle Gellar's juicy new 'job'
      Tue, 15 Jul 2014 12:15:38 EDT