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Kurdish fighter next to vehicle destroyed by IS during advance towards Mount Sinjar. 18 Dec 2014 Kurds 'break IS mountain siege'

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken Islamic State's siege of Mount Sinjar, claiming their biggest victory yet against the militants.


Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga fighters

'Biggest victory yet' against IS militants

Kurdish forces in northern Iraq say they have broken the Islamic State siege of Mount Sinjar, where thousands of Yazidis and other displaced Iraqis have been trapped since August.


Five Christmas tree secrets

Five Christmas tree secrets

Things you didn't know about these festive trees


The man with 2,388 pairs of shoes

The man with 2,388 pairs of shoes

One of many cashing in on the $1bn market for retro sneakers


Meet McLaren's 911 Turbo-killer

Meet McLaren's 911 Turbo-killer

The British sports car maker teases its V8-powered Sports Series


Why North Korea fears this film

Why North Korea fears this film

How The Interview struck a nerve


The city where Christmas is made

The city where Christmas is made

Unexpected origin of your decorations


The world's greenest cities

The world's greenest cities

What's it like to live in a sustainable city?

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The craziest new frontiers (Thinkstock)

The craziest new frontiers

The Philae comet landing has been hailed as the start of a new chapter in space exploration - so where to next? Here are the most exotic missions being dreamed up by space agencies.

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Social shopping

Asia's 'social shopping' boom

In a world of fake goods and knock-offs, increasing numbers of Asian consumers are relying on social media for shopping - and global retailers are taking notice.

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The car lover's fantasy gift guide

An Airstream with amenities that would give a mansion a run for its money, a do-it-yourself dune buggy and the "Jaguar of bicycles" round out BBC Autos' list of luxury gifts for gearheads.




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