What is Halloween? Evolution of Ancient Celtic Festival into Global Fair

Halloween, also called "Hallowe'en", "All Hallows' Eve," and "All Saints' Eve," is celebrated every year on 31 October, on the eve of All Hallows (or All Saints), by Western Christians and non-Christians around the world. the festival originated from the ancient Celtic festival known as Samhain to mark the end of harvest season in Gaelic culture. Oct 30, 2014

Zambians react to the death of their president

Zambia's President Michael Sata -- nicknamed "King Cobra" for his sharp tongue and manner -- has died, according to officials, making his vice-president Africa's first white head of state in decades. Duration: 00:57 Oct 30, 2014

Egypt starts work on Gaza buffer after bombing

Egypt began setting up a buffer zone along its border with the Gaza Strip to prevent militant infiltration and arms smuggling following a wave of deadly attacks. Duration: 00:33 Oct 30, 2014

UN agency urges more access to Syria Palestinian camp

A UN official visiting Syria has called for greater access to a besieged Palestinian refugee camp outside Damascus, where residents say they have been without water for some 40 days. Duration: 00:51 Oct 30, 2014

Mexican students: Iguala's Mayor to be arrested

Mexico's Attorney General, Jésus Murillo Karam, says the Mayor of Iguala, accused of being involved in the disappearance of 43 students over a month ago, will be arrested and held until the end of an investigation. Duration: 01:01 Oct 30, 2014

Zimbabwean politician deplores "depressing picture" of Africa

Ex-Zimbabwe Minister of Finance Tendai Biti told AFP that Africa presents a "depressing picture" in terms of economy and political statistics, while his own country "remains an outpost of underdevelopment and political repression". Duration: 01:16 Oct 29, 2014

Thai court dismisses case against British rights activist

A Thai court dismisses a defamation charge against a British activist in a case linked to a report he co-authored alleging severe labour abuses in Thailand's food industry, a key supplier to Western supermarkets. Duration: 00:45 Oct 29, 2014

New wave of online delivery gains momentum

With start-ups like Postmates offering quick delivery of meals, groceries and other items through a smartphone app, the online world is delivering again. Duration: 01:39 Oct 29, 2014

Brewer recreates old Belgian beer found in shipwreck

A Finnish brewery has recreated a Belgian beer from bottles that sank 170 years ago on a merchant ship in the Baltic Sea, giving connoisseurs a chance to taste the tipple of their great-great-great-grandfathers. Duration: 01:01 Oct 29, 2014

China punishes HK lawmaker for criticising leader

A senior Hong Kong lawmaker is expelled from a prestigious Chinese government body, in a sign that Beijing will not tolerate dissent from loyalists over pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous city. Duration: 01:02 Oct 29, 2014