Bolshoi ballet chief confronts alleged attacker in court

The artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet Sergei Filin on Wednesday dramatically confronted the former dancer accused of plotting to blind him with acid, rejecting allegations of an affair with a top young ballerina. Duration: 0:45 Nov 7, 2013

Iran nuclear talks kick off

A fresh round of talks between Iran and world powers kicked off Thursday with a push for Tehran to freeze its disputed nuclear programme in exchange for some relief from sanctions. Duration: 01:06 Nov 7, 2013

French rugby team warns Kiwis ahead of test match

The French rugby team warns New Zealand that they won't just be "sparring partners" for the All Blacks, ahead of their match at the Parisian Stade de France on Saturday. Duration: 00:42 Nov 7, 2013

US and Cameroon authors win top French literary prize

The Femina committee awarded its prize for best French novel to Cameroonian Leonora Miano for "La Saison de l'ombre" ("The Season of Darkness") and its prize for best foreign novel to American Richard Ford for his novel "Canada." Duration: 1:22 Nov 7, 2013

Garbage clogs streets of Madrid as sweepers strike

Rubbish piled up in the gutters of Madrid on Thursday as a strike by street-sweepers facing sackings and salary cuts began to leave its mark on the major tourist destination. Duration: 0:55 Nov 7, 2013

PLO official urges global probe into Arafat 'killing'

A PLO official on Thursday called for an international inquiry into "the killing" of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, a day after Swiss scientists said he probably died from polonium poisoning. Duration: 00:53 Nov 7, 2013

Morocco king hits back at W.Sahara rights criticism

King Mohammed VI reacted angrily to international criticism of Morocco's human rights record in the annexed Western Sahara late Wednesday, insisting the kingdom needed no lessons from anybody. Duration: 00:44 Nov 7, 2013

Colombia and FARC strike deal on key peace issue

Colombia's government and FARC guerrillas have reached agreement on the rebels' future participation in politics, a deal that brings the country closer to ending a half-century of civil war. Duration: 00:50 Nov 7, 2013