Sitharaman meets delegates from Tatarstan, Japan to discuss free trade agreements

New Delhi, Nov 19 (ANI): A Russian delegation led by Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov met Union Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi. The delegation which is in India will form a Joint Working Group (JWG) of the two countries to work on ways to strengthen trade in fertilisers, chemicals and pharmaceuticals between India and Tatarstan. Meanwhile, two delegations from Japan, including one headed by the Chief Executive Officer Of Mitsui and Co. Ltd. and Chairman of Japan-India Business Co-operation Committee, Masami Iijima and Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) headed by Hiroyuki Ishige also met Sitharaman. The delegation is visiting India for the purpose of the free trade agreement being negotiated by the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) which would help India boost its commerce and manufacturing. Nov 19, 2014

Traditional welcome ceremony held for PM Modi in Fiji

Fiji, Nov 19 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi was given a traditional welcome at Albert Park in Fiji's capital Suva. Modi appreciated the scenic beauty and diversity of culture in the island nation saying that he could sense tradition as he stepped on Fijian land. Modi also said that India and Fiji share common aspirations and with his visit there will be a new beginning for relations between both the nations. Nov 19, 2014

Massive employment drive for youth takes place in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 19 (ANI): A recruitment drive restarted in Jammu and Kashmir and corporate firms held workshops to provide employment to youth as the region was recovering from the worst floods in a century. The three-day drive was launched on Monday in Kashmir's capital, Srinagar, by a special initiative called Udaan or 'flight' under the public-private partnership, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) India. 'Udaan' has been working in the state for three years but had halted its efforts after floods struck the region in September. A coordinator of the NSDC, Bint Abass, said that they were renewing efforts to provide jobs to the affected youth in the state. Abass added that 18 corporate firms were participating in the drive to train and recruit youth in a wide range of sectors like banking, information technology, finance, hospitality and education. Nov 19, 2014

Expert: Iran nuclear talks failure could result in escalation

As Iran and world powers enter a final round of nuclear talks, special advisor on Iran at the United States Institute of Peace Daniel Brumberg warns of a possible 'escalation of conflict' between Iran and the US if the deal fails. Duration: 00:55 Nov 19, 2014

FARC holding Colombia general

Colombia's FARC guerrillas confirm that they are holding a missing general whose kidnapping caused the government to suspend peace talks aimed at ending the country's 50-year-old conflict. Duration: 00:29 Nov 19, 2014

Obama urges calm after 'horrific' Jerusalem attack

President Barack Obama condemns a "horrific attack" on a Jerusalem synagogue that killed four people, including three US citizens, and urged Israel and the Palestinians to seek peace. Duration: 00:54 Nov 19, 2014

Exiled Ben Ali son-in-law returns to Tunisia

An exiled son-in-law of deposed Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali returned to the capital Tuesday to challenge a jail sentence for having a gun, his lawyer told AFP. Duration: 00:53 Nov 19, 2014

Ebola heightens childbirth danger in Sierra Leone

Having children has always been a frightening prospect in Sierra Leone, the world's most dangerous place to give birth, but Ebola has presented an alarming new threat for expectant mothers. Duration: 2:09 Nov 19, 2014

German FM calls on Ukraine parties to return to ceasefire

Germany's Foreign Minister Frank Walter-Steinmeier met with Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk on Tuesday saying the country must not return to the situation it faced before the Minsk Agreement. Duration: 00:41 Nov 19, 2014

Abe calls snap Japan poll, delays tax hike

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday he was calling a snap election and delaying an expected sales tax rise after figures showed Japan was in recession. Duration: 01:14 Nov 19, 2014