Lebanese church distributes aid for Iraqi refugees

Members of the Chaldean Diocese in Baabda, were giving food items on Wednesday to Iraqi Christian refugees who fled the ongoing fighting between Iraqi government forces and Islamic State (IS) jihadists in northern Iraq. Duration: 00:45 Aug 20, 2014

Memories of German WWI atrocities haunt Belgium

Bloody German atrocities against Belgian civilians at the outset of World War I still haunt gentle towns such as Dinant and Louvain whose sacrifice sparked global outrage and a drive to curb war crimes. Duration: 02:20 Aug 20, 2014

Work of US reporter James Foley, purportedly beheaded by IS

Islamic State on Tuesday purportedly released a video showing the beheading of US journalist James Foley. Foley was an experienced reporter who had covered numerous conflicts, contributing to Agence France-Presse and other outlets. Duration: 00:53 Aug 20, 2014

US closely monitoring Pak political situation: Reports

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The United States said on Tuesday that it was closely observing the political situation in Pakistan. State Department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf said that the US ambassador in Pakistan attended meetings with Pakistani political and religious leaders. Harf also said that the US embassy is sending all updates on political crisis to Secretary of State John Kerry. US wants India -Pakistan relations to improve and the countries to resume talks, said the US ambassador in Pakistan. Aug 20, 2014

Defence Minister says Indian forces did not allow Chinese troops' encroachment

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said that Army Chief had already clarified that there was no incursion by Chinese troops. He added that there have been cases when Chinese patrols were getting into Indian territory but our forces took action and did not allow them to encroach in. Aug 20, 2014

Employees in Kashmir stage protest to demand better wages

Srinagar, Aug 20 (ANI): Over a hundred furious government employees staged a protest in Jammu and Kashmir to demand better wages and regularisation of jobs. Demanding better treatment, the employees under the banner of Employees Joint Action Committee (EJAC) shouted slogans against the State government in Srinagar on Wednesday and said the government has not fulfilled the terms of agreement yet. Reportedly, on August 17, a high level delegation of EJAC met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s political secretary, Tanveer Sadiq, to discuss the issues. The police intervened during the protest and detained the protesting workers. Aug 20, 2014

There are only two stakeholders on JandK: MEA

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): Pakistan's ambassador to New Delhi defended his decision to meet Kashmiri separatists earlier this week, a move that prompted India to call off planned high-level talks with the Pakistan government. He said that Kashmiri leaders are legitimate stakeholders in peaceful and viable resolution of the problem. Reacting over this, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that after signing of the Simla Agreement there are only 2 "stakeholders" on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir - India and Pakistan. Aug 20, 2014

NHRC sends notice to Gujarat Govt. on kids swimming across bridgeless river to reach school

New Delhi, Aug 20 (ANI): The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that in absence of a bridge, about 125 students of five villages in Chhota Udepur District in Gujarat have to swim across the Hiran River to go to their government school in Utavadi Village in Tilakwada Taluka of District Narmada. The villagers have been requesting for construction of a bridge over the river for a very long time but in vain. Accordingly, a notice has been forwarded to Gujarat's chief secretary to submit a report within a month. Aug 20, 2014

Need peoples' mass support: Irom Sharmila after being released from custody

Imphal, Aug 20 (ANI): Human Rights Activist and Iron Lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila was released from Custody on Wednesday after Court dropped suicide charges against her. Sharmila said that she needs mass support of the people. She also said that her battle against the removal of a draconian law will continue. She began her fast in November 2000 after 10 people were killed in a shooting at a bus stop near her home in Manipur, a remote state that borders Myanmar. Aug 20, 2014

Separatist organisation protests in Kashmir, demands release of prisoners

Srinagar, Aug 20 (ANI): Separatist organisation, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), staged a sit-in protest on Wednesday, as they demanded the release of political prisoners languishing in jails for the past several years. The JKLF members protested in Srinagar city against the apathy of the government towards their long pending demands. The protesters, holding photographs of the prisoners, hoped for early release of people who have been arrested for protesting in the valley. JKLF vice chairman, Bashir Ahmad Bhat, expressed his ire over atrocities committed against Kashmiri prisoners in jails. Aug 20, 2014

At least 36 dead as Japan landslides engulf homes

Huge landslides in western Japan killed at least 36 people and left rescuers scrambling to find another seven still missing, authorities said Wednesday, after a wall of mud smashed into their homes. Duration: 01:14 Aug 20, 2014

Tapas Pal in hospital after brain stroke

Kolkata, Aug 20 (ANI): Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Pal was on Tuesday admitted in a super specialty hospital after suffering a brain stroke. Earlier in July too, Pal (55) was admitted after a sudden spurt in his blood pressure. Paul was recently in the news for threatening to kill opposition CPI (M) workers and have their women raped if a single ruling party worker was attacked, a comment which drew widespread criticism and forced him to tender an apology. Aug 20, 2014