US launches airstrikes on ISIS in Northern Iraq

Iraq, Aug 09 (ANI): US warplanes bombed Islamist fighters marching on Iraq's Kurdish capital after President Barack Obama said Washington must act to prevent "genocide" in the strife-torn nation. Islamic State fighters, who have beheaded and crucified captives in their drive to eradicate unbelievers, have advanced to Erbil. They have also seized control of Iraq's biggest dam, which could allow them to flood cities and cut off vital water and electricity supplies. A Pentagon spokesman said that two F/A-18 aircraft from an aircraft carrier in the Gulf had dropped laser-guided 500-pound bombs on a mobile artillery piece used by the fighters to shell Kurdish forces defending Erbil. Aug 9, 2014

BJP National Council meet to facilitate PM Modi & partys big win

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) first National Council meet after forming the government at the Centre is scheduled to start at 10.30 am on Saturday in the capital. The meet is being held to discuss party organization issues. BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Satish Upadhyaya welcomed the same and showed full enthusiasm towards the function. Naqvi said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah will address the meet. The session, to be held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, will start with Amit Shah's ratification as new party chief and conclude with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address. Aug 9, 2014

Defence expert terms Obamas decision to launch air strikes on Iraq as toughest move

New Delhi, Aug 09 (ANI): Defence Expert, Praful Bakshi said that decision taken by US President Barack Obama to launch strike at this juncture is a very difficult decision to contain the onslaught of Islamist militants in northern Iraq. The United States has also begun dropping relief supplies to the refugees. Meanwhile, Bureau Chief of Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) Dr Waiel Awwad, welcomed the move by saying that they are beasts and they should be eliminated from this part of the world. Aug 9, 2014

Liberian check point screens possible Ebola victims

Liberians wanting to travel to Monrovia are undergoing temperature screenings to identify any possible vicitms of the Ebola virus as the country battles the deadliest-ever outbreak. Duration: 00:57 Aug 9, 2014

Pistorius lawyer: 'It was huge unfortunate mistake'

Oscar Pistorius's defence lawyer said Friday the "cold facts" did not prove the star sprinter had intended to kill his model girlfriend, as he launched a final bid to save the "Blade Runner" from life in prison. Duration: 00:52 Aug 9, 2014

Residents of Ukraine's restive Donetsk pray for peace

People gathered in front of a church in Ukraine's troubled eastern city of Donetsk Friday to pray for peace, with fighting between government and pro-Russian forces moving closer to the city centre. Duration: 00:38 Aug 9, 2014

WHO declares Ebola an international helath emergency

The World Health Organisation on Friday declared the killer Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of west Africa an international health emergency and appealed for global aid to help afflicted countries. Duration: 01:03 Aug 9, 2014

Baghdad residents react to Obama's decision

President Barack Obama has ordered US warplanes back into Iraqi skies to stop jihadists from moving into autonomous Kurdistan and carrying out a potential genocide against displaced minorities. Duration: 01:29 Aug 8, 2014

EU food embargo a blow for Russian cheese shop

Russia's embargo against food from the European Union will affect 10 percent of the EU's food exports and may cause a crisis of glut in Europe, industry experts warn. For one cheese shop in Moscow, the immediate future is uncertain. Duration: 00:57 Aug 8, 2014