Spain PM vows to block Catalonia independence vote

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy repeated on Friday his threat to block attempts by leaders of the economically powerful Catalonia region to hold an independence referendum in November. Duration: 00:51 Aug 2, 2014

Liberia spreads message to its population: 'Ebola is real'

The World Health Organization warned west Africa's Ebola-hit nations on Friday that the epidemic was spiralling out of control and could spread to other countries, causing "catastrophic" loss of life and severe economic disruption. Duration: 00:41 Aug 2, 2014

Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise free to leave Russia

Greenpeace_s ship Arctic Sunrise, held in custody by the Russian authorities since September last year, has departed the Russian city of Murmansk en route for its home port of Amsterdam. Duration: 01:04 Aug 2, 2014

Uganda court scraps controversial new anti-gay law

Uganda_s constitutional court on Friday overturned tough new anti-gay laws that had been branded draconian by rights groups, saying they had been wrongly passed by parliament. Duration: 01:10 Aug 2, 2014

Obama_s Africa summit to confront Islamist threat

US President Barack Obama hosts an unprecedented gathering of African leaders next week. Among items under discussion will be the security threat posed by Islamist groups such as Boko Haram in northern Nigeria. Duration: 02:37 Aug 1, 2014

Security laws pose threat to media freedoms in east Africa

The recent trial of a leading Burundian human rights activists has highlighted the growing use of security-related laws in some East African states in order to quash independent reporting and stifle dissent. Duration: 03:08 Aug 1, 2014

Pyrenees orphan bear cub gets brand new home

The discovery of a bear cub in the Pyrenees mountains made headlines in April 2014. Despire several attempts to find the animal's mother, the cub remained alone. Now, the Pyrenees Conservation Foundation has constructed an enclosure. Duration: 00:31 Aug 1, 2014

3 killed in blast in Goalpara of Assam

Guwahati, Aug 1 (ANI): Three people were killed in a bomb blast in Mungrai village in Goalpara district of Assam. Police suspect an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) the militants planned to plant went off in the house where they had taken shelter. The village close to the Assam-Meghalaya border comes under Agia police station. Aug 1, 2014

Vijay Goel clarifies controversial speech over migrants from UP and Bihar in Delhi

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): BJP leader Vijay Goel on Friday clarified his speech in Rajya Sabha, pointing that migrants from UP and Bihar should be stopped from settling in Delhi, which had created controversies among political leaders. Goel said that his speech has been misunderstood by those who want political gain from it. He added that he had asked to provide all facilities in other states like UP and Bihar such that migrants do not feel the need to leave their home towns and settle outside. Aug 1, 2014

Narendra Modi to visit Nepal on August 3 and 4: MEA

New Delhi, Aug 01 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs on Friday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be travelling to Kathmandu on August 3rd and 4th to have delegation level talks with his Nepali counterpart Sushil Koirala. PM will conclude his two-day visit to Nepal with a visit to the the Pashupatinath Temple. Aug 1, 2014

72-hour humanitarian truce by Israel and Hamas begins in Gaza

New York, Aug 01 (ANI): The unconditional 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire by Israel and Hamas has begun in Gaza. Israel and Hamas agreed to the ceasefire, with talks on a permanent truce set to begin in Cairo, according to a statement released by the United Nations (UN) and United States. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released a joint statement on Thursday announcing the ceasefire and calling for all parties to _act with restraint until this humanitarian ceasefire begins, and to fully abide by their commitments during the ceasefire._ As the crisis in Gaza continues unabated, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Valerie Amos on Thursday urged the parties to protect civilians from the conflict that has resulted in thousands of casualties and caused widespread displacement and destruction. Aug 1, 2014

Devotees offer milk to snakes to mark Nag Panchmi

Uttar Pradesh/ Madhya Pradesh, Aug 01 (ANI): Devotees thronged temples, offered and poured milk on snakes to celebrate Hindu festival, _Nag Panchami_ to honour serpent god on Friday. Devout Hindus in Allahabad city of Uttar Pradesh flocked temples of Hindu Lord Shiva and offered milk, water, flowers and fruits to serpents as a unique expression of devotion on the auspicious occasion. The festival is believed to bring prosperity and happiness, eradicating evil and hardships from people_s lives. Snake charmers lined the streets and attracted devotees to offer milk to snakes. Followers of Lord Shiva in Madhya Pradesh province also celebrated the festival with religious pageantry. Aug 1, 2014