Bangladesh wears festive look as Muslims celebrate holy month of Ramadan

Dhaka, July 12 (ANI): Bangladeshi Muslims celebrated the holy fasting month of Ramadan with people crowding the local markets to grab Iftar treats and thronging mosques to offer prayers. Thousands sat in rows blocking the roadways in Bangladesh as their offered prayers. Mouth watering dishes attracted customers at the local markets. A Muslim devotee Mohammad Sohag hailed the spirit of the festival that promotes oneness among the Muslim brothers. A cleric at Mazar mosque, Ashraful Haq, said the iftar parties are celebrated every year for people on fast. During Ramadan, Muslims offer special prayers called Taraweeh at the end of their usual five- times prayers.Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days and culminates in the Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations. Jul 12, 2014

Right to Food Campaign expresses disappointment over budget

New Delhi, July 12 (ANI): The Right To Food Campaign (RTFC), expressed disappointment over maiden budget of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, saying it failed to address the issue of Food Security Act and food subsidy. The RTFC, which is a network of individuals and organizations committed to realization of right to food in India, held a meeting in New Delhi and said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley did not speak about national food security law in the fiscal budget of 2014-2015, which was presented in the parliament on July 10. It said that BJP’s manifesto, which defined national security as universal food security, did not address it. Director Centre for Equity Studies, Delhi, Harsh Mander, said Jaitley had continued insensitivity trend. Jul 12, 2014

Oommen Chandy happy over employment offers for Iraq returned nurses

Thiruvananthapuram, July 12 (ANI): Expressing his happiness over the employment offers and financial assistance pouring in for the nurses who recently returned from the war-torn areas of Iraq, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said that he was very glad about it. He assured the nurses of better employment opportunities to safeguard their future. Forty six nurses, all from Kerala, who were kidnapped in strife-torn Iraq, arrived home in Kochi on July 05. During a meeting, Kerala’s chief minister, Oommen Chandy, questioned nurses regarding their current problems after returning from Iraq. The meeting also included Kerala’s Finance Minister, KM Mani, Industries Minister, PK Kunjalikutty. In the meeting, six companies offered jobs to the nurses. Middle East-based business magnate CK Menon promised Rs 3 lakh to each nurse while Atlas Ramachandran, who runs hospitals and jewellery shops in the Middle East, promised jobs to all of them. Jul 12, 2014

Srebrenica massacre victims remembered 19 years on

Thousands of people gathered on Friday in Srebrenica to mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre of some 8,000 Muslim males by ethnic Serb forces, Europe's worst atrocity since World War II. Duration: 00:58 Jul 12, 2014

Queen's Chaplain: Female bishops would be 'seismic'

The Church of England could be set to allow its first female bishops -- and not before time, according to one of those tipped for the job, who says the days of women being left to arrange the flowers are gone. Duration: 01:00 Jul 12, 2014

Erdogan vows to rewrite Turkey's constitution if elected

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said he planned to rewrite the Turkish constitution if elected president, as he outlined his vision for a booming and powerful "new Turkey" in the next decade. Duration: 00:43 Jul 12, 2014

World Cup 2014: its impact on Brazil's economy

With millions of tourists visiting Brazil and the creation of 1 million jobs, the World Cup has no doubt boosted the country’s economy, Sao Paulo, July 11, 2014. Duration: 02:06 Jul 12, 2014

Experts highlight Ebola problems in Sierra Leone

Medecins Sans Frontieres has treated more than 70 patients with symptoms resembling those of Ebola in Kailahun treatment centre in eastern Sierra Leone. MSF is concerned about a possible increase in patients in the coming weeks. Duration: 01:20 Jul 12, 2014

Yemenis demonstrate against Huthi rebels' recent attacks

Thousands of Yemenis took to the streets of Sanaa for Friday prayers followed by a protest against the Huthi rebels, who have seized the northern city of Amran, and to express solidarity with the Yemeni army, July 11, 2014. Duration: 00:50 Jul 12, 2014

Germany kicks out top US intelligence officer in spy row

Germany expelled the CIA station chief in Berlin over alleged spying by the United States which has refused to break its silence over the escalating row between the Western allies, Berlin, July 11, 2014. Duration: 00:44 Jul 12, 2014

Kerry in Kabul hopes for end to Afghan election crisis

US Secretary of State John Kerry was in Afghanistan on Friday for meetings on the disputed presidential election, with candidate Ashraf Ghani again calling for a full audit of results. Duration: 00:50 Jul 12, 2014

Zambia parliament concerned over President' Sata's health

The health of Zambian President Michael Sata came under scrutiny in parliament Friday with opposition lawmakers requesting a meeting with the ailing leader, who has not been seen in public for three weeks. Duration: 00:29 Jul 12, 2014

Ground war threat as Gaza, Israel tensions mount

An escalating conflict between Israel and Hamas may increase the likelihood of a ground incursion by Israeli forces, bent on dealing a fatal blow to the rocket-firing militants in Gaza. Duration: 02:35 Jul 12, 2014