Yemeni children parade in Sanaa ahead of Ramadan

Dozens of Yemeni children marched in streets of Sanaa in traditional clothes during a festival to welcome the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when the faithful abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk. Duration: 00:55 Jun 27, 2014

Merkel holds out a hand to Cameron in EU jobs row

Angela Merkel urged fellow EU leaders to hold out a hand of compromise to Britain's David Cameron Thursday to defuse a row over the likely nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission president. Duration: 01:18 Jun 27, 2014

Israel's Peres receives US Congressional Gold Medal

Outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres on Thursday received the Congressional Gold Medal in the US Capitol rotunda, as he bids farewell to Washington after decades of working with American leaders. Duration: 00:38 Jun 27, 2014

Thai opposition group to set up base in West

A Thai opposition alliance set up to counter the military regime installed in a May coup says it would establish an official base in a Western country by next month. Duration: 01:18 Jun 27, 2014

Muslim Cleric on 5% reservation to Muslims by Maharashtra govt

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): The decision by Maharashtra government to approve five percent reservation for Muslims in government jobs and educational institutions, with an eye on assembly elections, has drawn mixed reactions. Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan had said that the cabinet gave green signal to five percent reservation for Muslims, an attempt to retain power by the NCP government. Muslim cleric Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali on Thursday hailed the government's move. Jun 26, 2014

National Food Security Act extended for three months

New Delhi, June 26 (ANI): Food and supplies Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday said that implementation of National Food Security Act has been extended by three months and all the states of the country will get a time frame of three-months to implement the Act. The announcement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi called a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and Paswan to discuss inflation. Jun 26, 2014

Indian PM accepted invite to visit Bangladesh: MEA

Dhaka, June 26 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday highlighted the relations between Bangladesh and India post Indian Foreign Minister's visit to the neighbouring country. MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that Bangladesh has assured that it will not allow its territory to be used against India. He also said that the Indian Prime Minister has accepted the invitation extended by the Bangladesh PM to visit Bangladesh. Akbaruddin added that the External Affairs Minister personally handed over a letter by the Indian PM to Bangladesh's Prime Minister inviting her to visit India and chart her way to the bilateral talks between both nations. Jun 26, 2014

Madhuri Dixit becomes brand ambassador of MP health scheme

Bhopal, June 26 (ANI): The health department of central Indian Madhya Pradesh and the state unit of UNICEF appointed Bollywood actress Madhuri Dixit as brand ambassador of a state scheme promoting mother and child welfare. Dixit along with state chief, Shivraj Singh Chouhan and health minister of Madhya Pradesh, Narottam Mishra launched the second phase of the campaign on Thursday in Bhopal city. Dixit has been selected as the brand ambassador for Madhya Pradesh government's 'Mamta Abhiyan' (Maternal and Child Health Campaign). Dixit emphasised on the steps being taken by the state government to ensure the safety and health of mother and child. Also Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that people should not discriminate between a boy child and a girl child. Jun 26, 2014