Kerry, Lavrov want peace and stability for Ukraine

US Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov talk about Ukraine in Paris ahead of D-Day commemorations, saying they want to contribute to peace and stability in the country. Duration: 00:53 Jun 6, 2014

British troops stage D-Day reenactment in Portsmouth

On Thursday, the British city of Portsmouth hosted a reenactment ceremony of the biggest amphibious assault, one of many events of this type planned to celebrate the 70 years of D-Day and the battle of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Jun 5, 2014

G7 leaders take tough message to Putin on Ukraine

Leaders of the G7 said they stood united Thursday ahead of their first direct meetings with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Ukraine, with President Barack Obama giving him a month to back down or face more sanctions. Jun 6, 2014

GM admits 'fundamental failure' for ignition scandal

General Motors chief executive Mary Barra admits a 'fundamental failure' following the faulty ignition scandal after pledging the company would take full responsibility and compensate victims of accidents tied to the defects. Jun 6, 2014

France pays tribute to first casualty of D-Day landings

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian pays tribute to corporal Emile Bouetard, believed to be the first French casualty of the June 1944 Allied landing operation. Bouetard was enrolled with British special forces, charged with creating a diversion in Brittany the day before the main assault in Normandy. Jun 5, 2014

Tibet leaders criticise China in new autonomy push

The leader of Tibet's exiled government accuses China of blanket repression in his homeland and warned that resentment over its rule was growing as he launched a new campaign for autonomy. Jun 5, 2014

Monsoon may arrive within 24 hours: MeT

New Delhi, June 05 (ANI): Indian weather official on Thursday said southern coast could witness the arrival of this year's monsoon in the next day or so after sporadic rains in recent days heralded the arrival of the wet season that is crucial to farmers. Scientist at the meteorological department in New Delhi, BP Yadav, said conditions have turned favourable for the monsoon onset in about 24 hours. Experts said the spread of rainfall near the southern coast does not qualify for a formal announcement of the monsoon onset. Last month, the Meteorological Department predicted a delayed onset for this year's monsoon over the Kerala coast around June 05. Jun 5, 2014

Varanasi railway station set for a makeover

Varanasi, June 05 (ANI): Indian Railways plan to revamp the railway station of Varanasi, the constituency of PM Modi, to meet international standards. Varanasi which is situated on the banks of the Ganges, is one of the two constituencies from where the newly- elected Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, fielded his candidacy and won during the general elections last month. The city is an important centre of the Indian Railways (IR). Traffic from all over the country goes through this station, which makes it a very important one. A lot of work is proposed for this station and still more sanctioned; rail authorities plan on making it fit to meet international standards. Jun 5, 2014

Indian band set to mesmerize audience with desert rhythms at Commonwealth games in Scotland

Jaipur, June 05 (ANI): The traditional 'Kawa Music Group' comprising 10 musicians and dancers of pink city, Jaipur is all set to enthrall the audience with rhythms of the desert through a vibrant performance during the Commonwealth Games beginning next month in Glasgow in Scotland. The founder of the band, Hameed Kawa, told reporters on Wednesday (June 04) said the group has created a blend of music which will be widely appreciated. Kawa also said that it is a matter of pride for them as they would perform not only Rajasthani music but also a fusion of Indian and European music. The band will also collaborate with the Kawa Musical Circus and the Musafir band. The brass band which will be part of the parade will entertain audience in public places thrice a day. Jun 5, 2014