Obama backs Japan in China island row

US President Barack Obama vows to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urges Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its "dangerous" nuclear programme. Duration: 01:19 Apr 24, 2014

Rio ramps up security after deadly unrest

Just 50 days before Brazil hosts the World Cup, authorities beef up security in Rio de Janeiro after a violent clash between residents and police in a slum near the tourist haven of Copacabana beach. Duration: 01:29 Apr 24, 2014

Policeman guns down three US citizens at Kabul hospital

An Afghan policeman opened fire on staff at a Kabul hospital run by a US charity on Thursday, killing three Americans including a doctor in the latest deadly attack targeting foreign civilians in the city. Duration: 00:53 Apr 24, 2014

Politicos cast their ballot in sixth phase of LS Polls

Tanjor/ Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, April 24 (ANI): Politicians from across the country exercised their franchise and cast their ballot in the sixth phase of the ongoing mammoth democratic elections. Exuding confidence, the leaders appealed to the people to come out in large numbers to choose the best government. Apr 24, 2014

2014 LS Polls: Congress moves EC over Modi's roadshow in Varanasi

New Delhi, April 24 (ANI): The Congress moved EC against the BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi over his road show in Varanasi on Thursday, when Uttar Pradesh went to polls. The party also made a complaint against alleged rigged voting in Nagaland. Apr 24, 2014

Sri Lanka's opposition party protest against casino projects

Colombo, April 24 (ANI): The Sri Lankan government is scheduled to seek parliamentary approval for the Australian Crown Resorts Ltd's $400 million complex along with other two similar projects. President Mahinda Rajapaksa's government last year won parliamentary approval for the projects but without explicit permission to operate casinos at them. Local media reports say Crown's chief, gambling tycoon James Packer, has asked for explicit approval to run a casino for the project to take off. Opposition politicians say Packer was getting concessions not given to local entrepreneurs and Buddhist leaders said the casino could be detrimental to Sri Lanka's culture. The mixed development projects include convention centre, shopping malls, and five-star hotels. Apr 24, 2014

Moldova's horsemen fear for future of their only stud

In Southern Moldova, a minority Turkish population nurture a cult-like adoration for their horses. But funding cuts and privatisation of the country's only horse farm threaten the future of their cherished equestrian heritage. Duration: 02:07 Apr 24, 2014

Ukraine crisis prompts soul-searching in Transdniestr

On the borders of Europe, the inhabitants of Transdniestr, a Russian-speaking breakaway region of Moldvoa, desire international recognition and worry about the knock-on effects of the conflict in neighbouring Ukraine. Duration: 02:23 Apr 24, 2014

Turkey's Armenians come out of the shadows

Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian on Thursday accused Turkey of an "utter denial" in failing to recognise World War I mass killings of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire. Duration: 02:24 Apr 24, 2014