Lucy Lawless to star in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D'

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Lucy Lawless is set to join the cast of Marvel's hit superhero-based TV series ' Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' The 46-year-old former 'Xena: Warrior Princess' star, who is also an environmental campaigner and Greenpeace ambassador, has been signed for the ABC show's second season, which is due to air in September 2014. The series, which shows the Marvel superheroes fighting world threats post an epic Battle of New York, has not yet revealed Lawless' role or the details on how many episodes she'll appear in. Jul 24, 2014

JD (U), BJP leaders clash in Bihar House

Patna, July 24 (ANI): Once companions in the NDA government, the JD (U) and BJP on Thursday clashed in the Bihar legislative council today with members of the two rival parties pushing each other in the presence of the parties_ leaders Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi. Jul 24, 2014

Yemen president urges unity in visit to restive north

Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi called Wednesday for unity during a visit to the northern city of Amran, briefly seized by Shiite rebels in clashes with government forces and loyal tribes. Duration: 01:09 Jul 24, 2014

Condemned man's US execution takes nearly two hours

America's death penalty debate raged Thursday after it took nearly two hours for Arizona to execute a prisoner who lost a Supreme Court battle challenging the experimental lethal drug cocktail. Duration: 00:55 Jul 24, 2014

Gazans survey damage after Israeli strikes

Washington's top diplomat said global efforts to end 17 days of bloodshed in Gaza were progressing as the Palestinian death toll rose to 718 on Thursday. Duration: 01:11 Jul 24, 2014

China's ageing millions look forward to bleak future

China's elderly population is expanding so quickly that children struggle to look after them, pushing them to do something unexpected in Chinese society- move their parents into a nursing home. Duration: 02:07 Jul 24, 2014

9 school kids injured, auto driver killed after bus hits auto in Pathankot

Pathankot, July 24 (ANI): An auto driver was killed and nine school children were injured when a private bus rammed into an auto-rickshaw on the Pathankot-Amritsar highway in Punjab on Thursday. The students who were from Makhan Singh Public School in Pathankot were rushed to a nearby hospital. Following the accident, passersby laid a blockade on the highway and broke windowpanes of one private bus and set another bus on fire. Jul 24, 2014

Woman gang-raped in moving car in Mumbai

Mumbai, July 24 (ANI): In a shocking incident, a 35-year old woman has alleged that she was gang-raped by two men in a moving car at Dharavi on July 22 in a moving car in Dharavi area. The accused are said to be known to the victim. The police have registered a case under Indian Penal Code sections 376 (D) for gang-rape and 34 (common intention). The victim was sent to a Hospital for medical examination. Jul 24, 2014

UN Chief Ban Ki-Moon visits Baghdad for talks with Iraqi leaders

Baghdad, July 24 (ANI): United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Baghdad on Thursday for talks with Iraqi leaders on the ongoing fighting with the Islamic State and formation of a new Iraqi government. Ban, who has been on a Middle East tour to seek an end to the fighting in Gaza, is expected to hold a joint news conference with Iraq_s Shi_ite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and meet with the new Speaker of Iraq_s parliament Salim al-Jibouri. The advance by Sunni Islamist militants who seized swathes of northern Iraq last month has put the OPEC oil producer_s survival in jeopardy. Ban also condemned _in the strongest terms_ the systematic persecution of minority populations in Iraq by Islamic State (IS) and associated armed groups. Jul 24, 2014

Relative of victims mourn as death toll reaches 48 in Taiwan plane crash

Taiwan, July 24 (ANI): At least 48 people were killed and 10 people were injured when a twin-engine turboprop plane crashed while attempting to land in Taiwan_s Penghu Islands, said Taiwan_s Civil Aeronautics Administration. Taiwan_s Vice Minister of Civil Aeronautics Administration, Li Wan-Li confirmed on Thursday that a black box had been found for the TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed during a thunderstorm. Meanwhile, relatives of the victims mourn their death and questioned the administration on lack of safety precautions. Relative of another pilot who was killed in the crash mourned on her loss. Jul 24, 2014

Keshari Nath Tripathi takes oath as WB governor

Kolkata, July 24 (ANI): Former UP Assembly speaker Kesari Nath Tripathi on Thursday took oath as the Governor of West Bengal at a function at Raj Bhavan in Kolkata. Tripathi arrived in Kolkata from Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday. He was received by state finance and industry minister Amit Mitra and education minister Partha Chatterjee at the Howrah station. The Governor-designate was also given a guard of honour there at the station area by the state police as well. Jul 24, 2014

K Laxman gives clarification over his jibe on Sania Mirza

Hyderabad, July 24 (ANI): After facing flak from politicians over his remark on tennis star Sania Mirza, BJP's K Laxman gave clarification saying he wanted to ask why local sportspersons were not given importance. In a controversial remark, Telangana BJP leader K Laxman on Wednesday called tennis star Sania Mirza as "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan and questioned her credentials to be the brand ambassador of Telangana. The BJP has however distanced itself from Laxman over the matter. Jul 24, 2014

Politicos target BJP even as it distances itself from Laxman's comment on Sania

New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday targeted the BJP after its leader in Telangana K Laxman sparked a controversy by calling tennis star Sania Mirza the "daughter-in-law" of Pakistan and questioning her credentials to be the brand ambassador of Telangana. The BJP has however, distanced itself from Laxman over the matter. Jul 24, 2014

Entertainment is a necessity of life: Akshay Kumar

Mumbai, July 24 (ANI): Bollywood_s khiladi kumar is going all his way to promote his upcoming film _Entertainment_, as he feels Entertainment is a necessity of life. During a unique promotional event held in Mumbai Akshay recorded a live song for the film and made his fans sing along. The actor dedicated the song to the world entertainment and said. The enthusiastic actor also confessed to the audience that he was nervous about recording a live number before his fans. The song is composed by Akshay Kumar and Chirantan Bhatt. Directed by debutant deo Sajid-Farhad, the film also features young actress Tamannaah Bhatia. The movie is expected to hit the silver screen on 8th of August. Jul 24, 2014

Police lathicharge Patna University students demanding Hostel facility

Patna, July 24 (ANI): Police on Thursday lathicharged on students of Patna University, who were staging a protest demanding hostel facility, in the city_s Dak Bangla area. Police tried to disperse the crowd using force, thereby ensuing a clash between them and the students. Meanwhile, Patna DSP Mamta Kalyani said that the police were just trying to disperse the crowd. Jul 24, 2014