Ukraine offers amnesty to pro-Russian militants

The embattled acting president of Ukraine promised on Thursday not to prosecute pro-Russian militants occupying government buildings in the east of the country if they laid down their arms and halted a four-day standoff. Duration: 00:44 Apr 12, 2014

Merkel a 'believer' in Greece after tough reforms

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she "firmly believed" there was untapped potential in Greece after years of tough austerity reforms that culminated in a bond comeback this week. Duration: 00:53 Apr 12, 2014

Putin pledges to fulfill European gas obligations

President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would fulfill its obligations to send natural gas to Europe but also said the United States had no business interfering in Russia's talks with Europe over Kiev's debt. Duration: 00:42 Apr 12, 2014

Obama nominates new health secretary

President Barack Obama nominated budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace Kathleen Sebelius as his new health secretary, seeking to capitalize on an enrollment surge to cement his signature health law. Duration: 01:01 Apr 12, 2014

Dramatic week in court as Pistorius takes the stand

Some of most dramatic courtroom scenes so far in the trial of Oscar Pistorius took place this week, as the man himself took to the stand charged with the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Duration: 01:57 Apr 12, 2014

Ukraine leader promises more power to regions

Ukraine's embattled premier on Friday vowed to give more powers to the country's regions in an effort to stamp out a separatist insurgency as a new gas war with Russia threatened European supplies. Apr 11, 2014

Suu Kyi cautions Myanmar 'not yet a democracy'

Myanmar's opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi warned on Friday that her country, despite a spate of reforms hailed by the international community, "is not yet a democracy" Apr 11, 2014

No progress in Venezuela meeting to end protests

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leaders traded barbs for six hours on national TV late Thursday over two months of nationwide anti-government protests but found no common ground. Apr 11, 2014

JD (S) releases manifesto, focuses on farmers and promises more jobs

Bangalore, April 11 (ANI): Janata Dal (Secular) Chief HD Deve Gowda, promised to provide more jobs and fight against inflation and give a boost to country's slowing economy in his party manifesto. Gowda released the manifesto in the presence of party members in Bangalore on Friday. The JD (S) unveiled a slew of farmer-friendly proposals, besides promising waiver of all loans of farmers, weavers, fishermen and artisans. It has also proposed development of industrial corridors, strengthening the industrial sector, which will enhance growth and development of the economy. Apr 11, 2014

An upcoming indie-rock band in Nagaland gains popularity

Dimapur, April 11 (ANI): Music is an art form that comes naturally to the Nagas. Alobo Naga and Band, Purple Fusion and Clueless attention of Nagaland are few names that have made their presence felt internationally and inspired many upcoming rock bands. Dimapur's "We the Giants" is one such indie rock band. The band members include Kevi Pucho, vocalist; Lima Mongro, guitarist; Yangkum Jinger drummer and Ayim Jamir and Meyasunep Imchen on the bass guitar. We the Giants was born when various band members teamed up in 2013 before the Hornbill Festival.The band has gained popularity in a short span of time. It clinched the 1st runners up title at the Hornbill rock contest at Kohima. Apr 11, 2014

People in Maoist hotbeds of Bihar face threat during third phase of LS Polls

Gaya, April 11 (ANI): High voter turnout was recorded in most of the 91 seats that went to polls in the third phase of Lok Sabha elections, however Maoist hotbed in Bihar faced threat from the red rebels after security forces recovered two cane bombs from the area. Authorities said Maoists had planted bombs in order to inflict fear in the minds of people. A villager present for voting, Rajesh, said that although they have come out to vote but there should have been more arrangements for the security purposes. Meanwhile, many in Gaya district decided to boycott polls due to lack of development. Residents said none of the prominent political leaders had worked for their welfare and there was no sign of development in the village. Officials confirmed the boycott by villagers. Apr 11, 2014

New Bangladesh government faces set of challenges after elections

Dhaka, April 11 (ANI): Trustee of Bangladesh Liberation War Museum, Sarwar Ali, said on Friday that the new government is facing a set of fresh challenges and needs to toughen its stand against the religious fundamentalist forces which went on a rampage and posed a threat to the country's elections last year. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League ended with more than two-thirds of seats in a contest that was shunned by international observers as flawed and derided as a farce by the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP). Talking to the reporter in Dhaka, Ali said that the government should take adequate steps to restore good governance to prove its success. Disagreement between the government and opposition led the BNP to boycott elections on January 05 2014, on the grounds that they would not be free and fair. Apr 11, 2014

BJP warns Congress over petition with EC on Modi's nomination affidavit

Mumbai, April 11 (ANI): The BJP on Friday strongly reacted to the petition filed by Congress regarding Narendra Modi's marital status in the recent nomination affidavit where, the first time, he declared himself married. BJP leader Prakash Javadekar warned the Congress not to interfere in the personal matters of any leader otherwise the Congress will be asked questions for which they will have no answers to provide. He added that the political agenda should not be converted into a personal one. Apr 11, 2014