Former Serbian president campaigns ahead of vote

Serbs will vote in snap polls on Sunday with the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) tipped to capitalise on a wave of public support after opening membership talks with the European Union. Duration: 00:43 Mar 14, 2014

Cyprus scrambling back from the brink of bankruptcy

A year after a financial earthquake shattered years of prosperity in Cyprus, an austerity plan has put the eastern Mediterranean island back on track despite the bitter pill of rising unemployment. Duration: 02:35 Mar 14, 2014

Malaysia forced to expand fruitless jet search

Malaysia confirms that the search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane had been expanded into the Indian Ocean, but declines to comment on US reports that the jet had flown for hours after going missing. Duration: 01:01 Mar 14, 2014

Crimea's Tatars pray for peace before referendum

Crimean Tatars gathered Friday for prayers on Islam's holy day, with many voicing fears for the future ahead of a referendum Sunday expected to lead to closer ties with Moscow. Duration: 00:55 Mar 14, 2014

Analyst: Crimea referendum illegal under Ukrainian laws

Less than three weeks after gunmen seized Crimea's parliament and installed a pro-Moscow government, voters head to the polls on Sunday for a vote set to cement Russia's takeover of the strategic peninsula. Duration: 00:53 Mar 14, 2014

AAP takes on media, targets survey agencies

New Delhi, Mar 14 (ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday defended party chief Arvind Kejriwal, who is at the centre of another controversy over his remark that he would send every compromised media person to jail if his party comes to power at the Centre. Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh called Narendra Modi's support by media, a paid promotion. He also added that a probe must be ordered into opinion polls conducted by media houses. Mar 14, 2014

Odisha rally: 'Tsunami' will hit nation during polls, says Modi

Sambalpur, March 14 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narenda Modi while addressing a rally at Sambalpur in Odhisha on Friday spoke about the current poll-bound situation of the country. He said that tsunami-like wave will hit the nation when the Lok Sabha polls will begin from April. He also urged the crowd to teach a lesson to the Congress party. Mar 14, 2014

Odisha rally: Modi slams UPA on food security act

Sambalpur, March 14 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narenda Modi while addressing a rally at Sambalpur in Odhisha on Friday reacted strongly against the Congress and the UPA government. Targeting the Congress' flagship Food Security Act, he said that it has taken the Congress 60 years to bring a law on food. He also said that the Congress did not know there is a tribal community in the country, and it has special needs. Mar 14, 2014

INS Sindhuratna tragedy: SC agrees to hear PIL

New Delhi, Mar 14 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear a PIL seeking a court-monitored probe into the fire tragedy in submarine INS Sindhuratna and a compensation of Rs 1 crore each for relatives of the two Navy officers who died. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam, before whom the matter was mentioned for an urgent hearing, posted the case to March 28. The petition claimed the officers died allegedly due to technical and maintenance failure of batteries in the submarine. Mar 14, 2014

I skipped rally because I was misled: Anna Hazare

New Delhi, March 14 (ANI): Veteran anti-graft crusader Anna Hazare on Friday said that he gave Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee's rally in the national capital a miss due to lack of crowd and alleged that there was a conspiracy to sabotage it. He further added that Banerjee was cheated and she was told that it was my rally and he was told that it was her rally and there were just 2,000 people. However, he maintained that he supports Banerjee, but won't campaign for any political party in the upcoming elections. Mar 14, 2014

One killed, many feared trapped in Mumbai building collapse

Mumbai, March 14 (ANI): One person was killed and four others suffered minor injuries after a 'highly dilapidated' seven-story building collapsed in Yashwant Nagar area of Mumbai's Santa Cruz on Friday. A resident of the area said that the local municipal corporation had deemed the building unsafe for living and had given several eviction notices to the residents. Several fire engines, ambulances and a team of NDRF have rushed to the spot. Mar 14, 2014

No lack of options in politics, rethinking to support Modi: Ramdev

Banda, March 14 (ANI): Yoga guru, an avid supporter of the BJP and its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, took a spectacular U-turn, saying he was nobody's slave and might rethink on his support to BJP. Speaking to mediapersons on Friday, Ramdev, who has been spearheading a national campaign against black money and corruption, said that the BJP will have to ensure its support on anti-graft agenda in order to strengthen bond of friendship with him. Earlier, Modi had reportedly accepted Ramdev's terms for support in January and Ramdev subsequently declared that an agreement was reached. In return, Ramdev had decided to hold mega Yoga camps across the country from March 17 to March 23, in a bid to mobilize millions of votes for Modi ahead of the general elections. Ramdev, who is disappointed with BJP’s ticket distribution, spoke on his strategies for rectifying politicos. Mar 14, 2014

British envoy in India looks forward to enhanced trade relations between the two nations

Kochi, March 14 (ANI): The British Deputy High Commissioner in Chennai, Bharat Joshi, said on Friday that the Great British Festival, which began in Kochi, will foster United Kingdom’s goal of doubling the trade relations between the two countries. Great British festival in Kerala is organized to boost business relations between the region and UK and for encouraging innovative entrepreneurs. Joshi was speaking following the inauguration of the UK visa application centre in the city. According to the British envoy, exports from UK to India have gone up by 14 per cent and India’s export to UK has increased by two per cent. However, he pointed out that student visas in UK have declined due to the stringent visa rules in UK. To preclude visa abuse, the British government enforced stringent visa rules which resulted in a substantial decline in the number of students to UK. Inviting companies to invest in UK, Joshi added that UK is confident of starting building new partnerships between the two countries. Mar 14, 2014