No political alliances to seek power: PDP

Srinagar, March 22 (ANI): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), chief Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, said that forming an alliance with political parties for power is not on their agenda ahead of the forthcoming polls and they would rather persuade them to come up with a resolution on the Kashmir issue. While addressing media persons in Srinagar, she said that power was not the main agenda for her party in the upcoming polls. Peoples Democratic Party has been blaming the government led by Omar Abdullah's National Conference (NC) party for failing to resolve the problems in the state and increasing tensions in the region. PDP has accused NC of just pleasing their ally, the ruling Congress at the Centre. Mar 22, 2014

Crimea military town splits as Russia moves in

Surly and dejected, many Ukrainian soldiers at Perevalne base in Crimea deserted their posts Friday, crossing groups of buoyant Russian soldiers moving in -- but 200 were said to be resisting. Duration: 01:12 Mar 22, 2014

Israel says Gaza 'terrorist' tunnel discovered

The Israeli army said Friday it had uncovered a new Gaza "terrorist" tunnel reaching into the Jewish state, but Hamas said the tunnel was old and had been exposed by storms. Duration: 00:34 Mar 22, 2014

World faces 'water-energy' crisis: UN

Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double 'crunch' in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the United Nations says in a report published on the eve of World Water Day. Duration: 01:22 Mar 22, 2014

Crimean village of Chongar now a border checkpoint

A queue of motorists patiently await their turn in the northern village of Chongar in Crimea which now serves as a checkpoint at the Russian-Ukranian border and is controlled by a handful of pro-Russian militia. Duration: 00:52 Mar 22, 2014

Ethiopia progress on Grand Renaissance dam project

Ethiopia is making progress on the construction of its Grand Renaissance dam project on the Nile river. The Horn of Africa country began diverting the Blue Nile in May 2013 to build the 6,000 MW dam which will be Africa's largest when completed in 2017. Mar 22, 2014

National Front leader optimistic ahead of local polls

French far right party leader Marine Le Pen says she has high hopes for the National Front at the upcoming local elections during a campaign visit with the Henin-Beaumont candidate Steeve Briois. Duration: 01:03 Mar 22, 2014

Malaysian authorities warn jet search a 'long haul'

Relatives of Chinese passengers on board flight MH370 vented their fury on Malaysian government officials Friday in their first meeting in Beijing, denouncing them for time-wasting almost two weeks after the aircraft vanished. Mar 22, 2014

Pope Francis to meet hundreds of mafia victims' relatives

One of Italy's leading anti-mafia associations, Libera, is holding a meeting on Friday with Pope Francis and hundreds of relatives of mafia victims. Its deputy head, Marcello Cozzi, explains the importance of the pope's support and the hope that the Catholic Church will play a greater role in fighting organised crime -- including cleaning up the scandal-hit Vatican bank. Mar 22, 2014

Turkey blocks Twitter, PM threatens to 'wipe out' service

Twitter was blocked in Turkey late Thursday, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the social network which, along with others, was highlighting corruption allegations against his inner circle. Mar 21, 2014

'Various evil forces' creating hurdles for Modi: Ramdev

New Delhi, March 21 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, an avid supporter of BJP's prime ministerial candidate said on Friday that Narendra Modi could provide a stable and honest government to the country, although "various evil forces" were creating hurdles for him. Ramdev said that Congress was attempting to taint Modi's image in the eyes of public, which was a suicidal attempt. Speaking to the mediapersons in New Delhi, Ramdev said that the Congress has indirectly paved way for Modi government by abandoning minimum decorum and criticizing him. Endorsing the week long Yoga camps across country in a bid to mobilize millions of votes for Modi ahead of the general elections, Ramdev said that the event would conclude on March 23 and would make few decisions on his campaign against black money and corruption. The Yoga week, which commenced on March 17, would conclude on March 23 at Ramlila ground in New Delhi. Mar 21, 2014

EU, Ukraine sign provisions of historic accord

Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk put his country firmly in the Western camp on Friday, signing the political provisions of a landmark association accord with EU leaders in Brussels in defiance of Russia. Mar 21, 2014