Bengali actress Suchitra Sen passes away

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): Legendary Bengali actress of yesteryears Suchitra Sen died in a Kolkata hospital on Friday. The 83 year old Bengali beauty breathed her last at 8:25 am. The immediate reason of her death was cardiac arrest. Sen was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic on December 23 with severe lung infection. Sen had starred in memorable Hindi films like 'Devdas', and 'Aandhi' and 'Saat Paake Bandha', 'Agnipariksha' and 'Deep Jwele Jai' in Bengali. Meanwhile, dignitaries mourned at the loss. Jan 17, 2014

Rahul not PM candidate, Politicos says Congress scared

New Delhi, Jan 17 (ANI): After Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was announced as head of party's poll campaign, defeating speculations on him being the PM candidate, politicos said that Congress is scared. BJP Vice President Vinay Katiyar said that Congress and Gandhi is scared of Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, JD (U) leader Ali Anwar said that Gandhi has lost self-confidence and is scared of losing in the upcoming 2014 elections. Jan 17, 2014

Chadians in the Central African try to flee

Chadians living in the Central African Republic try to flee the violence. AFP journalists saw dozens of people packed into lorries headed north and accompanied by Chadian MISCA troops.Duration:00:41 Jan 17, 2014

Hollande's ex-partner says 'page needs to be turned'

Segolene Royal, the former partner of French President Francois Hollande and mother of his four children, declines to comment directly on Hollande's alleged affair with a French actress, saying that 'the page needs to be turned.' Duration: 00:28 Jan 17, 2014

Candles are lit in Beirut as Hariri killing trial opens

Candles surrounded the statue of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri on Thursday evening in the Lebanese capital, as the trial of those accused of his killing begins in the Hague, Netherlands. Duration: 00:37 Jan 17, 2014

Saad Hariri welcomes the start of his father's killing trial

Four Hezbollah members went on trial in absentia at a special UN tribunal on Thursday accused of murdering Lebanon's former premier Rafiq Hariri in a 2005 car bombing, as sectarian tensions ran high in the Middle East country. Duration: 00:54 Jan 17, 2014

Amnesty condemns Nigeria's anti-gay marriage law

Nigeria provoked international outrage earlier this week after President Goodluck Jonathan ratified a controversial bill outlawing gay marriage and same-sex unions under threat of imprisonment. Duration: 00:48 Jan 17, 2014

Freed Qaeda hostage pleads for husband's release

A South African woman freed by Al-Qaeda last week after nine months in captivity in Yemen appealed for her husband's release on Thursday, after negotiations with the captors collapsed. Duration: 01:09 Jan 17, 2014

Vatican grilled on child abuse by UN watchdog

The Vatican insisted Thursday it is committed to stamping out sexual abuse by the clergy, as top Church officials were grilled before the UN's child rights watchdog. Duration: 01:08 Jan 17, 2014

Panda cub Bao Bao prepares for first big showing in DC

The giant panda cub of Washington's National Zoo, Bao Bao - "treasure" or "precious" in Mandarin -, will make its first public appearance this Saturday in front of thousands of eager onlookers. Duration: 01:00 Jan 17, 2014