UN's Ban urges Iraq to suspend use of death penalty

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday urged Iraqi leaders to place a moratorium on the death penalty. The suggestion met a cool response from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. Duration: 00:29 Jan 13, 2014

Egypt Brotherhood charities struggle amid crackdown

A crackdown by Egypt's authorities on the Muslim Brotherhood has left hundreds of Islamic charities struggling for funds, but the move could backfire during this week's referendum on a new constitution. Duration: 01:04 Jan 13, 2014

Morocco Berbers mark New Year, call for national holiday

Thirty months after winning official recognition for their ancient Amazigh-language in a new constitution, Morocco's Berbers are pushing for January 13, when they celebrate their New Year, to be made a public holiday. Duration: 00:57 Jan 13, 2014

Prashant Bhushan's press meet disrupted by man shouting 'traitor'

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): A press conference being held by Aam Aadmi Party leader Prashant Bhushan was disrupted today by a man who identified himself as Vishnu Gupta. The protestor shouted angry slogans against Mr Bhushan, describing him as a "traitor" for his recent remarks on Kashmir. Jan 13, 2014

Gazans express joy as Israel buries Ariel Sharon

Israel on Monday buried former prime minister Ariel Sharon, celebrated as a military hero at home but loathed by Palestinians as a bloodthirsty criminal. Sharon died on Saturday after eight years in a coma. Reaction from Gaza City. Duyration: 00:45 Jan 13, 2014

Humanity fades religious barriers

Jammu and Kashmir, Jan 13 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir, the northern most state of India is known for its pristine beauty. It is also known for amity between the many communities present here. Here, a Blanket Fair is organized every year in the premises of Narsingh Temple situated 50 kilometers from Samba district of Jammu. People belonging to different communities sell and buy blankets at reasonable prices. Blanket fair or Rathkhada fair as it is popularly known is famous for the fine quality of woolen sold here. From hand woven shawls to machine made ones all were sold and bought here by people belonging to different faiths. The blanket fair is yet another example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptances of differences in the country, which has helped in the evolution of a composite culture. Jan 13, 2014

Sufi saint's mausoleum attracts devotees from different religions

Aurangabad, Jan 13 (ANI): India is known for its amazing diversity. People from different religions not only stay here with peace and brotherhood but also respect each other's cultural beliefs. Mausoleum of Hazrat Khwaja Sheikh Burahuddin situated in Aurangabad city of India's western state of Maharashtra is an example such unity and harmony between different communities. Devotees belonging to different communities together throng the mausoleum to worship the saint and attain his blessings. Hazrat Khwaja's Urs acts as a confluence for different faiths, and showcases brotherhood and harmony between different communities. Jan 13, 2014

Sheikh Hasina wins again after BNP boycotts Bangladesh's general elections

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): An election somewhat tarnished by bloody street violence and boycott by a major political party but Bangladesh has decided to stay on course. The Awami League won 232 of the 300 elected seats much more than the 151 needed for a majority. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath to the new lawmakers including party president Sheikh Hasina. Satisfied over his election win, Awami League lawmaker, Mohammad Subid Ali Bhuiyan assured the people that the party would fulfill all its electoral promises. The BNP which had boycotted the election is continuing its agitation against the election calling it a farce. Jan 13, 2014

Sachin Pilot named Rajasthan Congress Chief

New Delhi, Jan 13 (ANI): The Congress Party has appointed Union Minister for Corporate Affairs Sachin Pilot as the new president of the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee. The 36-year-old Minister for Corporate Affairs is a close associate of party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and is the son of late Union Minister Rajesh Pilot and Rama Pilot, who was also MP for a term. Pilot's appointment as PCC chief comes a month after the party's poor performance in the desert state. The Congress could secure just 21 out of the 200 Assembly seats in Rajasthan, leading to the exit of the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government. Jan 13, 2014

Magh Bihu celebrated in Assam

Guwahati, Jan 13 (ANI): Celebrations of harvest festival Magh Bihu are in full swing in Guwahati city of Assam with fairs being set up. A five day fair from January 9 to January 13 was organized to mark the celebration of the harvest festival. The fair serves as a platform for people to know about their culture and traditional food. Fair organizer Binita Deka said that besides providing a market, people are given fresh food items through this fair, which are often difficult to access. Some of the traditional food items that were prepared include Pitha, Tilar Laru, Sunga Pitha, Tekeli Pitha, rice cakes and coconut sweets. Traditional rice grinder called "Dheki" was also being exhibited during the fair and women were seen grinding rice for rice cake preparations. Jan 13, 2014

Yogendra Yadav dreams Kejriwal as PM

Chandigarh, Jan 13 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party leader, Yogendra Yadav on Monday said that he dreamt of seeing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as the Prime Minister of the country. Yadav while addressing a news conference in Chandigarh said that although he dreamt of Kejriwal becoming PM but making serious claims was altogether a different thing. Jan 13, 2014