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

Hundreds of people turn out to show support for Thai election

Hundreds of Thais turned out to show support for planned elections on Thursday. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra has called an election for February 2 in an effort to defuse the kingdom's deepening political crisis but the main opposition Democrat Party is boycotting the polls, which they fear will only return the Shinawatra family to power. Jan 16, 2014

Delhi police hunt for more suspects over Danish gang-rape

Indian police carried out raids across New Delhi Thursday as they hunted for a further six men wanted over the gang-rape of a Danish tourist which has cast the country's record on sexual violence back into the spotlight. Jan 16, 2014

Hariri killing trial opens with Lebanon tensions high

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. Jan 16, 2014

Will take necessary action, Delhi Police capable of people's security: BS Bassi

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday attacked at Delhi police and demanded suspension of four SHOs who refrained from taking action after persuasion by the Delhi ministers, Police Commissioner BS Bassi said that he will take necessary actions. He said that he was busy in work, because of which he is not aware of the matter. Further, Bassi said that Delhi police is capable of providing people the security. Jan 16, 2014

Bitter cold wave, thick fog cover enveloping Delhi troubles daily commuters

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Bone chilling cold wave sweeping across north India with thick fog cover enveloping the region has made commuting a taxing task for office goers and passengers who have to make it on time to catch their flights or trains. Dense fog cover wrapping New Delhi again on Thursday caused trouble for the daily commuters due to poor visibility resulting in traffic bottlenecks on roads. Rail operations have again been hit with dozens of trains running behind schedule or have been cancelled. The auto drivers say that waiting for long hours for passengers on the road sides and dropping people braving harsh weather conditions is tough as state government has made no arrangements for them to keep warm during working hours. Jan 16, 2014

Seoul, New Delhi share concerns on North Korea's nuclear agenda, urge compliance

New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said on Thursday, India shared its concerns on North Korea's ambitious nuclear weapon programme and urged its neighbour to comply with international obligations on the nuclear front. Park arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday for an official four-day visit that would conclude on January 18. South Korea's first woman President held delegation level talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and discussed bilateral, regional and global issues. Park's ongoing visit to India also seems to have pushed forward the much embattled POSCO project that has been hobbled by delays in getting clearances, acquiring land and obtaining an iron ore mining licence. Meanwhile the South Korean leader also appreciated India's move to revise the long pending Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed with President Park to bolster trade ties between the two countries and said India was ready to offer greater avenues and opportunities to Korean businesses. Jan 16, 2014