Ukraine forms new volunteer defence force

Ukraine's parliament voted unanimously to create a new National Guard of 60,000 volunteers who could stand up in the face of Russia's expansionist threat. Duration: 01:21 Mar 14, 2014

Crimeans rush to withdraw cash as referendum looms

Crowds in Crimea queued outside banks as a looming referendum to break away from Ukraine and join Russia sowed panic and confusion among ordinary residents hit with withdrawal limits. Duration: 00:33 Mar 14, 2014

Sarkozy phone tap scandal backfires on French government

A scandal that initially landed former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy in hot water has boomeranged on to the Socialist government which now stands accused of "political espionage" and threatens the Justice Minister. Mar 13, 2014

Police back on the stand as Pistorius trial continues

A picture of Oscar Pistorius' bloodied prosthetic legs was shown at his trial for murder in Pretoria on Thursday, as the state prosecutor suggested an alternative explanation for why Paralympian kicked the locked toilet door on the night in question. Mar 13, 2014

Kerry says little doubt Crimea will vote to join Russia

US Secretary of State John Kerry warned Russia on Thursday that Washington and Europe were preparing a tough response to a breakaway vote in Ukraine's Crimea, depending on how Moscow reacts. Duration: 00:41 Mar 14, 2014

Turkey PM accuses his opponents of being 'charlatans'

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday accused his opponents of trying to stir up chaos ahead of key local elections later this month, a day after clashes in which two people died. Duration: 00:36 Mar 14, 2014

EU hopes, economic woes key as Serbs go to polls

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: 01:35 Mar 13, 2014

Boeing says multiple countries join efforts to locate Malaysian missing plane

Hyderabad, Mar 13 (ANI): A Senior Boeing official allayed concerns over the safety of their planes amid the mystery surrounding the fate of the missing Malaysian jetliner, saying they had also joined the global search operation covering an area stretching from China to the Andaman Sea. Five days after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared from civilian radar screens, a huge international search operation has failed to turn up a trace of the Boeing jetliner that was carrying 239 passengers and crew. Senior Vice President, Sales, for Asia Pacific at Boeing, Dinesh Keskar said he would not like to speculate on what could have possibly happened to the missing plane, saying that would be unfair to the families of the passengers on board the vanished aircraft. Mar 13, 2014

Badalta Manzar (March 13, 2014): An independent news report on Jammu and Kashmir

In a bid to promote education among poor and orphan girls, the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya is providing free education to some 50 orphan girls from poor tribal families in central Kashmir’s Budgam district. Besides education, free accommodation, books and stationary are also being provided to the girls. In the past ten years many model villages have come up in Jammu & Kashmir. But nothing has changed in Nud Kapahi village. It still lacks basic infrastructure. Damaged roads, lack of sanitation and no supply of electricity are some problems faced by the villagers here. The residents of Doda face many problems due to the condition of roads. Ghat is just a few kilometers away from Doda, but the condition of the link road is very bad and residents of the area and other adjoining places are facing inconvenience. Mar 13, 2014