Thousands take part in London Santa Run

Thousands of runners dressed as Father Christmas take part in the charity fundraising "Santa Run" in Victoria Park, north London, on Sunday, with similar events taking place across Britain. Dec 9, 2013

Jamaat-e-Islami taking advantage of political unrest in Bangladesh: Expert

Dhaka, Dec 09 (ANI): Bangladeshi economist and political activist, Anu Muhammad said that the Jamaat-e-Islami was propagating its agenda and taking advantage of the political turmoil that has led to violent protests in Bangladesh. Violence has gripped Bangladesh as protests and a series of shutdowns with transport blockades led by the main opposition party, BNP demanding next year's election be held under a non-party administration. Dec 9, 2013

Poll debacle: Hope for stable Delhi Govt, says Sheila Dikshit

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Even as Congress suffered a dreadful washout in the Delhi assembly polls, former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday said she hoped for a stable government in the state following a hung assembly outcome. Dec 9, 2013

Continuing violence by the BNP-and its Islamist allies is holding the nation to ransom

Dhaka, Dec 09: Amid the political deadlock and turmoil, the Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League has paved way for the creation of an all-party national government to oversee the parliamentary elections. But by refusing to join it, BNP has made its intention clear of fighting the battle on the streets rather than through political dialogue. Those favouring elections scheduled for January 5 next year are urging an end to violence in the country. Dec 9, 2013

Pre-election violence an attempt by Jamaat to keep itself relevant-Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury

Dhaka, Dec 09 (ANI): Bangladesh reeled under a spate of violence by the country's main opposition, BNP and its fundamentalist ally, the Jamaat-e-Islami, as it de-stabilized peace and crippled normal life, creating fresh tensions ahead of the elections. Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury, media advisor to the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina said that these are desperate attempts by the Jamaat to keep itself relevant. While the government has cracked down on violent protests, the BNP and its allies have not let up their pressure tactics even a bit. Dec 9, 2013

After Cong's 4-assembly poll washout, UPA members rethinking on alliance?

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Even as NCP President Sharad Pawar lashed out at Congress over the recent 4-state assembly poll washout, calling upon Congress and other allies to ponder over the outcome which is being seen as reflection of anger against the UPA Government at the Centre other allies have also been made to rethink over the alliance. Dec 9, 2013

BJP & AAP should form a new type of govt in Delhi: Kiran Bedi

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): Social activist and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi said on Monday that the onus to provide good governance in Delhi is on both the BJP and AAP even though both parties are nowhere near the majority mark. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, Bedi appealed to both BJP and AAP to form a new type of government by joining hands together. She also said that it is very unfair for Delhi to not get a stable government and if no party stakes the claim there will be no choice but to go for another election. Dec 9, 2013

Won't indulge in horse trading: Harsh Vardhan on Delhi Polls

New Delhi, Dec 09 (ANI): BJP's Chief Ministerial candidate Harsh Vardhan on Monday reiterated his party’s stand that he will not stake claim to form a government in Delhi as his party is short of a clear majority and would prefer to sit in the opposition than indulge in any horse trading. Dec 9, 2013

Thai PM calls elections as 140,000 join protest

Thailand's premier calls a snap election to try to defuse the kingdom's political crisis, but protesters keep up their fight to topple the government with an estimated 140,000 demonstrators flooding the streets of Bangkok. Dec 9, 2013