Istanbul landmark rekindles religious tensions

Perched on the tip of Istanbul’s historic peninsula, Hagia Sophia -- with its spectacular dome, elegant curves and towering minarets -- is an iconic sight for millions of tourists visiting the city each year. Duration: 02:36 Dec 5, 2013

Ethiopia spearheads green energy in sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia's northern Tigray region is home to sub-Saharan Africa’s largest wind farm, a symbol of the country’s commitment to pioneering green energy projects as it seeks to boost its economy by exporting power to its neighbours. Duration: 02:32 Dec 5, 2013

Private prisons in the world's incarceration capital

The US state of Louisiana has the highest incarceration rate in the world. To deal with such a high number of prisoners, and to keep costs down, it uses private contractors to detain low-risk inmates and those awaiting sentencing. Duration: 02:22 Dec 5, 2013

Fury over S. Africa road tolls ahead of 2014 vote

South Africa has rolled out a highly unpopular electronic tolling of highways in and around Johannesburg, drawing the ire of motorists in the run-up to next year's election. Duration: 00:52 Dec 5, 2013

Spain barnacle-pickers risk lives to net Christmas treat

Spanish diners pay handsomely to taste goose barnacles, a prized Christmas delicacy, but it's a life risking task for the fishermen tasked with uncovering these clingy creatures on the slippery rocks of Spain's rough northwest coast. Duration: 02:05 Dec 5, 2013

Bikes big hit in checkpoint-strewn Syria capital

Checkpoint-weary locals in the Syrian capital are increasingly swapping their cars for bicycles especially young Damascenes who have turned to bikes en masse to avoid the endless traffic jams. Duration: 02:00 Dec 5, 2013

SC says sportsmen should head sports bodies, Kirti Azad supports

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): After the Supreme Court on Thursday said only sportsmen, not businessmen should head sports bodies, BJP leader and former cricketer Kirti Azad supported the same and said that these politicians behave like snakes in sports bodies. He said that they take all advantages of the position sitting back at of sports. The apex court's observations were made during the hearing of two warring home and are not sensitive towards the spirit factions of hockey associations - Indian Hockey Federation and Hockey India. Dec 5, 2013

At least 20 dead in raid on Yemen defence complex

A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden car into the Yemeni defence ministry Thursday, opening the way for gunmen who stormed the complex, leaving at least 20 people dead, security officials said. Duration: 00:41 Dec 5, 2013

Thai king appeals for stability after violent protests

Thailand's revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej urges the nation to work together for "stability" in a speech on his 86th birthday, marked by an easing of tensions after violent anti-government protests. Duration: 01:27 Dec 5, 2013

Omar Abdullah lashes out at Narendra Modi - Part - 1

Srinagar, Dec 05 (ANI): Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah said lashed out at Narendra Modi and said that it is surprising that people who have no idea about the state is talking about the same. He said that Modi who said that Shias are not treated well enough in the state have no clue even about the month when the community celebrates and when they mourn. Further, he said that these people in high positions are different at the time when they have power than they are bereft of the same. Abdullah also said that he has always fought against AFSPA and will continue his fight even if he is not in power. Dec 5, 2013

Narendra Modi's opposition a political move: K Rahman Khan on Communal Violence Bill

New Delhi, Dec 05 (ANI): Minority Affairs Minister K Rahman Khan on Thursday said that if the CM of Gujarat, Narendra Modi has written to the PM that Communal Violence Bill is not properly drafted then it is a political move. He also added that it is in the agenda of UPA from a long time and is the need of the hour. He further said that certain states are opposing this bill only for the sake of opposition and there is no base in their argument. Dec 5, 2013

Communal Violence Bill caught in political battle

New Delhi, Dec 5 (ANI): Politicos on Thursday expressed their divergence on the Communal Violence Bill ahead of the winter session of Parliament. Even as the Congress is trying to build consensus, other parties are demanding amendment in the bill. Dec 5, 2013