Obama nominates Janet Yellen to lead Federal Reserve

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated respected economist Janet Yellen to lead the Federal Reserve, replacing outgoing Chairman Ben Bernanke, who carried the central bank through the financial crisis. Duration: 1:01 Oct 9, 2013

Cuba to Florida swimmer attempts new feat for charity

The 64-year-old US woman who became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, begins an attempt to swim laps for two days straight to raise money for Hurricane Sandy victims. Duration: 0:46 Oct 9, 2013

Washington DC mayor protests government shutdown

The mayor of Washington, DC, and residents protest the budget gridlock in Congress. While the shutdown continues, the federal capital remains unable to access the funds it collects through its own taxes and the city could run out of money. Duration: 01:11 Oct 9, 2013

Hanks questioned about his diabetes at London film fest

Tom Hanks had to endure soaring temperatures and being sick on by fellow film crew members during the making of director Paul Greengrass's latest movie 'Captain Phillips' which on Wednesday opens the London Film Festival. Duration: 00:22 Oct 9, 2013

Australia PM remembers bombing victims in Bali

Prime Minister Tony Abbott announces a scheme to compensate Australian victims of overseas terror attacks and their families as he lays a wreath at the site of the 2002 Bali bombings. Duration: 00:42 Oct 9, 2013

Azerbaijan strongman set for crushing poll win

Azerbaijan votes in a presidential election that looks certain to see strongman president Ilham Aliyev seal a third term, with critics claiming a widespread crackdown on his foes ahead of the poll. Duration: 00:41  Oct 9, 2013

Chemical watchdog urges truces so Syria can disarm

The world's chemical weapons watchdog calls for temporary truces to meet tight disarmament deadlines in Syria, where fresh bloodshed is serving as a deadly reminder of the mission's difficulties. Duration: 01:42 Oct 9, 2013