People protest against violence in poll-bound Bangladesh

Dhaka, Dec 07 (ANI): People of Bangladesh, including the freedom fighters of the Bangladesh Liberation War, protested against poll-related violence in the country. At least 25 people were killed across the country during nationwide protests called by opposition parties over setting up of a caretaker government during January polls. A veteran freedom fighter, Ali Ahmed Ziauddin, blamed both the main political parties - the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and ruling Awami League - for the bloodshed in the country. President of the Communist Party of Bangladesh, Mujahidul Islam Selim, urged people to fight against the darkness prevailing in the country. The BNP-led agitation has virtually paralysed the country straight for the second week. Dec 7, 2013

Sanjay Dutt gets parole for wife's illness

Mumbai, Dec 07 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who is serving his sentence at Yerawada Central Jail in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, has been granted a parole for 30 days to take care of wife Manyata, who is ill. If formalities are completed, he is likely to be released on Saturday. Reacting over this advocate Abha Singh said that she believes that Sanjay has been getting preferential treatment because of his celebrity status. Dec 7, 2013

Narendra Modi writes to CMs against anti-communal bill, BJP says centre encroaching on state subject

New Delhi, Dec 07 (ANI): After BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday wrote letters to all CMs urging them to oppose the Centre's proposed Communal Violence Bill, BJP Spokesperson Siddharth Nath Singh said that these are subject to state list and centre is just encroaching upon the state subjects. He said that these comes keeping in view the upcoming 2014 general elections and for just vote bank. Further, talking about the popularity of BJP among the bookies, Singh said that BJP is synonymous to development and every other person wants and desires for development and progress. Dec 7, 2013

Experts hope for peace and tranquility in Bangladesh ahead of elections

Belgium, Dec 07 (ANI): Experts gathered in European parliament and called for peace and tranquility, as they discussed the grim political situation in Bangladesh due to the ongoing clash between the leading parties which could delay or even derail elections due by January in the country. Recently, the European parliament passed a resolution on Bangladesh, urging the parties to refrain from violence and conduct elections in a peaceful manner. Commenting over political uncertainty, Bangladesh Information Commissioner, Sadeka Halim said that the international friends are concerned about the current turmoil. Member of the European Parliament for London for the Conservative Party, Timothy Charles Ayrton Tannock is pinning hopes on free and fair elections. Dec 7, 2013

Draw delivers difficult openers for World Cup favourite

After a poignant tribute to Nelson Mandela, who died the day before, the closely-followed final draw of the 2014 World Cup went ahead on Friday. Brazil, with a favorable draw, remains the favorite to win the tournament.  Dec 7, 2013

US support of apartheid regime recalled at Mandela event

The South African Embassy in Washington became a focal point for tributes to Nelson Mandela on Friday, with flowers left at the foot of his statue and a book of condolences opened to the public. Duration: 1:12 Dec 7, 2013

Ivorians say Mandela should be example

Shocked by Nelson Mandela's death, the Ivory Coast wants to see African leaders follow the steps of the South African leader and show more of his ideals of forgiveness, peace and good governance. Duration: 1:15 Dec 7, 2013

Former US state secretaries pay homage to Mandela

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Nelson Mandela would be 'remembered' for his 'dignity', following the death of the former South African statesman yesterday at age 95. Duration: 1:05 Dec 7, 2013

London pays tribute to late Nelson Mandela

Hundreds of people Friday paid tribute to Nelson Mandela at South Africa House in London, where many laid flowers and lit candles, some in tears, others singing and dancing as they remembered South Africa's first black president. Duration: 1:19 Dec 7, 2013

Smiling Pope Francis immortalised in Rome wax museum

Pope Francis has become the latest figure in Rome's wax museum with a statue depicting the pontiff smiling in the iconic moment when he appeared on the balcony of St Peter's Basilica after his election. Duration: 0:45 Dec 7, 2013

South Africans mourn nation's hero

South Africa on Friday mourned its beloved Nelson Mandela, whose universal appeal was evident once again in a global outpouring of grief for the anti-apartheid hero. Durtion: 2:25 Dec 7, 2013

South Africa president Zuma visits Mandela's family

President Jacob Zuma, along with a delegation of ANC politicians, convey their condolences to Nelson Mandela's family at his Johannesburg home. Crowds of ordinary South Africans gather outside the house to lay flowers and sing. Duration: 00:47 Dec 7, 2013