French court jails Somali pirates for 2009 hijack

French court has sentenced three Somali pirates to up to 12 years in prison for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht which prompted a rescue operation by elite forces in which the skipper died. Duration: 00:55 Oct 18, 2013

Rescuers find bodies after Laos air crash

Rescuers in Laos continue to find bodies after a plane plummeted into the Mekong River, killing all on board, in the country's worst known air disaster. Duration: 00:39 Oct 18, 2013

Japanese minister visits controversial war shrine

A cabinet minister is among scores of Japanese parliamentarians who pay tribute at a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, in a move likely to anger China and South Korea. Duration: 00:44 Oct 18, 2013

London artist creates major works from tiny objects

London artist Joe Black is currently holding his first solo exhibition. Black uses hundreds of small common objects such as test tubes, toy soldiers and badges to create large works. Duration: 01:36 Oct 18, 2013

Bushfires ravage communities in Australia

Residents face scenes of devastation as bushfires ravage communities and destroy "hundreds" of homes in southeastern Australia, leaving one man dead with dozens of blazes still out of control. Duration: 00:59 Oct 18, 2013

Birth control may be a bitter pill, stroke survivor warns

Marion Larat is the first woman in France to take the German pharmaceutical company Bayer to court over newer-generation birth control pills that caused her to have a stroke and left her severely handicapped. Duration: 02:02 Oct 18, 2013

It happens: Boat Race

Imphal, Oct 18 (ANI): Tribes living in the hills and plains of northeastern India come together to participate and compete in Hiyang Hiren Tanana, the traditional boat race competition, held annually two days ahead of the Mera Houchongba celebrations, a festival which encourages brotherhood among tribal communities. On Wednesday hundreds of locals dressed in their traditional northeast Indian attire, came to participate in the festivities of an annual boat race competition which is organised annually two days ahead of the religious festival, Mera Houchongba. All 36 rowers or volunteers which include two team leaders (Tengmai Lappa) who took part in the boat race were blessed by the titular king ofIndia's northeastern Manipur state, Leishemba Sanajaoba, during a ceremony held at Sana Konung (Manipur Royal Palace) on Tuesday. Hiyang HirenTanana (Traditional Boat Race) and Mera Houchongba are the two most important festivals of Manipur which bind the people of the valley with the hills. The two festivals are being celebrated in Manipur since 33 A. D. whenManipur was ruled by King Nongda Lairen Pakhangba. Oct 18, 2013

It happens: Eid Celebrations

Agartala, Oct 18 (ANI): Devout Muslims across India's northeastern states congregated at mosques to offer prayers on the occasion of the feast of Eid-al-Adha on Wednesday. Believers offer domestic animals as a ritual sacrifice to the Almighty to mark this festival. According to Islamic tradition, the Prophet Abraham was blessed with a son, Ishmael, at a very advanced age and nurtured a deep love for the boy. The event commemorates Prophet Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son. The ritual of sacrifice symbolises obedience and loyalty to God. Muslims worldwide traditionally slaughter a four-legged animal in commemoration. The meat is then distributed among the family and neighbours as well as the poor and the needy. But before the sacrifice, men, women and children flock to mosques around the country to take part in the prayers. Eid also marks the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage to Mecca and is considered to be a day of joy, since martyrdom itself is a blessing. Oct 18, 2013

It happens: Goat feeds a Tiger Cub

Indore, Oct 18 (ANI): A goat has been tending and feeding a tiger cub disowned by its own mother, a tigress at a zoo in Indore district of India's central Madhya Pradesh state. Born a couple of weeks ago, the tiger cub, along with its two siblings, was attacked by its mother at birth. The attack killed the other two siblings and the third one was left paralysed in its lower limbs and spinal cord. Worried for the cub's growth, the zoo authorities arranged for a goat that is feeding the cub and treats the cub like one of its own kind. A bigger challenge that the authorities face now is the treatment of the cub. Yadav said that they were inspecting the spinal cord injuries of the cub and would treat the cub. The zoo authorities observed a change in the behavior of the tigress since the time the cubs were born. It became more violent and refused to feed her cubs. Oct 18, 2013

Nation is witnessing a cyclone of change: Narendra Modi

Chennai, Oct 18 (ANI): Launching a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA government, Gujarat Chief minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said on Friday that a cyclone of change is sweeping the nation. Addressing people in Chennai, Modi said that the huge cyclone Phailin could not do much damage as nothing can stand in the way of the huge cyclone of change sweeping the country. He also mocked the digging for gold in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district following a sadhu's dream saying that the black money stashed away in Swiss banks is worth much more than the gold reportedly hidden in a fort in Unnao. Oct 18, 2013

Awareness camp to protect Guwahati's famous wetland Deepor Beel

Guwahati, Oct 18 (ANI): Situated in Kamrup District of Assam, the Deepor Beel is one of the famous wetlands of the region, and is home to several species of birds. However, due to continuous human interference and a high level of pollution, the condition of the wetland has deteriorated. To spread awareness about the need to protect the wetland and the harmful impact of using plastic, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) recently organised a camp in Guwahati. Students from the Sankardev Niketan participated in the camp and raised awareness through songs, folk dances and slogans. The wetland, that has also been declared a bird sanctuary, is a part of the Asian Wetland Directory, and was also declared a Ramsar site in 2002. The site attracts large number of visitors, including research scholars, students and tourists. About 122 species of seasonal, migratory and residential birds visit the beel every year. This large water body also houses a wide variety of amphibians, reptiles, insects and tree species. Owing to frequent killing of birds, unchecked fishing and encroachment, it has become imperative to take necessary steps for its protection. Oct 18, 2013

Raman Singh hits out at Rahul Gandhi over corruption

Raipur, Oct 18 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister, Raman Singh on Friday took a jibe at Congress Party's vice-president, Rahul Gandhi and said he should tackle the corruption happening within the Congress-led UPA government rather than pointing loopholes within states. Oct 18, 2013