Nearly 700 immigrants rescued off Sicily: Italy

Nearly 700 refugees were rescued off Sicily in several operations, Italian authorities said Friday, as European leaders grapple with the issue of illegal immigration at a European Union summit. Duration: 00:49 Oct 25, 2013

Thailand mourns top Buddhist leader

Crowds of mourners turn out to pay their respects after Thailand's top Buddhist leader, 100-year-old Supreme Patriarch Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, died on Thursday due to a blood infection following recent surgery. Duration: 00:52 Oct 25, 2013

US 'pivot' to Asia gaining strength: admiral

The US has significantly increased its warships and aircraft deployed in Asia despite Washington's budget woes, adding punch to its "pivot" to the region, according to a senior naval commander. Duration: 00:47 Oct 25, 2013

Indonesian capital swoops to rescue performing monkeys

Lying low in a slum in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, monkey handlers do not dare take their long-tailed macaques out to perform in the streets for fear of being caught in a new crackdown. Duration: 00:33 Oct 25, 2013

EU countries urge answers over US spying row

France and Germany want talks with the United States to settle a spying row after US eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile and French citizens' calls, the EU announced Friday. Duration: 00:54 Oct 25, 2013

Cameron pushes for red tape cut to boost EU growth

European leaders arrived in Brussls Friday morning for EU summit talks, and British Prime Minister David Cameron stressed the importance of cutting regulation to help businesses grow across Europe. Duration: 00:42 Oct 25, 2013

France, Germany push for new rules in spy game

France and Germany push for Washington to agree rules for the spy game after damaging revelations the United States tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone. Duration: 01:19 Oct 25, 2013

It happens: Car Rally

Manipur, Oct 24 (ANI): The 4X4 Overland Expedition car rally reached its second-last stop, which is India's northeastern state of Manipur, on Tuesday and will leave for Myanmar. A total of 54 car rallyists, which includes 17 women hailing from Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and India, participated in the car rally. A participants of the rally, Lam, was excited at the prospect of being able to drive to India and experience the wonders of this land. The rally aims in making a good relationship among the South Asian countries, which could bring in prospects of trade among them in the future. The rally started from Singapore on 18 vehicles and covered Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Shangrila, Zuozang, Lhasa, Zhang Moi, Nepal, Bhutan. It reached its final leg in India's northeastern state of Manipur, in the Imphal city yesterday. From here, it will leave for Myanmar via the town of Moreh. Oct 25, 2013

It happens: Karwa Chauth

New Delhi, Oct 24 (ANI): Married Hindu women across India observed a one-day fast on the occasion of Karva Chaut and offered prayers for the well-being of their husbands, the fasting ritual commencing before dawn and ending after they worship on sighting the moon after dusk on Tuesday. The traditions associated with this festival are that the women wake up before dawn to begin a fast from sunrise, until the moon is sighted at night, when they will dress up as brides in all their finery to pray for the longevity of their husbands. The worshiping women are bedecked in jewelry and have henna on their hands while gearing up to observe the Hindu festival, Karva Chauth. In the national capital, Sushma Swaraj, a veteran parliamentarian and senior leader of India's main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party as in earlier years, hosted a collective Karva Chaut ceremony on the lawns of her official residence. The origin of the festival is shrouded in mystery, but one tale tells of a queen being duped by her brothers into breaking her fast before moonrise, leading to the king's immediate death. She is given a second chance, fasts faithfully - and he returns to life. This annual festival is mostly celebrated by Hindu women in north India but lately, it has gained Oct 25, 2013

It happens: Smallest Syringe

Chennai, Oct 24 (ANI): A leading global medical technology company launched a 6 mm insulin syringe needle in India's southern Chennai city on Wednesday. The company claims it to be the smallest insulin syringe for diabetic patients. While addressing the media, doctor and diabetologist A. Paneerselvam expressed the importance of insulin to manage diabetes and said many patients have trypanophobia. While interacting to media, Paneerselvam added these needles are partially painless. The needle has been designed to improve patients' comfort, as it is 25 percent shorter than the contemporary needles available in the market. Diabetes is a group of disease characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce or use insulin. It causes blood sugar levels to rise higher than normal. Oct 25, 2013

Make me 'chowkidaar', will change India in 60 months: Narendra Modi

Jhansi, Oct 25 (ANI): While addressing people at a rally in Jhansi, Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Friday said that the Congress party got 60 years to rule the country and during its rule it gave only poverty, unemployment and corruption. He urged the nation to only give 60 months to BJP and he promised that he will change the scenario in the country completely. He also asked people not to make him Prime Minister of the country but make him a Chowkidaar to guard the national treasury. Oct 25, 2013

Thug Narendra Modi in fear of Rahul Gandhis mass youth appeal: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 25 (ANI): Even as BJP’s PM Candidate, Narendra Modi lashed out at Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi for alleging that an intelligence officer had told him Pakistani agencies had approached young Muslim men whose families had been affected in the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, the Congress on Friday hit back at Modi calling him a thug and being afraid of Rahul’s mass youth appeal. Oct 25, 2013

Bandh affects normal life in Manipur

Manipur, Oct 25 (ANI): On 15th October, the Coordinating Committee of six Manipur-based militant groups (CarCom) and the Tripura-based NLFT jointly called for an 18-hour-long shutdown. The protest was against the merger of Manipur and Tripura into Indian union on this day in 1949. However, people in Manipur condemned the protest as undemocratic, and added that they have already suffered from the frequent acts of violence carried out by militant outfits. Oct 25, 2013