Iraq's Fallujah locked in stand-off between army, gunmen

More than 13,000 families have fled Fallujah, NGOs said Wednesday, warning of a dire humanitarian situation in Iraq, as masked gunmen held the city, locked in a days-long standoff with the army. Duration: 01:05 Jan 9, 2014

Barefoot devotees in spectacular Catholic parade

Hundreds of thousands of barefoot devotees pour into Manila for one of the world's biggest Catholic parades honouring an ebony statue of Jesus Christ they believe has miraculous powers. Duration: 00:39 Jan 9, 2014

Self-parking car unveiled at Las Vegas tech fair

A Range Rover Evoque with Valeo self-parking technology parks itself with no driver during a demonstration, at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada on January 8, 2014. Duration: 00:34 Jan 9, 2014

Puntland elects former Somali PM as new president

Deputies in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region on Wednesday elected a former national prime minister, Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas, as the new president of an area still threatened by Islamist militants. Duration: 00:34 Jan 9, 2014

Muzaffarnagar riot victims hit at SP s splurge on Saifai Mahotsav

Muzaffarnagar, Jan 09 (ANI): Muzaffarnagar riot victims languishing in the relief camps hit at Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday for splurging millions on the fortnight-long annual carnival- Saifai Mahotsav, while the former battle bitter cold weather conditions with poorly managed arrangements by the state government. A distressed woman living in the camps, Nafeesa said she had lost her child due biting cold wave conditions, while many other children had fallen sick due to unhygienic surroundings and lack of supplies. Jan 9, 2014

UPA admits to irregularities in coal block allocation

New Delhi/ Ranchi, Jan 09 (ANI): The Attorney General of India, GE Vahanvati, admitted to irregularities in the infamous coal allocation scam in the apex court on Thursday, media reports said. As per the reports, Vahanvati told the Supreme Court that something had gone wrong in the allocation of coal blocks, even though they took the decisions in 'good faith'. After the statement, the UPA government drew flak from the opposition. As per reports, the FIRs have been filed against BLA Industries Pvt Ltd, Gastron Technologies Pvt Ltd and some unknown officials of the Coal Ministry to whom the coal blocks were allocated during the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime. Jan 9, 2014

Lalu Yadav forecasts Narendra Modi and AAP s future

New Delhi, Jan 09 (ANI): RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav forecasting Narendra Modi's future said that Modi cannot be the nation's prime minister as he is a non political person and he can result in breaking the nation. Further, talking about AAP, Yadav said that AAP will be a great failure in future keeping in view the promises it has made to the people. He also criticized Arvind Kejriwal's statement on allowing sting operation to people and finding corrupt people. Jan 9, 2014

New Bangladeshi lawmakers take oath

Dhaka, Jan 09 (ANI): The newly-elected lawmakers of the tenth parliament took oath of office in Dhaka on Thursday after Bangladesh's ruling Awami League won a violence-plagued parliamentary election as expected. Bangladesh recently concluded elections that ended with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League winning more than two-thirds of parliament seats. Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath to the 230 newly elected lawmakers of Awami League including party chief Sheikh Hasina. 31 lawmakers from HM Ershad-led Jatiya Party took oath in second phase. Jan 9, 2014

Top Maoist leader, his wife surrender before Andhra Pradesh police

Hyderabad, Jan 09 (ANI): A top Maoist leader ended nearly three decades of warfare and laid down arms before police in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, citing ill health as the main reason for surrender. Gusda Usendi fought as a rebel for nearly three decades in Maoists hotbed, of Chhattisgarh. Better incentives and rehabilitation policy offered to the surrendered insurgents lured the rebel to surrender before the Andhra Pradesh police. Usendi’s wife also surrendered due to ill health. While addressing a news conference in Hyderabad, the police assured of reward money to the leader. Jan 9, 2014

BS Yeddyurappa, two party MLAs rejoin BJP

Bangalore, Jan 09 (ANI): Karnataka Janta Party (KJP) president B S Yeddyurappa and two of his party MLAs formally rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Yeddyurappa said that the decision to quit the BJP was wrong in hindsight, as it had helped the Congress to come back to power. He said the need of the hour for the BJP was to stay united and to aim for 20 Lok Sabha seats from Karnataka. Jan 9, 2014