Shopkeepers fear Japan sales tax increase

Japanese shopkeepers fear a pending sales tax rise from 5% to 8% will hurt their busniesses but an analyst tells AFPTV the hike is essential to finance the country's health care system. Oct 1, 2013

US govt shutdown leaves DC monuments closed

Reactions from tourists hoping to visit some of the capital's famous museums on Washington's mall were mixed on Tuesday as they found most of the museums were closed following the government shutdown, the first in 17 years Oct 1, 2013

Italians at a loss as government hit by new crisis

Once loyal supporters of Italy's Silvio Berlusconi spoke out against him as Prime Minister Enrico Letta worked on Tuesday to shore up support on the eve of a crucial confidence vote in parliament. Italians are at a loss as to what to think. Oct 1, 2013

Netanyahu: Israel ready to tackle Iran 'alone'

Israel is ready to act "alone" to stop Iran getting a nuclear bomb, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday, warning a UN summit against believing Iran's new leader. Oct 1, 2013

Clashes break out at Rio teacher protests

Clashes broke out on Monday night between security forces and hundreds of teachers who had been protesting in Rio de Janeiro to demand better working conditions and higher pay, with the support of Black Bloc anarchists. Duration: 00:44 Oct 1, 2013

S. Korea stages huge military parade

South Korea stages its largest military display for a decade, as President Park Geun-Hye warns of the "very grave" threat posed by North Korea's nuclear weapons programme. Duration: 00:40 Oct 1, 2013

Syria disarmament team launches mission

A disarmament team is to arrive Tuesday in Damascus on a mission to destroy Syria's chemical arsenal, a day after UN experts wrapped up their investigation of alleged gas attacks. Duration: 00:45 Oct 1, 2013

Staff resilient after Afghan hospital attack

A Taliban attack wrecked the operating theatre and left 160 staff and patients wounded, but the Maidan Shar hospital has never stopped serving the people of one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. Duration: 00:36 Oct 1, 2013

Rasheed Masood's Verdict is historic: D Raja

New Delhi, Oct 01 (ANI): After Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood is convicted by a Delhi court sentencing him to four years in jail in connection with the MBBS seat scam, CPI leader D Raja said that the verdict is a historic one and also an expected one. He further said that this will send a message to all the politicians and should be taken as a great league started. Oct 1, 2013

Japanese firms target water purification industry in Asia

Japan, Oct 01 (ANI): Safe and clean drinking water is the basic right of people. In Thailand, the government provides clean water from Bangkhen plant in the suburbs of its capital Bangkok. It is Asia's second biggest water treatment facility, and it processes 4 million cubic meters of clean water every day. The plant has been using Ebara pumps from Japan for over 3 decades. The reliability of water pumps supplied by Ebara has created a unique relationship with the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority in Thailand. Ebara recently organized a seminar in Bangkok that attracted representatives from South-East Asian countries to update them about its latest technologies in water purification. Oct 1, 2013

Congress Vice-President Rahul, not BJP made fun of PM: Rajnath

Kolkata, Oct 01 (ANI): BJP president Rajnath Singh on Tuesday came down heavily on Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi for accusing BJP of making fun of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and said that it was the Congress vice-president, Rahul Gandhi who instead made fun of the PM when he is abroad. Oct 1, 2013

Japan's Tech sector gets Olympic boost

The decision to award the 2020 Olympic games to Tokyo has given Tech companies in Japan something to aim for as they try to develop the must-have product of the future. Duration: 01:38 Oct 1, 2013