IHT rebrands to become International New York Times

The International Herald Tribune published its final edition under its own name on Monday, marking the end of an era for the 125-year-newspaper that was a lifeline for American expatriates. Oct 14, 2013

France and South Africa sign rail and energy deals

French President Francois Hollande announced on Monday the signing with South Africa of a $2-billion pact for a thermal power plant in Africa's largest economy which suffers from energy shortages. Oct 14, 2013

Hundreds held after Moscow rocked by race rioting

Moscow police said Monday they had detained 1,200 people in an anti-migrant raid on a produce market where a racially-tinged riot took place over the weekend after the killing of an ethnic Russian. Oct 14, 2013

Muslim pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for hajj climax

Pilgrims in their hundreds of thousands thronged Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia from early Monday for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Officials said they expected around 1.5 million pilgrims to descend on the site. Oct 14, 2013

US grapples with budget impasse under default cloud

The Senate convened for a rare Sunday session, just days before the US reaches its borrowing limit, to grapple with an impasse that has shut the government for nearly two weeks, sending tremors of concern around the world. Oct 14, 2013

Two car bombs explode in central Damascus

Two cars laden with explosives and driven by suicide bombers blew up in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday night, state media reported. The blasts went off near the building of the national broadcaster SANA. Oct 14, 2013

MP Govt should be held fully accountable for MP stampede: Congress

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Slamming the Madhya Pradesh government for Ratangarh temple stampede, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said that just to make way for a BJP leader to enter the temple, police began lathicharge and that is why the stampede happened. He also said that MP government should be held fully accountable for temple tragedy. He further said that no leaders are being allowed to go and talk to people there because there is more to hide. Oct 14, 2013

Narendra Modi addresses 2013 Global Meet of Emerging Markets Forum

Gandhinagar, Oct 14 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Monday addressed the global meeting of the Emerging Markets Forum. Modi stated that there cannot be a better model of governance than democracy and Government must be the guardian of people's interest. He further added that people want development and are even ready to take bitter pills for it. Oct 14, 2013

'Phailin' is expected to reach Jharkhand accompanied by heavy rains: IMD

Bhubaneswar/Ranchi, Oct 14 (ANI): The officials in the weather department forecasted on Monday that the Super-Cyclone 'Phailin' is expected to reach Jharkhand accompanied by heavy rains in several regions. Earlier, a mass evacuation saved thousands of people from the cyclone in Odisha. Director of weather department, Bhubaneshwar, Sarat Sahu, confirmed that the intensity of the cyclone had calmed down. Meanwhile, the acting director of meteorological department in Ranchi, J S Jojo said that the state of Jharkhand could face the impacts of cyclone accompanied with heavy rain. Oct 14, 2013

Dussehra Celebrations: Mysore gripped by religious fervour and gaiety

Mysore, Oct 14 (ANI): Vijayadashami marks the end of the Dussehra celebrations in Mysore. Karnataka's cultural capital and the city of palaces, Mysore is gripped by religious fervour and gaiety on the occasion. Dussehra has been chosen as Karnataka's state festival - and the centuries-old tradition of a procession that starts in the Mysore Palace and winds its way through Mysore is one of the highlights. The biggest attraction in the festival is the victory procession of caparisoned elephants that marks the triumph of good over evil. Oct 14, 2013

JD (U) slams MP govt for Ratangarh temple stampede

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Slamming the Madhya Pradesh government for Ratangarh temple stampede, JD (U) on Monday said that bad governance, corruption in police responsible for the tragedy. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, JD (U) chief Sharad Yadav said that negligence by the state administration led to the tragedy. JD (U) leader K C Tyagi said that there were no proper arrangements for the devotees. Oct 14, 2013

Cong demands MP CM's resignation, BJP says wait for enquiry

New Delhi, Oct 14 (ANI): Even as the Congress demanded sacking of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Datiya temple stampede that has claimed at least 115 lives, the BJP on Monday said they were awaiting an enquiry into the matter and that action will be taken against the culprits. Oct 14, 2013

Ceasefire violation: Army is ready to face infiltrators and giving them befitting answers says Lt Ge

Rajouri, Oct 14 (ANI): After Pakistan troops yet again violated ceasefire at Samba sector of Jammu and Kashmir on Monday wherein a BSF jawan has been injured, GOC of White Knight Corps Lt Gen DS Hooda said that the army is ready to face the infiltrators and are giving them befitting answers. He further said that a few infiltrators are present in the Rajouri district, who will be taken care of by the army. Hooda also said that apparently, winter snow will make the infiltrators divert themselves. Oct 14, 2013