Olympic committee praises Sochi ahead of Games

The International Olympic Committee on Thursday declared Russia's Olympic venues in Sochi were ready for the 2014 Winter Games, adding it was satisfied that a law on homosexuality passed by Russia did not violate the Olympic charter. Duration: 01:16 Sep 26, 2013

Radio brings 'fresh air' to Syria's Aleppo

A local radio station in Aleppo is trying to bring information to listeners, provide updates on the revolt against President Bashar al-Assad, and even try to keep morale up during bombings. Duration: 00:36 Sep 26, 2013

Pakistan earthquake death toll tops 350

Tens of thousands of survivors of Pakistan's earthquake waited for help in soaring temperatures Thursday, as the death toll rose past 350 and anger grew at the slow pace of government aid. Duration:00:52 Sep 26, 2013

New space crew joins ISS on Olympic torch mission

An American and two Russians Thursday boarded the International Space Station after a lightning journey from Earth, on a mission that will see the Olympic torch for the 2014 Sochi Games taken into space for the first time. Duration:00:34 Sep 26, 2013

Nine dead in attack on Indian Kashmir base

Militants disguised as soldiers kill nine people in an attack on a police base in Indian Kashmir, days before long-awaited talks between the leaders of India and Pakistan. Duration: 00:45 Sep 26, 2013

Funeral of pregnant victim of Westgate mall siege

Radio presenter Ruhila Adatia was laid to rest Thursday by the Ismailis community at a graveyard in Kareoko, Nairobi. 7 months pregnant, she died from gunshots wounds. Duration: 01:28 Sep 26, 2013

Ivory Coast's cinema scene reinvigorated with 'Run'

Director Philippe Lacote’s film "Run" charts a decade of rebellion, civil war and post-electoral violence in Ivory Coast. Its European release scheduled for 2014 marks a turning point in the country's flagging cinematic industry.Duration: 02:05 Sep 26, 2013

Methane gas rises from island created by Pakistan quake

A small island of mud and rock created by the huge earthquake that hit southwest Pakistan is fascinating locals but experts -- who found methane gas rising from it -- say it is unlikely to last long.Duration:00:43 Sep 26, 2013

BJP Rally: Narendra Modi asks PM if India is too weak to counter attack its enemies

Trichy, Sep 26 (ANI): Addressing the people of Tamil Nadu in his speech at his rally in Trichy on Thursday, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi questioned the prime minister if India is too weak to counter attack its enemies who go on taking India for granted. Further, he lashed out at the central government for its inability to protect the fishermen of Kerala and soldiers on the borders from the neighboring country's attacks. Further, he also mocked PM's talks with his Pakistan counterpart saying that PM Manmohan Singh is enjoying 'chicken biryani' while Pakistan is attacking Indian soldiers. Sep 26, 2013

BJP says Ordinance on convicted lawmakers against Constitution

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): After a delegation of BJP leaders met President Pranab Mukherjee to voice its opposition to the Ordinance proposed by the Centre providing protection to convicted lawmakers, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said that the ordinance is against the Constitution of India. Swaraj also said that the party had always opposed the Ordinance, which is illegal, immoral and unconstitutional. Further, the BJP leader also requested the President to examine the same before taking any decision. Sep 26, 2013

Mumbai gang rape case: Confusion prevails over whereabouts of one accused

Mumbai, Sep 26 (ANI): The whereabouts of one accused in the gang rape of a 22-year photojournalist in Mumbai became contentious on Thursday when he failed to appear for a court hearing, while jail authorities and probe agencies passed the blame for the mix up. Earlier, Mumbai police had filed a 600-page charge sheet against the five men on September 19. Police had said that it had 'strong' evidence against the accused and had listed 42 witnesses in the charge sheet. The 22-year-old victim, accompanied by a male colleague to the mill for an assignment, was assaulted on August 22. Public prosecutor, Ujjwal Nikam informed mediapersons in Mumbai that the court had directed the jail superintendent to produce the accused in the court on September 27. Sep 26, 2013

Raghuram Rajan report will help Bihar get more financial aid: Nitish Kumar

Patna, Sep 26 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday hailed the Raghuram Rajan panel report that has ranked Bihar among India's least advanced states. Kumar said that the report will pave the way for getting more funds from the Centre for development in his state. He was speaking after release of a report of a panel headed by then Chief Economic Advisor Raghuram Rajan, now RBI Governor. The report has made a case for ending the "special category" criteria for providing additional assistance to poorer states and has suggested a new matrix to decide on which states should get the most financial assistance from the Centre. The report ranked Goa and Kerala as the most advanced state and Odisha and Bihar the least. Sep 26, 2013

Opposition demands cancelation of Indo-Pak PM level talks

New Delhi, Sep 26 (ANI): The attack by militants on a police station and an army base in Kashmir on Thursday has triggered calls to cancel talks between the rival nations' Prime Ministers at the weekend. Politicos from different political parties condemned the attack and demanded strict punishment against the culprits. Sep 26, 2013