Expert: Saudi Security Council snub not just about Syria

An analyst for the US Institute for Peace says Saudi Arabia's refusal of a UN Security Council seat is about more than just about the continuing conflict in Syria, with concerns about Iran also playing a key role. Duration: 0:58 Oct 18, 2013

Norwegians shocked by Somalia terror connection

Al-Qaeda operative Ikrimah al-Muhajir is one of the world's most wanted terrorists. A Kenyan report says he is suspected of planning attacks in Africa including the Nairobi mall siege. News of his activities causes shock in Norway, where he spent several years. Duration: 00:54 Oct 18, 2013

French court jails Somali pirates for 2009 hijack

French court has sentenced three Somali pirates to up to 12 years in prison for the 2009 hijacking of a French yacht which prompted a rescue operation by elite forces in which the skipper died. Duration: 00:55 Oct 18, 2013

Rescuers find bodies after Laos air crash

Rescuers in Laos continue to find bodies after a plane plummeted into the Mekong River, killing all on board, in the country's worst known air disaster. Duration: 00:39 Oct 18, 2013

Japanese minister visits controversial war shrine

A cabinet minister is among scores of Japanese parliamentarians who pay tribute at a controversial war shrine in Tokyo, in a move likely to anger China and South Korea. Duration: 00:44 Oct 18, 2013

London artist creates major works from tiny objects

London artist Joe Black is currently holding his first solo exhibition. Black uses hundreds of small common objects such as test tubes, toy soldiers and badges to create large works. Duration: 01:36 Oct 18, 2013

Bushfires ravage communities in Australia

Residents face scenes of devastation as bushfires ravage communities and destroy "hundreds" of homes in southeastern Australia, leaving one man dead with dozens of blazes still out of control. Duration: 00:59 Oct 18, 2013

Birth control may be a bitter pill, stroke survivor warns

Marion Larat is the first woman in France to take the German pharmaceutical company Bayer to court over newer-generation birth control pills that caused her to have a stroke and left her severely handicapped. Duration: 02:02 Oct 18, 2013

It happens: Boat Race

Imphal, Oct 18 (ANI): Tribes living in the hills and plains of northeastern India come together to participate and compete in Hiyang Hiren Tanana, the traditional boat race competition, held annually two days ahead of the Mera Houchongba celebrations, a festival which encourages brotherhood among tribal communities. On Wednesday hundreds of locals dressed in their traditional northeast Indian attire, came to participate in the festivities of an annual boat race competition which is organised annually two days ahead of the religious festival, Mera Houchongba. All 36 rowers or volunteers which include two team leaders (Tengmai Lappa) who took part in the boat race were blessed by the titular king ofIndia's northeastern Manipur state, Leishemba Sanajaoba, during a ceremony held at Sana Konung (Manipur Royal Palace) on Tuesday. Hiyang HirenTanana (Traditional Boat Race) and Mera Houchongba are the two most important festivals of Manipur which bind the people of the valley with the hills. The two festivals are being celebrated in Manipur since 33 A. D. whenManipur was ruled by King Nongda Lairen Pakhangba. Oct 18, 2013