Cuban cigar maker predicts big U.S. market share

Cuban cigars are beloved and hard to come by in the U.S. But that may not be the case for long if America lifts its half-century-old ban against Cuban exports. At a news conference in Havana, Cuba, Feb 25, 2015

Five drones spotted flying over Paris landmarks

At least five drones were spotted flying over central Paris landmarks during the night and police were unable to catch the operators. The sightings come at a time of heightened security following last month's jihadist attacks. Feb 25, 2015

Movie directors inspire new fashion line

Fashion designers draw inspiration from many things. Movie directors and cinema fueled creations in The Blonds' latest collection on display at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York. Haughty faced Feb 24, 2015

French Jewish leader defends comments about young Muslims

The president of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions reiterates comments about violence among young Muslims and says he "very much regrets" the decision of a Muslim council to boycott his organisation's dinner. Duration: 01:24 Feb 24, 2015

Charlie Hebdo team bites back with new issue

More than a month after jihadist gunmen massacred much of the Charlie Hebdo editorial staff, the magazine is back at work with another savage swipe at its favourite enemies. Duration: 00:59 Feb 24, 2015

UNHCR distributes aid to displaced Iraqis who fled Anbar

Displaced Iraqis who fled Anbar province's flashpoint al-Baghdadi district due to advances and a siege by Islamic State (IS) group militants, received aid from the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR)in Baghdad on Tuesday. Duration: 00:42 Feb 24, 2015

BJP, PDP announce coalition in J&K; govt to be formed soon

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Months after polls in Jammu and Kashmir resulted in equal majority to BJP and PDP, the two parties have announced coalition in the state. The Chiefs of both the parties met in New Delhi on Tuesday and announced coalition and promised to form government together soon. BJP President Amit Shah said that Jammu and Kashmir will soon get a government of a popular BJP-PDP alliance. Meanwhile, PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti said that keeping in mind the interests and welfare of the people of J&K, the two parties have decided to form a peaceful government together. Feb 24, 2015

Kejriwal shares stage with Anna in protest against Land Acquisition Bill

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday shared stage with Social activist Anna Hazare who is protesting against the amended land acquisition bill being presented by the BJP government in Lok Sabha. Kejriwal said that the new bill is against the interest of the farmers and if it gets passed the Central Government would be behaving like a property dealer for the rich and corporate. He assured to the people of Delhi that no illegal land acquisition shall be promoted in the Capital. Further, praising Anna, Kejriwal said that Hazare is like a ‘father figure’ to him and he holds due respect for Anna. He also requested Hazare to visit the Delhi Secretariat for a while some day to ‘purify’ it with his presence. Feb 24, 2015

Sushma Swaraj meets Father Alexis Prem Kumar

New Delhi, Feb 24 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday met Jesuit priest Father Alexis Prem Kumar, who was released eight months after being held captive in Afghanistan. He was accompanied by his family as they sat with Swaraj and exchanged pleasantries. The 47-year-old Jesuit priest was kidnapped by unknown gunmen from Herat in June last year and was being held as a captive. He arrived in New Delhi on February 22 after the Indian government managed to secure his release. He had thanked the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the support. The Indian foreign ministry had said it was a difficult eight month period and India had pursued the matter quite relentlessly and thanked everybody involved in the process. Feb 24, 2015

Former Jatiya Party lawmaker gets life imprisonment for war crimes in Bangladesh

Dhaka, Feb 24 (ANI): The war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Tuesday sentenced former Jatiya Party lawmaker Abdul Jabbar to life imprisonment for crimes committed during the Liberation War in 1971. Apart from genocide, the charges against him include killing of 36 people, forced conversion of 200 Hindus, looting 557 houses and arson during the 1971 Liberation War. The 83-year-old leader has also been fined Tk 10 lakhs in absentia. If he fails to submit the fine, the jail tenure would be extended by two years, the court said. Considering the convict’s age, Chairman of International Crimes Tribunal-1, Justice M Enayetur Rahim, announced jail until death instead of capital punishment. Jabbar was elected a law maker in 1964. Feb 24, 2015