Efforts on to trace Indians stranded in Iraq, says Foreign Minister

New Delhi, Feb 22 (ANI): Union Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj assured the tense family members of Indian nationals stranded in Iraq that the government was putting in all the efforts to bring them back. This is the sixth meeting between Swaraj and the families from Punjab. Last year, 39 Indian construction workers, mainly from Punjab, were abducted in Iraq by the Islamic State (IS). The family members have reposed hope in the Indian government. About 10,000 Indian nationals live and work across Iraq, according to government figures. Feb 22, 2015

Congress workers distribute free masks, medicines to combat swine flu

Ahmedabad/ Jaipur/ Siddharthnagar, Feb 22 (ANI): Workers of Congress party distributed free masks and medicines to residents in Gujarat as a precautionary measure to fight swine flu. India has seen a sharp rise in the number of swine flu deaths and reported cases this year. Nearly 700 lives have been claimed in the country due to the disease. More than 11,000 people, including children, reportedly took part in the campaign organised by Congress party. In view of the swine flu rush, the Central government last week had placed an order to increase the national stock of diagnostic kits to test for the virus. Meanwhile, Union Health Minister, JP Nadda, urged people to take immediate precautionary measures. Feb 22, 2015

Tourists come calling in snow-covered Himachal Pradesh

Manali/Shimla, Feb 22 (ANI): Tourists from across the country, especially northern India, are thronging Himachal Pradesh to spend their weekends in the snow-covered Himalayan state. Tourism in the state had taken a backseat in the recent days due to natural calamities. But snowfall has revived the state's fortunes once again. Capital city of Shimla is well-known for winter sports like snow trekking, skiing, snowboarding, ice skating, ice climbing and others. Other regions in Himachal Pradesh, like Kullu and Manali are also tourists' favourite when it comes to adventure sports. During winters, holidaying crowd from the plains of India and other parts of the country prefer to throng northern states India to experience snowfall. Feb 22, 2015

Diamonds a red carpet's best friend?

They say diamonds are a girl's best friend. And at Sunday's Oscars, expect celebrities to strut their stuff in high end couture... and some loaded million dollar jewels, so says Tiffany & Co.'s Linda Feb 22, 2015

'Human shield' wraps around Oslo synagogue

A human shield wraps around Oslo's synagogue, where more than 1,000 Muslims, young people, and Norwegians join together to offer symbolic protection for the city's Jewish community. They're showing Feb 22, 2015

Astronauts prep ISS 'parking spots' for space taxis

Some 260 miles above earth, a pair of U.S. astronauts outside the International Space Station are rigging the parking spots for two commercial space taxis. The spots will serve as docking ports for Feb 22, 2015

Kiev shows off seized weapons on Maidan anniversary

A song for the Ukrainian protesters killed one year ago -- more than a hundred -- During an uprising on Independence Square -- known here as Maidan -- that toppled Moscow-leaning President Victor Feb 22, 2015

US and Britain mulling 'extra sanctions' against Russia

The US and Britain are considering deepening sanctions against Russia due to its "craven behaviour" in Ukraine, Secretary of State John Kerry said before talks with British counterpart Philip Hammond in London on Saturday. Duration: 01:34 Feb 21, 2015

Huge blaze guts 79-floor Dubai skyscraper

Hundreds of panicked residents fled one of the tallest towers in Dubai early Saturday as a huge fire engulfed the skyscraper, causing extensive damage to its luxury flats. Duration: 01:21 Feb 21, 2015