Egyptian military carry out air strikes on IS

Egypt's military said in a statement on state television it had carried out an air strike against Islamic State targets in Libya at dawn on Monday, a day after the group released a video appearing to Feb 16, 2015

Political reactions pour in over Bihar political crisis

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Even as political crisis in Bihar keeps on deepening, political leaders put forth their views on the ongoing developments in the state. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that Jitan Ram Manjhi and BJP is against Nitish Kumar but the situation will not end up on President's rule in the sate. Congress leader Manish Tewari said that it's not the crisis in Bihar but a conspiracy by BJP. NCP leader Tariq Anwar said that there is an intention of creating conditions of President's rule in Bihar which is created by BJP. Meanwhile, BJP refuted any relations with Bihar political crisis and with the JD (U). Feb 16, 2015

Abu Salem convicted in Pradeep Jain murder case

Mumbai, Feb 16 (ANI): A special TADA court in Mumbai on Monday convicted underworld don Abu Salem in the 1995 murder case of city-based builder Pradeep Jain. It is the first time that Salem has been convicted in any case involving him after he was deported to India in 2005 from Portugal. Jain was shot dead by assailants outside his Juhu bungalow on March 7, 1995 after he allegedly refused to part with his huge property to Salem. Feb 16, 2015

Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena meets PM Modi at Hyderabad House

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House on Monday. Both the leaders are likely to hold talks on all major issues such as devolution of power to the Tamil community and the sticky fishermen issue. Earlier in the day, Maithripala Sirisena met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi to boost ties. The two leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues. Sirisena arrived in India on Sunday, on his first state visit abroad, as a part of efforts to repair relations with New Delhi which soured under the previous government. He was given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan on his arrival. Sirisena will return on Wednesday. Feb 16, 2015

Politicos react as Anna Hazare is all set to protest against Land Acquisition Ordinance on Feb 24 at

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Political leaders on Monday react as anti graft crusader Anna Hazare is all set to stage a protest against Land Acquisition Ordinance on February 24 at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that all have right to protest in a democracy and that the government will function for the welfare of all. Congress leader Manish Tewari and NCP's Tariq Anwar supported the protest. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi said that the ruling BJP's policy is against poor and for only corporates. CPI leader Atul Kumar Anjan also came out in support of Hazare and against the land acquisition ordinance. Feb 16, 2015

BJP has no role in Bihar political crisis: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Union minister and BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that the BJP has no role in Bihar political crisis. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that the situation arose over JD (U)'s internal squabbles. Feb 16, 2015

Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State in Iraq

Iraq, Feb 16 (ANI): Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria, most of them to join Islamic State, but there are few who came to fight on the other side by joining a small Christian militia. The militia they have joined is called Dwekh Nawsha - meaning self sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language still spoken by Assyrian Christians, who consider themselves the indigenous people of Iraq. Dwekh Nawsha operates alongside Kurdish peshmerga forces to protect a cluster of Christian villages on the front line. Twenty-eight year old Brett is one of the volunteers who came from overseas, a US army veteran who recently returned to Iraq to fight Islamic State in what he sees as a wider war between good and evil. Brett is the only one of the foreign volunteers to have engaged in fighting so far. The others only recently arrived, and were turned back from the front line on Friday by Kurdish security services because they did not have necessary approval from the authorities. Feb 16, 2015

Egypt vows response after IS beheading video

The latest video released by Islamic State militants purports to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. The video, which Reuters cannot verify, shows militants Feb 16, 2015

ISIS releases video purporting to show beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya

Libya, Feb 16 (ANI):Islamic State released a video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages in Libya. Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead. In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach that the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded. The video appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and has also beheaded Western hostages. A caption on the five-minute video read:"The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church." Before the killings, one of the militants stood with a knife in his hand. Feb 16, 2015

Shelling could mean ceasefire violations

Signs of continued fighting are evident in eastern Ukraine less than 24 hours after a ceasefire agreement was to have taken affect. Large holes, damaged buildings and shells could be seen in Popasna- Feb 16, 2015

Cricketers' families relish India's win over Pakistan in World Cup

Nagpur/Moradabad/Jammu, Feb 16 (ANI): As Indian cricket team defeated Pakistan in its opening match in World Cup 2015, family members of Indian cricketers celebrated the emphatic win with great zeal. Indian cricketer Virat Kohli scored an imperious century to steer India to an imposing 300 for seven against Pakistan in a frenzied atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval stadium. Miles away in Moradabad city, bowler Mohammed Shami's family was rejoiced with the victory. It was a proud moment for them as they watched Shami take four wickets against the rival Pakistan team. Cricketer Umesh Yadav's family and friends were basking in his success in Nagpur. Feb 16, 2015

Sri Lankan President arrives in New Delhi on first state visit

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena arrived in India on his first state visit abroad, as a part of efforts to repair relations with New Delhi which soured under the previous government. Sirisena earlier pledged to pursue a more global foreign policy in a break from his predecessor Mahinda Rajapaksa's pursuit of close ties with China, a key supporter of Sri Lanka's economy since its 26-year civil war ended in 2009. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tweeted that he was looking forward "to welcoming President Sirisena later this month." Modi is scheduled to make a reciprocal trip in the second week of March, according to Sri Lankan government officials. Sirisena will return on Wednesday. Feb 16, 2015

PM Modi congratulates Team India for stunning win against Pak

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian cricket team for their stunning performance against arch-rivals Pakistan in the World Cup opener match at the Adelaide Oval in Australia. "Congrats Team India. Well played. We are all very proud of you," Prime Minister Modi tweeted. Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee also took to twitter and wished the Indian team good luck for the remaining matches of the tournament. "Congratulations Indian Team on victory in ICC World Cup's first match; wish you continued success in coming matches," President Mukherjee tweeted. Earlier, India kicked off their World Cup campaign by beating Misbah-ul Haq-led side by 76 runs to keep their record of never losing to Pakistan in a World Cup tournament intact. Man of the Match Virat Kohli's splendid ton helped India put up a 301-run target for Pakistan. Feb 16, 2015