Abbott survives leadership challenge

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott survived a leadership challenge on Monday following weeks of infighting in his ruling Liberal Party. In a secret ballot party members voted down a motion to Feb 9, 2015

Terrorism needs to be tackled with global cooperation, says President Pranab Mukherjee

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): President Pranab Mukherjee said the international community needs to assert itself and tackle terrorism by taking concerted, coordinated and determined action. Addressing the sixth conference of Ambassadors and High Commissioners in New Delhi, the President recalled the horrific killings of innocent hostages in Syria, the attack on the media in Paris and the tragic killing of school children and their teachers in Peshawar, Pakistan. Calling terrorism an industry of evil, Mukherjee said that it was not just a threat to peace and security but an attack on humanity as a whole and civilization. Mukherjee said India demonstrated dynamism and bold leadership by inviting leaders of SAARC countries to attend the swearing-in of the new government in May last year. Feb 9, 2015

Singapore President arrives in India for state visit

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam arrived in New Delhi for a four-day-visit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. During his visit, President Yam is scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart, Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj. President Yam, who is accompanied by his wife Mary Tan, will also inaugurate an exhibition at the national museum in New Delhi. He will leave the country on February 11. The close relationship shared by India and Singapore is based on convergence of economic and political interests. Feb 9, 2015

Atleast 13 killed in an accident in Assam

Golaghat, Feb 09 (ANI): At least 13 people were killed in a major road accident in Golaghat district of Assam, when a vehicle carrying 15 passengers rammed into a stationary truck loaded with iron rods. The impact of the accident was so severe that 12 people died on the spot, while another victim succumbed to injuries on way to hospital. Most of the passengers sitting in the front of the vehicle were disfigured beyond recognition. Two survivors, who suffered injuries, were rushed to Jorhat Medical College and Hospital. The accident occurred on NH 37, when the passenger vehicle was coming from Dhakuakhana in Dhemaji district. One of the survivors said the vehicle was being driven by attendant while the driver was taking rest. Feb 9, 2015

Hardcore Maoist surrenders in Jharkhand

Khunti, Feb 09 (ANI): A hardcore Maoist surrendered before police in Jharkhand, laying down his arms and ammunition. Rebel Anil Singh gave himself up and also deposited a carbine and a rifle to Director General of Police, Jharkhand, Rajeev Kumar, at a function in Khunti district. Singh was handed over a cheque of rupees 50,000 under government's surrender policy. The rebels have operated for decades across a wide swath of central and eastern India, and grew in strength during recent times in areas where poor, tribal villagers came into conflict with mining companies seeking resources for industrialisation. Feb 9, 2015

Black Money Probe: Names revealed of account holders, Politicos react

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Monday after a leading daily The Indian Express on Monday revealed names of Indians holding black money accounts abroad. The list included names of businessmen, politicians and their relatives. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said that the SIT would take the appropriate steps on the matter. NCP leader Nawab Malik said that government should take cognizance of the matter as Black Money is a heated debate today. AAP leader Atishi Marlena said that the names listed in connection with Black Money had already been announced in the past. JD (U) leader KC Tyagi appealed SIT to take action against the account holders. According to reports, the government is expected to disclose the names of over 60 Indians and entities as part of its crackdown on black money accounts as reported in the HSBC bank's Geneva branch list. Feb 9, 2015

Free Syrian Army declares capture of Kobani villages

REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE The Free Syrian Army says it is back on the move. This video, which Reuters Feb 9, 2015

Free Syrian Army declares capture of Kobani villages

REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE CONTENT OF THIS VIDEO, WHICH HAS BEEN OBTAINED FROM A SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE The Free Syrian Army says it is back on the move. This video, which Reuters Feb 9, 2015

Clashes outside Cairo soccer match leaves 22 dead

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Twenty-two people were killed outside an Egyptian football match on Sunday (February 8) when security forces barred fans from entering the stadium, the public Feb 9, 2015