Sierra Leone hopeful 'surge' can slow Ebola transmission

In meetings with the UN Secretary General, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said he hoped the ongoing "surge" against Ebola in the west of the country would help "put this issue of the fight against Ebola behind us". Duration: 01:51 Dec 22, 2014

Iraq Kurd chief hails advances in anti-jihadist battle

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani hailed advances by peshmerga fighters against the Islamic State group Sunday as they battled the jihadists for a northern town with the backing of US-led strikes. Duration: 01:24 Dec 22, 2014

France probes two weekend brutal attacks, calls for calm

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 13 people were injured in the rampage though none of the victims are critical. Calling for "caution" and "restraint", he said the motives of the assailant had not yet been established. Duration: 00:47 Dec 22, 2014

Struggle for survival in isolated east Ukraine village

The Ukraine-controlled village of Olhovatka, in the war-torn east of the country, is completely isolated from the outside world. Residents there struggle to survive, especially pensioners who haven't been paid in months. Duration: 00:47 Dec 22, 2014

Uganda's cocoa kings seek to keep business home-grown

Uganda's chocolate makers are looking to buck the trend of exporting raw materials for processing - only to import them for sale - by taking control of their cocoa beans, from tree to shop floor. Duration: 03:01 Dec 22, 2014

Saradha Scam Case: Politicos react as Kunal Ghosh blames Mamata again

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh on Monday reportedly said that party chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is involved in the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam. Ghosh claimed this during his deposition before a city court. Politicos reacted on the issue. Dec 22, 2014

Mallika Sherawat plays 'Dirty Politics'

Mumbai, Dec 22 (ANI): Bollywood diva Mallika Sherawat, who has been missing the silver screen for so long, is now gearing up for her upcoming release 'Dirty Politics.' She was recently seen promoting the movie in India's showbiz capital Mumbai. The movie also stars Om Puri, Anupam Kher, Naseeruddin Shah and many others. The movie is slated to release next year. Dec 22, 2014

'Insomniac Adults' More Likely To Suffer Back Pain Later In Life

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI) : A new research has recently revealed that adults suffering from insomnia are almost one-and-a-half times more likely to suffer from back pain eventually.The study included that insomnia increases a person's sensitivity to pain and that those suffering from it were liable to suffer from spontaneous pain more often and with more intensity compared to others.According to the study, one possible link would be stress, as people suffering from insomnia generally describe their lives as stressful, so it's almost certain that they would suffer from chronic restlessness that would increase muscle tension and reduce the number of micro-pauses in muscle activity, which leads to back pain. Dec 22, 2014

Suspected Maoists attack forest office in Kerala

Palakkad, Dec 22 (ANI): Suspected Maoists attacked the office of forest department in Palakkad district of Kerala on Monday. The rebels vandalized the office and burnt an official vehicle. However, district collector K Ramachandran says it is yet to be established if Maoists are behind the incident. Meanwhile, Kerala police's wing for anti-Maoist operations called 'Thunderbolt' cordoned off the area and began combing operations in the nearby areas. Dec 22, 2014

Self-Reported Daily Exercise Lowers Blood Sugar Level In Body

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI) : A new study has recently revealed that self-reported daily exercise helps in reducing blood pressure and blood glucose levels.The study found that women who were consistently and even irregularly active had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared with those who were completely inactive.The findings also showed that consistently and irregularly active male and female patients had fasting glucose levels lower than the consistently inactive patients. Consistently active and irregularly active women had a greater magnitude of difference for cardiometabolic variables compared with similarly active men. Dec 22, 2014

Hundreds of students take part in Yogathon in Chennai

Chennai, Dec 22 (ANI): Hundreds of students took part in a "Yogathon" to create awareness about the ancient practice at an event in Chennai on Monday. Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's 'Art of Living Foundation' organized the event. Organizers said the event was being organized across the country, especially in schools and colleges, to create awareness among the people about the benefits of Yoga. Senior Faculty of Art of Living Foundation, Ayush Doshyam, said the idea behind the event was to spread awareness about the positives of Yoga. Dec 22, 2014

Tweet on Vajpayee no hint of alliance with BJP: Omar

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): A day before counting of votes for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah while addressing a press conference in Srinagar thanked the people of the state for actively taking part in the elections. He said that it is an honour for him to serve as J and K CM for six years. When asked about his tweet on Atal Behari Vajpayee and whether National Conference can form an alliance with the BJP he said that his tweet is no hint of alliance with the BJP Dec 22, 2014