Hong Kong tycoon and ex-deputy leader jailed for graft

Hong Kong property tycoon Thomas Kwok and the city's former deputy leader Rafael Hui are jailed for corruption after a trial that shocked the city and deepened anger at cosy ties between officialdom and big business. Duration: 00:36 Dec 23, 2014

Nervous France steps up security after brutal attacks

France has stepped up security following three successive, apparently unrelated bloody attacks. The violence has jarred nerves after repeated jihadist calls for "lone wolf" action in France over its fight against Islamic extremism. Duration: 02:12 Dec 23, 2014

Five bombs hit Yemen capital killing at least one

Five small bombs on Tuesday hit the centre of the Yemeni capital, mostly controlled by Shiite militiamen since September, killing one of them and wounding two others, a medic said. Duration: 00:44 Dec 23, 2014

Sonia Gandhi discharged from hospital

New Delhi, Dec 23 (ANI): Congress President Sonia Gandhi was discharged from a hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday after successfully recovering from a respiratory tract infection. Gandhi was admitted to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital on Thursday (December 18) after she complained about experiencing difficulty while breathing. Chairman of Board of Management of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr DS Rana, said that Gandhi will be resting for the coming few days. Dec 23, 2014

It will take time to form govt, not in hurry: Mehbooba Mufti

Srinagar, Dec 23 (ANI): PDP Chief Mehbooba Mufti said on Tuesday that it will take time to form a government to provide "good governance". Talking to mediapesons in Srinagar Mehbooba said that while she was happy the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had become the single largest group in the 87-member assembly, the outcome was not to her expectation. She added that the PDP was in no hurry to form a government and refused to say if her party would prefer to sail with the Bharatiya Janata Party, or the Congress. Dec 23, 2014

Churches in Mumbai being decked up ahead of Christmas

Mumbai, Dec 23 (ANI): Ahead of Christmas, churches in India's showbiz city Mumbai have been decked up as people are preparing in full spirit for the festivity. The churches have been brightly lit and decorated with festoons. Christmas trees and tinsel streamers, baubles, stars, lights, and bells have been used to decorate the church. A woman at a city church, Tina Vohra, said she would pray for peace in the world. Dec 23, 2014

Nissan unveils taxi convenient for disabled persons

Hong Kong/ Tokyo, Dec 23 (ANI): Taxis are convenient daily transportation for the citizens in Hong Kong. About 18,000 taxis operating in the city are sedan type of vehicles having limited trunk space. This makes difficult for the wheelchair users. Nissan Motor recently unveiled a new generation of Taxi for Hong Kong. It offers an innovative functional cabin that unites comfort with hospitality. The New taxi offers barrier-free access to the users realized by the universal design layout. Wheelchair users may benefit from the new concept who can easily roll on and off the taxi through the back door using an attached slope. The new taxi is based on the Nissan NV200, a multi-purpose commercial vehicle that is sold throughout the world. More than 750 units are already operating in Japan, recently launched in New York City and EV model in Barcelona as the next-generation Taxi. The NV200 taxi is powered by both gasoline and LPG. This bi-fuel system is common in Europe and comes to Hong Kong for the first time. The new bi-fuel system is economical and reduces approximately 80 percent of NOx from the emission compared to conventional mono-fuel LPG models. The new taxi launch was celebrated with several groups, including Direction Association for the Handicapped, which provides assistanc Dec 23, 2014

Massive protest in PoK against erratic load shedding

Muzaffarabad, POK, December 23, 2014: Angry Citizens of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir or PoK are warning the Government to restore Electricity Supply in the area. Authorities have completely failed to control the Load Shedding, Affecting Every Section of Life and Society, Crippling the Business and Education of PoK Which Is Already One of the Poorest and Backward Region of the World. Dec 23, 2014

Syrian Christians prepare for Christmas in Homs

Despite the war, Christians in Homs who were able to return to their neighborhood are preparing Christmas in the ruins of the former "capital" of the Syrian revolution, today largely under regime control. Duration: 01:36 Dec 23, 2014