Mugabe warns estranged deputy at key party meeting

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe sought Thursday to shut down a bubbling succession battle at a key party congress, warning that his embattled deputy and onetime heir apparent could face criminal charges. Dec 5, 2014

Algeria PM vows _no concessions_ towards _terrorists

Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal says his country will never make concessions when dealing with _terrorists_, after meeting with French Prime Minister Manuel Valls during a trip to Paris. Dec 5, 2014

Russia is _strategic problem_ for EU: Juncker

Russia is now a _strategic problem_ for the EU amid the crisis in Ukraine but Brussels will work to make Moscow a partner again, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday. Dec 5, 2014

Vatican puts up its traditional Christmas tree

Installation of the traditional Christmas tree at St Peter_s square on December 4, 2014 at the Vatican. The tree, that was cut in Calbria southern Italy, is 25,5 metres tall, weights 8 tons and is estimated to be 70-year-old. Dec 4, 2014

Nigerians displaced by Boko Haram violence seek aid

In north eastern Nigeria, thousands have fled their homes for fear of being attacked by Islamist group Boko Haram. In Yola, in Adamawa state, NGOs and charities are doing all they can to help the displaced. Dec 4, 2014

IRC hosts _Quran and Modern Science_ Expo

Aurangabad, Dec 4 (ANI): A three-day exhibition _The Quran and Modern Science_ is being hosted by the Islamic Research Centre (IRC) in Maharashtra. The exhibition aims at making the youth aware of scientific facts stated in the holy book of Quran. President of IRC Advocate Faiz Syed said the motive is to clear the misconceptions of non Muslims regarding the Muslim community. Several illustrated posters quoted verses from the Quran and linked them with discoveries in modern science. A student, Alfia, said the exhibition made them aware how science and Quran are related. Panels were displayed on different subjects like Astronomy, Physics, Geography, Geology, Oceanology, Biology and Embryology. Dec 4, 2014

PM does not want to empower people, says Rahul Gandhi

Amethi, Dec 4 (ANI): Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday during his visit to Amethi district of Uttar Pradesh slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not giving power in the hands of people. Gandhi was speaking at an event organised in his constituency to commemorate the 10th foundation day of Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital, built and run by Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust. Gandhi said he does not agree with Modi_s thinking of concentrating power in the leader_s hand and instead believes in empowering people. Gandhi further said the Indira Gandhi Eye Hospital offered world class services at a fraction of the cost. He added the hospital had so far treated 200,000 people. Dec 4, 2014