Israel closes Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa compound

Israel closed the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Thursday to all visitors following the shooting of a Jewish hardliner. The compound houses Islam's third holiest site, but is also the most sacred spot for Jews. Duration: 01:19 Oct 31, 2014

Ugandan tech startup caters to local markets

Ugandan-based tech startup Kola Studios built a hit with their latest app Matatu - a play off a popular card game that has over 60,000 downloads. Their success is the latest sign of the region’s high-tech hopes. Duration: 02:26 Oct 31, 2014

French far-right magazine editor fined for 'monkey' jibe

A court has charged the editor of a French far-right newspaper Jean-Marie Molitor a 10,000 euro fine after he featured a cover calling Justice Minister Christiane Taubira 'crafty as a monkey.' Duration: 00:55 Oct 30, 2014

Tough weather hits Kobane refugees in Turkish camp

Hundreds of refugees that fled the fighting with the Islamic State in the Syrian town of Kobane were struggling on Thursday with little shelter as heavy rains arrived at the Rojava refugee camp in Turkey. Duration: 00:53 Oct 30, 2014

Pakistan's coastal belt prepares for cyclone Nilofar

Karachi, Oct 30 (ANI): Administration in Pakistan's southern port city Karachi on Thursday continued to make necessary arrangements to cope with cyclone Nilofar in the Arabian sea, which is expected to bring widespread rains accompanied by strong gusty winds late on Thursday and Friday. While several meteorologists are certain that the cyclone will not hit Pakistan directly, they believe that some parts of Balochistan and lower Sindh will be in the periphery of the tropical storm. The coastal belt of Sindh has been closed till November 02 and any gatherings on beaches have been barred as a precautionary measure on the coastal belt of Karachi, Thatta, Sajawal and Badin. Pakistan's National Disaster Management Authority has told officials to prepare to evacuate villages along the coast and close beachside restaurants. But many villagers refuse to leave their homes. Oct 30, 2014

Bangladesh observes 24-hour shutdown in protest of death sentence to Jamaat-e-Islami Chief

Dhaka, Oct 30 (ANI): Dhaka observed a 24-hour general strike on Thursday protesting against the death sentence awarded to the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party chief, Motiur Rahman Nizami, by the Bangladesh war crimes tribunal, as supporters of Jamaat said the government had used the tribunal to weaken its political opponents. However, supporters of Bangladesh's ruling Awami league said they will not allow the call for shut down to be successful. Students of Dhaka University staged a protest and shouted slogans against Jamaat-e-Islami and said Nizami must pay for the war crimes committed by him. Bangladesh's war crimes tribunal sentenced the chief of the Islamist Jamaat-e-Islami party to death on Wednesday for crimes against humanity, including genocide, torture and rape, during the 1971 war of independence from Pakistan. Oct 30, 2014