Militants and security personnel engage in gunbattle in Kashmir

Kulgam, Nov 14 (ANI): A gun battle broke out between militants and security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir late Thursday evening. Acting on a tip-off, security forces launched a search operation at Chounigam village in Kulgam district to nab militants hiding in a house. The militants opened fire upon the approaching soldiers, who retaliated triggering a gunfight. So far, there was no report of any casualty on either side. Militants have been frequently attacking security bases in Kashmir since the 1990s, when there was a full-blown insurgency against Indian rule in a region over which India and Pakistan fought two of their three wars. Nov 14, 2014

Stunted children pose a demographic risk to India: World Bank

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): Presenting a World Bank report on Nutrition at a Conference in New Delhi, Country Director in India, Onno Ruhl said that stunted children pose a demographic risk to the nation. Adequate feeding, health care and environmental health are three parameters which, if provided properly, can help bring down the number of stunted children. The problem, he said, exists not only among children from the poorest strata of society, but rich as well. Half of the children in India, he added, are unable to contribute their potential and hence, mother and child care is extremely important. Meanwhile, Senior Nutrition Specialist, World Bank, Ashi Kathuria said awareness among women can be a solution to the problem. Nov 14, 2014

French Navy Chief on six-day India visit to strengthen strategic ties

New Delhi, Nov 14 (ANI): The French Navy Chief Admiral Bernard Rogel arrived in India on a six-day visit during which he will tour naval facilities in Goa and Mumbai, besides seeing the Mazagon Dock which is building six Scorpene submarines with the help of a French firm. Admiral Bernard Rogel told mediapersons that he was happy to be in India, a strategic partner for years. The Admiral was received at the South Block lawns by Navy Chief Admiral RK Dhowan and accorded a ceremonial guard of honour. The first Scorpene submarine is expected to be launched in September 2015. Nov 14, 2014

Bangladesh tribunal sentences Khokon Razakar to death for 1971 war crimes

Dhaka, Nov 14 (ANI): The International Crimes Tribunal sentenced Zahid Hossain, better known as Khokon Razakar, to death in absentia for crimes during the 1971 Bangladesh liberation war. The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT), headed by Justice M Enayetur Rahim found him guilty of many charges such as genocide, murder, rape, loot and forcibly converting Hindus at Faridpur's Nagarkanda. He has awarded death for six charges and various prison terms. Defence Lawyer Abdus Sukur Khan said that they would appeal against the verdict in the higher court. Bangladesh's security agencies are clueless about where he is hiding but Bangladeshis living in Sweden said the man was living with his elder son and daughter there. This is the tribunal's third verdict for absconding individuals. Nov 14, 2014

ESA: Probe on comet after safe landing, sending data

Robot probe Philae bounced twice after its historic comet landing, probably ending up with one leg dangling in space, in the shadow of a cliff that could prevent it fully charging its battery, ground control said Thursday. Duration: 01:01 Nov 14, 2014

French police hunt for tiger on the loose near Paris

Police and firefighters were desperately hunting for a tiger on the loose near Paris Thursday after a local resident spotted the fearsome animal in a car park and sounded the alert, authorities said. Duration: 00:58 Nov 14, 2014

Newly elected McConnell 'hopes' Obama will 'work' with him

Mitch McConnell, unanimously elected chief of the Senate Republicans and the chamber's majority leader for the upcoming Congress, says he's 'very disturbed' about how US President Obama 'has proceeded in the wake of the election.' Duration: 01:04 Nov 14, 2014

First Ebola treatment trials to start in West Africa

Global aid agency Doctors Without Borders said on Thursday it would begin unprecedented trials on patients in west Africa to test Ebola drugs and the use of survivors' blood as therapy. Duration: 00:44 Nov 14, 2014

ICC hears ex-DRC VP Bemba "didn't control troops" in CAR

As Jean-Pierre Bemba's trial at the International Criminal Court nears its end, his defence team argued on Thursday that the Congolese vice-president was not in control of Congolese troops in the Central African Republic. Duration: 00:50 Nov 14, 2014

Romanian PM tipped to clinch presidential run-off

Romania's Prime Minister Victor Ponta looks set to clinch the presidency on Sunday in a run-off election in the corruption-plagued ex-communist state, despite fears that he may reverse key reforms. Duration: 2:45 Nov 13, 2014

US tries to calm tensions as fear grips Jerusalem

Rocked by weeks of deadly violence, Jerusalem is witnessing security measures not seen in years as residents try to maintain some semblance of normal life while awaiting the next attack. Duration: 00:53 Nov 13, 2014