Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena meets PM Modi at Hyderabad House

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena met Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House on Monday. Both the leaders are likely to hold talks on all major issues such as devolution of power to the Tamil community and the sticky fishermen issue. Earlier in the day, Maithripala Sirisena met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi to boost ties. The two leaders discussed bilateral and regional issues. Sirisena arrived in India on Sunday, on his first state visit abroad, as a part of efforts to repair relations with New Delhi which soured under the previous government. He was given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan on his arrival. Sirisena will return on Wednesday. Feb 16, 2015

Shelling could mean ceasefire violations

Signs of continued fighting are evident in eastern Ukraine less than 24 hours after a ceasefire agreement was to have taken affect. Large holes, damaged buildings and shells could be seen in Popasna- Feb 16, 2015

ISIS releases video purporting to show beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya

Libya, Feb 16 (ANI):Islamic State released a video purporting to show the mass beheading of Coptic Christian hostages in Libya. Egypt's state news agency MENA quoted the spokesman for the Coptic Church as confirming that 21 Egyptian Christians believed to be held by Islamic State were dead. In the video, militants in black marched the captives, dressed in orange jump suits, to a beach that the group said was near Tripoli. They were forced down onto their knees, then beheaded. The video appeared on the Twitter feed of a website that supports Islamic State, which has seized parts of Iraq and Syria and has also beheaded Western hostages. A caption on the five-minute video read:"The people of the cross, followers of the hostile Egyptian church." Before the killings, one of the militants stood with a knife in his hand. Feb 16, 2015

Egypt vows response after IS beheading video

The latest video released by Islamic State militants purports to show the beheading of a group of Egyptian Christians kidnapped in Libya. The video, which Reuters cannot verify, shows militants Feb 16, 2015

Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State in Iraq

Iraq, Feb 16 (ANI): Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria, most of them to join Islamic State, but there are few who came to fight on the other side by joining a small Christian militia. The militia they have joined is called Dwekh Nawsha - meaning self sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language still spoken by Assyrian Christians, who consider themselves the indigenous people of Iraq. Dwekh Nawsha operates alongside Kurdish peshmerga forces to protect a cluster of Christian villages on the front line. Twenty-eight year old Brett is one of the volunteers who came from overseas, a US army veteran who recently returned to Iraq to fight Islamic State in what he sees as a wider war between good and evil. Brett is the only one of the foreign volunteers to have engaged in fighting so far. The others only recently arrived, and were turned back from the front line on Friday by Kurdish security services because they did not have necessary approval from the authorities. Feb 16, 2015

BJP has no role in Bihar political crisis: Venkaiah Naidu

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Union minister and BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that the BJP has no role in Bihar political crisis. Talking to mediapersons in New Delhi, he said that the situation arose over JD (U)'s internal squabbles. Feb 16, 2015

No end in sight to 'slow-burn' Bangladesh turmoil

Dhaka's main hospital is overflowing with victims of a lethal standoff, the latest casualties of the decades-long enmity between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia. Duration: 0:41 Feb 16, 2015

Bihar Crisis: No intention of dissolving the assembly or recommending President's rule: Manjhi

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Monday said that he had no intention of dissolving the legislative assembly or recommending President's rule in the state. He added that he has come to Delhi to meet the ministers in the central government and no to meet any BJP leader. Meanwhile, Manjhi was expelled by his party JD (U) after he refused to step down as CM to make way for Nitish Kumar. Feb 16, 2015

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena pays tribute at Rajghat

New Delhi, Feb 16 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday reached Raj Ghat and laid wreath at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Reportedly, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will call on him at his hotel, ITC Maurya, after which he is slated to hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Hyderabad House. Sirisena is also likely to meet President Pranab Mukherjee in the evening, which is to be followed by a presidential dinner in his honour at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. Earlier in the day, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena had arrived in India on his first state visit abroad, as a part of efforts to repair relations with New Delhi which soured under the previous government. Feb 16, 2015