Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Sri Lanka goes to the polls in its tightest election in decades, with its strongman president battling for survival after accusations of corruption and a failure to bring about national reconciliation. Duration: 00:37 Jan 8, 2015

Devotees throng ghost fair to be exorcised of evil spirits

Betul, Jan 08 (ANI): Thousands of devotees thronged a village in Madhya Pradesh for annual ghost fair. People from various states flocked Malajpur village, 300 kilometres from Bhopal city, to free themselves from evil spirits. The month-long fair begins on the tenth month according to the Hindu calendar. People, apparently, possessed by evil spirits are taken to Guru Deoji Maharaj temple where the priests and sorcerers perform various rituals. During the fair, devotees who are believed to be possessed by evil spirits dance in a state of trance. It is said that besides obviation from evil spirits, the devout visitors believe that all their wishes come true after praying at the temple. Jan 8, 2015

Women police squads deployed in Srinagar to check crimes against women

Srinagar, Jan 08 (ANI): Police in Jammu and Kashmir have begun deploying women police squads at sensitive and crowded areas in Srinagar to check increasing crimes against women. The move comes in the wake of recent acid attack on a 21-year-old law student by three car-borne assailants outside her college in Srinagar's Nowshera locality in December. A member of the women police squad, Ruksana, said the incident forced the authorities to take this step. Applauding the move, students said they felt much safer now. Jan 8, 2015

Charlie Hebdo: police launch operation in Reims

A raid by France's elite anti-terrorist unit is launched in the northeastern city of Reims as part of the hunt for the gunmen who attacked the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo. Duration: 00:51 Jan 8, 2015

Monaco residents rejoice as royal babies shown in public

Residents of the tiny principality of Monaco on Thursday flocked to the royal palace to congratulate Prince Albert II and his wife Charlene on the birth of crown prince Jacques and his twin sister Gabriella. Duration: 00:44 Jan 8, 2015

UN: Effectiveness of Ebola Fight in Liberia 'mixed'

Newly appointed Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and head of UN Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said he has 'mixed' impressions on effectiveness of the fight against Ebola in Liberia. Duration: 00:44 Jan 8, 2015

French attackers switched cars near the scene

The two men who attacked French weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 12, fled by car, which they abandoned a few streets on, before driving off in another stolen car. Duration: 01:16 Jan 8, 2015

Five years on, Haiti's earthquake amputees still struggling

Haiti's 2010 earthquake caused terrible damage, but while much of Port-au-Prince is being rebuilt, the scars of those who lost limbs in the disaster will never completely heal. Five years on, many amputees are still struggling. Duration: 02:32 Jan 8, 2015

World leaders react to deadly attack on French weekly

US President Barack Obama condemns the 'terrible' assault on a French satirical newspaper that left 12 dead, and expresses his 'deepest sympathies' to the people of Paris for what he calls a 'terrorist attack.' Duration: 01:13 Jan 8, 2015