India steps up security in border towns ahead of Republic Day

Amritsar, Jan 17 (ANI): Security has been tightened across India ahead of Republic Day's celebrations on January 26. Extra vigil is being mounted at border towns as Indian security agencies fear militant attacks from across the border ahead of US President Barack Obama's visit to the country. Obama will be the first US President to attend a Republic Day celebration. He is the only US President to visit the country twice while in office. India security officials have said around 200 militants are waiting to cross over from across the border. Jan 17, 2015

South Korea's outlaw tattoo artists

Tattoos have hit the mainstream in South Korea but the law is lagging behind, leaving the growing number of Korean tattoo artists vulnerable to prosecution on the whim of local authorities. Jan 17, 2015

100 feared dead after boat sinks in C. Africa

Nearly 100 people are feared dead in the Central African Republic after a boat caught fire and sank on a river in the strife-torn country, officials say. Duration: 00:42 Jan 17, 2015

US, UN warn Myanmar over growing religious tensions

A top American diplomat decries growing religious intolerance in Myanmar and warns the use of faith for political ends is "playing with fire" in a crunch election year for the former junta-run country. Duration: 00:59 Jan 17, 2015

Interfaith leaders gather in solidarity at a London mosque

The Muslim Council of Britain met with other religious leaders at a London mosque in show of solidarity against terrorism, with the general secretary of the umbrella organisation urging people to exercise 'freedom not to offend'. Duration: 00:54 Jan 17, 2015

Families reunited in Havana as US eases travel with Cuba

The United States eases travel and trade restrictions with Cuba, marking the first concrete steps towards restoring normal ties with the Cold War-era foe since announcing a historic rapprochement. Duration: 00:58 Jan 17, 2015

Muslims around the world rally against Charlie Hebdo

One person was shot and another injured in clashes between anti-Charlie Hebdo protesters and police outside the French consulate in Pakistan's Karachi, an AFP correspondent at the city's main hospital said. Jan 17, 2015

Vasundhara Raje emphasizes on trade and infrastructure development for a prosperous Rajasthan

Jaipur, Jan 16 (ANI): Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the CII Partnership Summit which was jointly organized by Government of India and Government of Rajasthan in Jaipur. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje addressed the delegates during the inaugural ceremony. In her address, Raje said that the competition should be in performance and in participation and the relationship between industry and governments now needs to be synergic, each complementing the other, for that alone is the way forward. She added that her vision for Rajasthan is a state with modern infrastructure, expanding opportunities for employment, social security and quality human resources. Jan 16, 2015

Various parts of nation witness protests against screening of 'MSG'

Gurgaon/ New Delhi, Jan 16 (ANI): Protests have erupted in several parts of Punjab and Haryana against the screening of the 'Messenger of God' featuring Dera Saccha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh in lead role. Members of INLD and various other organizations held protests in Gurgaon against the controversial film. The protesters carried flags and shouted slogans but were later detained by police. The district officials in Haryana and Punjab have been asked by respective state authorities to take necessary steps to maintain law and order in view of the alleged clearance to the movie. Protest also took place in the national capital by the workers and leaders of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD). Meanwhile, Spokesperson of the Dera alleged that the protests are being carried out by people having political interest and by those who are against peace and welfare of nation. Jan 16, 2015