Former militant Abdul Munaf in fray for Kashmir polls

Rajouri, Dec 19 (ANI): As Kashmir is holding polls to elect its legislature, a former militant, Abdul Munaf, is in the fray contesting as an independent candidate. Munaf is contesting polls from 82 Dharhal constituency, which comes under Rajouri district of the state. Munaf, who picked up the gun to revolt against the state, is a reformed man. He said he was dissatisfied with his life when he joined the militant ranks. He now wants to work for the welfare of the people. Locals say it is too early to predict political future of Munaf, adding his decision to contest polls has gone down well with them. Dec 19, 2014

Candle-lit vigil for victims of Pakistan school massacre

A candle-lit vigil was held in Islamabad after 148 people, including 132 children, were massacred by the Taliban at a school in Peshawar. Students at the vigil spoke of the need to defy the militants and return to school. Dec 19, 2014

EU leader wants 'tough, responsible' Russia strategy

As they arrived for an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, European leaders took a tough line on the troubles faced by the Russian economy, saying EU sanctions on Moscow were justified given its role in the Ukraine conflict. Dec 19, 2014

First Etihad superjumbo flight in December

The first flight of Etihad Airways' long-awaited Airbus A380 superjumbo will take place later in December, the Abu Dhabi carrier said Thursday, also announcing its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner route. Dec 19, 2014

Serbs cut ribbon on Chinese-built bridge over Danube

The Chinese and Serbian prime ministers inaugurated Thursday a brand new, multi-million-euro bridge over the Danube, described as the first major Chinese-built infrastructure project in Europe. Dec 19, 2014