Bangladeshi Hindus protest against injustice on International Human Rights Day

Dhaka, Dec 11 (ANI): The minority Hindu community in Bangladesh staged a protest in Dhaka against violence and injustice inflicted on them during the general elections earlier this year on International Human Rights Day. Violence had gripped Bangladesh as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ruling Awami League had pressed ahead with vote on January 05. Violent clashes had erupted in Bangladesh in December 2013 and January this year as opposition supporters had protested against a January 5 general election, which they boycotted letting more than half of 300 parliament seats go uncontested, undermining the legitimacy of the election. Vice-president of a human rights organization, Global Human Rights Defence, Manik Chandra Sarker, said it was unfortunate that the Bangladesh parliament had not addressed the plight of Hindus in the country. Like across the globe, International Human Rights Day commemorating the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been being observed in Bangladesh also. Dec 11, 2014

Russia's Vladimir Putin arrives in India to deepen ties

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI):Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi to boost ties that would encompass issues from defence to nuclear power and even diamonds. Putin's India visit will prepare the way for two Siberian oil deals and chart a route for a first pipeline between the two countries.On Putin's arrival, Modi tweeted:"Delighted to welcome President Putin to India! Looking forward to a productive visit that will take India-Russia ties to newer heights". On Thursday Putin and Modi will hold delegation-level talks and also inaugurate World Diamond Conference.Though both Modi and Putin have met earlier but structured bilateral talks have not been held so far. It will be the first annual summit meeting between both of them. Dec 11, 2014

India's Blind World Cup winning team calls on PM Modi

New Delhi, Dec 11 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi met victorious Blind Cricket team, who won the fourth ODI Blind Cricket World Cup beating Pakistan in South Africa.The team got a rousing welcome after returning from South Africa in New Delhi. Modi congratulated the cricketers and said that they had also inspired many physically challenged people through their feat.The cricketers presented Modi with a special cricket ball signed by them. Meanwhile, Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot organized a felicitation ceremony for them in New Delhi. Sonowal said he was happy and wished them good luck. Dec 11, 2014

Monaco welcomes birth of royal twins

Prince Albert II of Monaco and his wife Charlene on Wednesday welcome their twin babies Gabriella and Jacques to the world, as cannons roared and church bells tolled in the tiny Mediterranean principality. Duration: 00:50 Dec 11, 2014

Zimbabwe's Mugabe appoints new VP after major purge

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday named hardliner Emmerson Mnangagwa as his vice president, putting the former justice minister in pole position to succeed the veteran leader. Duration: 00:49 Dec 11, 2014

Ex-president admits Poland hosted CIA 'black sites'

Poland's former president publicly acknowledged for the first time Wednesday that his country hosted a secret CIA prison where a US Senate report says torture was used against Al-Qaeda suspects. Duration: 00:32 Dec 11, 2014

Thousands gather for final rally in Hong Kong

Thousands of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters gather for what is likely to be the final mass rally at their main site ahead of an expected clearance by bailiffs and police on Thursday. Duration: 01:03 Dec 11, 2014

Brazil truth commission urges end to dictatorship amnesty

French government defends controversial reform package investigating the 1964-1985 military dictatorship urges an end to amnesty for torturers, and lists the number of those killed or disappeared during the regime at 434. Duration: 00:56 Dec 11, 2014

French government defends controversial reform package

The French government defends a controversial package of reforms to energise their country's crisis-hit economy, including a plan to expand Sunday trading for shops that has sparked outrage in some quarters. Duration: 00:55 Dec 11, 2014

World's most starred chef sets sights on fresh accolades

Retirement is out of the question for celebrated French chef Joel Robuchon. The most starred chef in the world has just opened a new restaurant with the objective of winning yet another three Michelin stars to add to his tally of 28. Duration: 01:09 Dec 11, 2014