French experts: Air Algerie flight recordings are unusable

Recordings of crew conversations aboard Air Algerie flight AH5017 before it crashed in Mali are unusable for the moment, according to the French civilian aviation safety authority BEA, charged with investigating the crash. Duration: 00:57 Aug 8, 2014

Russia responds to Western sanctions with food ban

Russia retaliated against tough new Western sanctions on Thursday, banning most food imports from the United States and the European Union and threatening to block flights over its airspace. Duration: 01:47 Aug 7, 2014

Khmer Rouge leaders jailed for life

Two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, have been jailed after being found guilty of crimes against humanity. Many hope the trial can lead to reconciliation in Cambodia, that saw a quarter of its population killed. Duration: 02:26 Aug 7, 2014

Nirbhaya's parents demand stringent action against Mumbai-based fashion photographer

New Delhi, Aug 07 (ANI): Parents of the 2012 Delhi gang rape victim have demanded stringent action against a Mumbai-based photographer for mocking the plight of a rape victim in his photoshoot. The fashion shoot showing a woman being groped on a bus has triggered nationwide outrage as it reignited memories of the gruesome New Delhi gang rape of a physiotherapy student. However, the underfire photographer Raj Shetye has refused to speak on camera about the incident and maintained that the shoot was just a depiction of the situation of women in the country and not based on this specific rape incident. The 2012 incident sparked riots and led to public outrage across India, bringing thousands of people onto the streets in protest against authorities' failure to ensure women safety. Aug 7, 2014

FDI in railways and defence draws mixed reactions

New Delhi, Aug 07 (ANI): Expert and political leaders on Thursday said that central government's move to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways and defence sectors would not give private sector much control, adding it was not fit for citizens of the country. The cabinet approved a plan to raise the amount of FDI allowed in its defence and railways industries, part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts to attract more foreign cash and revive the economy. The government is to increase the foreign investment limit in the defence industry to 49 percent from 26 percent. Defence expert, Commodore (retired) Uday Bhaskar, said with 49 percent, bigger companies won't get much control. Meanwhile, BSP chief Mayawati, said the BJP should hold a discussion on the matter. Senior CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury, said the policy would only benefit investors. Aug 7, 2014

Health minister launches national tobacco control campaign

New Delhi, Aug 07 (ANI): Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan , held a news conference in New Delhi on Thursday (August 07) to emphasise the growing need to have effective tobacco control policies in the country. Vardhan was speaking at an event organized to launch a public service advertisement titled "Sunita" and "Resource Website" under the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP). He also honored tobacco caused cancer survivor Sunita Tomar and her family for their courage and contribution for tobacco control. He also mentioned that various cancer institutes would be set up across the nation to tackle the disease and save lives of the affected people.During the news conference, Vardhan emphasised on WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which has been extremely successful in reducing tobacco use and, thus, saving lives. Aug 7, 2014

At least 70 students hospitalized after gas leak from Kerala factory

Kollam, Aug 07 (ANI): At least 70 students have been hospitalized in Kollam district of Kerala as a result of a gas leak from a mining company, Kerala Minerals and Metals Limited (KMML). The students complained of nausea, dizziness and some even puked and were rushed to a private hospital in Karunagapally. About 16 students are in the intensive care unit. The leaked gas is believed to be Sulphur Dioxide. Similar leaks have been reported from the unit earlier in 2007 and 2011. More details are awaited. Aug 7, 2014

UPSC aspirants continue their protest demanding scrapping of CSAT exam

New Delhi/Allahabad, Aug 07 (ANI): Few civil services aspirants, who were demanding scrapping of the CSAT examination on Thursday, were stopped by police as they tried to crawl to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's residence. IandB Minister Prakash Javadekar had earlier accused the former UPA government for introducing the controversial format and added that Modi-led government would address the woes of students. In the wake of protests, the government announced that marks for questions in English comprehension of the examination should not be counted for merit. Meanwhile, protesters in Uttar Pradesh distributed roses to people to send a message to the government. Aug 7, 2014