Turkish PM Erdogan launches presidential bid.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared Tuesday he would stand in August's presidential election, paving the way to become the country's longest and most dominant serving leader since Ataturk. Duration: 00:52 Jul 2, 2014

European rights court upholds French burqa ban

The European Court of Human Rights upheld on Tuesday France_s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom. Duration: 01:29 Jul 2, 2014

Pistorius_s longtime manager testifies at the trial

On day 35 of the murder trial of South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius, the athlete_s longtime manager Pete Van Zyl described Pistorius as having a _heightened sense of awareness_ and being fearful of crime but rarely aggressive. Jul 2, 2014

Iranian deputy FM: not sending troops to Iraq

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian gives a press conference in Moscow after talks on the situation in Iraq where jihadists seized vast territories. Duration: 00:31 Jul 2, 2014

Ukrainians react after Kiev resumes attack on rebels

Kiev residents expressed their support Tuesday for the Ukrainian government_s ferocious assault against pro-Russian separatist insurgents after rejecting European attempts to save a tenuous 10-day truce. Duration: 00:34 Jul 2, 2014

Football-crazed Iraqis watch World Cup despite danger

"Football brings us together," says Raad, who visits the cafe every day with his friends to watch the matches. This year's World Cup comes during an unprecedented decline in security within Iraq. Duration: 00:56 Jul 1, 2014

South Africa workers strike over pay

Nearly a quarter of a million members of South Africa's largest union downed tools Tuesday in a dispute over pay, beginning an indefinite strike that threatens to bring the engineering sector to a halt. Duration: 00:49 Jul 1, 2014

BJP demands dismissal of SP government in UP over 'unlawful' police action

Lucknow, July 1 (ANI): The BJP on Tuesday staged a protest in Lucknow against the "unlawful and unwarranted" police action on its youth workers and demanded dismissal of the Samajwadi Party (SP) led government in Uttar Pradesh. BJP's District head, Manohar Singh said the party will submit a memorandum to the Governor of the state, Aziz Qureshi, seeking dismissal of the SP government. Earlier on Monday Police had fired water cannons and baton charged the youth workers of BJP, protesting against Samajwadi Party (SP) government over deteriorating law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh. The irate youth workers of BJP came out in droves to protest outside the state assembly in Lucknow and shouted anti-government slogans. Jul 1, 2014

BJP gets furious on reports of NSA spying on party, wants govt to take action

New Delhi, July 01 (ANI): BJP leaders on Tuesday furiously reacted on reports of NSA spying on party. Subramanian Swamy said that the Central government should take immediate action as the country's integrity is at stake. Meanwhile Rajiv Pratap Rudy stated that such an action is condemnable and the Ministry of External Affairs should take up the matter soon. Jul 1, 2014

Syed Akbaruddin on Iraq Crisis

New Delhi, July 1 (ANI): MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin on Tuesday said that the nurses from Kerala struck in Iraq's conflict zone remain safe and unharmed. However, he added that there has been bombing and firing in the vicinity. Akbaruddin also said that the Indian government is working in coordination with the Iraqi agencies to ensure safe evacuation of the Indian nationals struck in the violence hit country. Jul 1, 2014

Japan promotes its traditions through and food and beauty products

Tokyo, July 01 (ANI): All Nippon Airways (ANA) offers the real taste of Japan during in-flight means and at their service lounges. The airlines run a project called "Tastes of Japan by ANA" and offers food such as Lemosco, a traditional dish made of lemon from Japan's Hiroshima Prefecture. Not only food, ANA promotes Hiroshima's culture through in-flight TV programmes. For example, there is "Kumano Fude", a popular cosmetic brush manufactured in Kumano town. These cosmetic brushes are popular overseas and used regularly by Hollywood celebrities and models. Manufacturing of make-up brush is a 200-year-old tradition. Over the time, they brushed up their technique and marketed overseas. "Dentoukougeishi" is the master of traditional crafts. This cosmetics magazine published about 400 years ago has many secrets of making cosmetics. Jul 1, 2014