Syrian envoy to India confirms airstrikes in border areas with Iraq

New Delhi, June 28 (ANI): Syrian ambassador to India, Riyadh Abbas confirmed that Syria's warplanes conducted airstrikes in the border areas with Iraq which the ISIS controls. Abbas said it was their right to protect their sovereignty and defend its people from any impending threats from militants. Militants from the ISIL, along with other rebels, have abducted dozens of foreigners, including Indian nationals, as they swept through towns in the Tigris valley north of Baghdad in recent days. Jun 28, 2014

DU Complies with UGC After Days of Tussle

Delhi University has agreed to comply with the University Grants Commission's order to scrap four-year undergraduate programme. Admission is likely to begin from Saturday. Jun 28, 2014

Rural areas in Tripura reap peace dividend

Tripura, June 28 (ANI): Situated under the foothills of Baramura hills, Anandanagar village is mostly inhabited by tribals. Once a hotbed for militants, the village was least developed with no _pucca_ roads, education and health facilities. The things are no longer the same. With a decline in militant activities in recent years, the village has seen rapid development. The road infrastructure has also improved with the implementation of various government-run schemes. With support from various projects like Integrated Tribal Development Project under the Tribal Development Fund provided by NABARD or the Forest Right Act which has provided them with land, the villagers are growing various crops. Under the Centre_s _Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan_ scheme the school infrastructure has been upgraded and students get free mid-day meal, books and stationery. Jun 28, 2014

Juncker named to top EU job in bitter blow to Britain

Jean-Claude Juncker was named as the next president of the European Commission on Friday, dealing a bitter blow to David Cameron, who said it threatened to increase Britain_s chances of leaving the EU. Duration: 01:22 Jun 28, 2014

Iraq_s Barzani says Kurdish self-rule in Kirkuk to stay

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani said Friday there was no going back on autonomous Kurdish rule in oil city Kirkuk and other towns now defended against Sunni militants by Kurdish fighters. Duration: 00:35 Jun 28, 2014

Israeli air raid kills two Palestinians in Gaza

An Israeli air strike targeting a car in the Gaza Strip killed two Palestinians Friday, medics said, hours after a bomb exploded near troops manning Israel_s security fence. Duration: 00:40 Jun 28, 2014

Pessimism in Baghdad as Sunni offensive continues

Iraqis express skepticism concerning the latest political developments in their country, as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki conceded that political measures will also be needed to defeat the jihadist-led offensive. Duration: 01:07 Jun 28, 2014