Nawaz Sharif, Nepal PM and Afghanistan President arrive in Delhi

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif landed in India's national capital to attend Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony scheduled to be held on Monday evening. Modi will take oath as the new prime minister of India in the presence of all SAARC nations. Sharif is accompanied by a 14 member delegation and is guarded by around 8-10 Pakistan elite commandos considering the high-level threat he faces. Before leaving from Lahore, Sharif said that he was "carrying a message of peace to India." Meanwhile, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai also arrived in Delhi to attend Modi's swearing in ceremony. May 26, 2014

Obama makes surprise Afghanistan visit

US President Barack Obama promises a decision on post-2014 troop numbers in Afghanistan "fairly shortly", after paying a surprise visit to soldiers fighting the last battles of America's longest war. Duration: 00:46 May 26, 2014

Sri Lankan President and Mauritius PM arrive in New Delhi for Modi's oath ceremony

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa on Monday arrived in India's capital New Delhi to attend Modi's swearing-in ceremony to be held in the evening. Rajapaksa arrived with a delegation comprising of Minister of External Affairs G.L. Peiris, Minster of Livestock and Rural Community Development, Arumugam Thondaman, Mayoress of Jaffna Yogeshwari Pathkunarajah, Monitoring Member of Parliament Sajin de Vass Gunawardena and Secretary to the President Lalith Weeratunga. There are reports that Rajapaksa will hold bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi after participating at the latter's swearing in ceremony. May 26, 2014

Modi's olive branch to Pakistan builds hope of bilateral trade ties

Amritsar, May 26 (ANI): Cross Border traders in Punjab hailed PM-designate Narendra Modi's olive branch to the nuclear-armed rival Pakistan in a bid to root out his anti-Muslim image ahead of his swearing- in ceremony scheduled on Monday. The traders of Pakistan and India have welcomed the gesture hoping for fruitful ties between the nations which could lead to a boost in bilateral trade. Modi had invited Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to attend his swearing-in ceremony which the Pakistani counterpart has accepted. A truck driver from Pakistan, Irshad, hailed Modi's gesture saying that the friendship would ensure better trade relations between both the nations. Another truck driver, Ibrar, also heaped praises on Modi saying that he would bring prosperity to both the nations. May 26, 2014

BJP leaders reach Gujarat Bhavan to meet Modi

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): BJP leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharaman, and Sushma Swaraj reached Gujarat Bhavan on Monday to meet Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi before his swearing-in as the 15th prime minister of India. The stage is set for swearing-in of Modi at a grand function in Rashtrapati Bhawan today at 6 p.m. For the first time in India's history, a clutch of South Asian leaders will be among the guests watching Modi's inauguration at the presidential palace in New Delhi - including the Prime Minister of arch-rival Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. President Pranab Mukherjee will be administering the oath of office and secrecy to Modi and his council of ministers. May 26, 2014

Modi pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat

New Delhi, May 26 (ANI): Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi paid floral tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at his memorial Rajghat early on Monday morning in New Delhi ahead of his swearing-in-eremony. Modi was accompanied to Rajghat by senior BJP leaders Harsh Vardhan and Prakash Javadekar, besides others. He is due to take oath as India's next PM at a glittering ceremony that will be as much a show of his determination to be a key player on the global stage as a celebration of his stunning election victory. For the first time in India's history, a clutch of South Asian leaders will be among the guests watching Modi's inauguration at the presidential palace in New Delhi - including the Prime Minister of arch-rival Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif. May 26, 2014

Angry Thai anti-coup protests despite junta warnings

Thai anti-coup protesters squared off against soldiers in Bangkok Sunday in a growing show of dissent despite warnings from the ruling junta to end rallies, after the army consolidated all law-making authority (Duration 01:07) May 26, 2014

Belgium heads to polls in European elections

Belgium premier Elio Di Rupo cast his vote in EU elections Sunday as Belgian police hunted down a gunman who shot dead three people on Saturday in an attack on the Brussels Jewish Museum. Duration: 01:32 May 25, 2014