Poll Drubbing Leaves Gandhi Dynasty Fighting for Future

The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty, the towering force of Indian politics for the best part of a century, faces a fight for its very survival after an election drubbing at the hands of opposition leader Narendra Modi. May 17, 2014

Five Challenges for Modi's New Government

A landslide election victory for Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has created euphoria in India's financial markets, driving shares to life-time highs and the rupee to its strongest level against the dollar in 11 months. May 17, 2014

US marks 60 years of desegregation of public schools

US Attorney General Eric Holder commemorated on Friday the 60th anniversary of the desegregation of US public schools by calling for more action to put an end to the "still too persistent inequalities". Duration: 00:54 May 17, 2014

Kentucky residents sue distilleries over 'whiskey fungus'

Bourbon is key to Kentucky's identity, but some in the state are taking the big distilleries to court. Plaintiffs claim the whiskey makers emit fumes that cause an unsightly black fungus to grow on their homes and vehicles. Duration: 02:24 May 17, 2014

It happens: Mango Festival

Kozhikode, May 16 (ANI): Exotic varieties of mangoes tickled the taste buds of fruit lovers in Kozhikode city in Kerala state. The 21st edition of the mango festival, which began on May 08, has been organised by Calicut Agri- Horticultural Society and will conclude on May 18. Various varieties of mangoes were put on display including Alphonso, Kudadath, Banganampalli Malgova and the native Chakkarakkutty. Rare and indigenous varieties such as Chandrakkaran, Perakka Manga, Ammini and hybrid varieties like H4, Mallina, H44 and H151 also delighted the visitors. Meanwhile, there was also a mango eating competition which enthralled the audience. The participants were required to eat as many mangoes as possible. Jose Thomas emerged victorious who was rewarded with a cash prize and variety of mangoes to take home. A total of 35 participants tested their appetites with the crowds cheering and lauding for them.Mango, popularly known as king of fruits, is grown in different parts of the country. May 17, 2014

It happens: Buddha Purnima

Shimla/Kushinagar/New Delhi, May 16 (ANI): Devotees thronged monasteries and shrines across India on May 14, to participate in prayer rituals, religious processions and dance performances to commemorate the birth of Lord Buddha. Buddha's birth anniversary, or Vesak Day, is celebrated on various dates in the Spring season throughout the world. It is usually observed during the first full moon in May. Participating in the festivities in the northern hill town of Shimla, devotees gathered early in the morning at the monastery to offer their prayers after which they were treated to Traditional Tibetan and tribal Himachali dances. Hundreds of Tibetan monks, Indian Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Christians and devotees from various other religions gathered to participate.In northern Kushinagar, members of the Buddhist community organised a religious procession with enchanting decorated idols of Lord Buddha being carried on vehicles and chariots amid enthusiastic supporters.Meanwhile in the national capital too, devotees gathered in huge numbers to offer prayers and monks propagated the message of peace and harmony. Across India, the Buddhists shrines echoed with religious hymns sung by devotees and the fragrance of the burning incense wafted far to create an aura of serenity and solemnity May 17, 2014

Modi eyes 'India's century' after landslide victory

Triumphant Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi promised to fulfil the dreams of 1.2 billion Indians as he propelled his party to a stunning electoral triumph Friday with the biggest winning margin for 30 years. May 17, 2014

Turkish mine engineer: risks were not properly assessed

The operator of a Turkish mine where an explosion has claimed more than 280 lives said on Friday the disaster was not due to negligence on its part. But for Muzaffer Köse, a mine engineer, "the risks were not sufficiently assessed." Duration: 00:48 May 16, 2014

Syria: government returns to ruined Homs

The writing is on the walls of Homs, telling the story of the siege of this central Syrian city once dubbed the "capital of the revolution" against President Bashar al-Assad. Duration: 01:03 May 16, 2014

UN warns of human rights abuses in Ukraine

The United Nations warned Friday of an "alarming deterioration" of human rights in eastern Ukraine, where an armed insurgency by pro-Russian separatists is threatening a presidential election just over a week away. Duration: 01:10 May 16, 2014

Meeting between Netanyahu and Cuck Hagel

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel said to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America do every they must to insure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. Duration: 00:36 May 16, 2014