South Africans in UK get to vote early in general election

South Africans living in London vote, a week before their country's May 7 general election, which comes 20 years after its first ever all-race, democratic election ended decades of racial oppression under the apartheid system. Duration: 00:58 May 1, 2014

UN aid chief in war-torn S.Sudan meets with rebel leader

The United Nations' aid chief in war-torn South Sudan Tuesday held talks with rebel leader Riek Machar before vowing to do everything possible to prevent the country from sliding into genocide. Duration: 00:45 May 1, 2014

Rebels lift siege of police HQ in Ukraine's Lugansk

Pro-Russian insurgents Wednesday lifted an armed siege of a regional police headquarters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Lugansk, after the chief officer agreed to resign. Duration: 00:59 Apr 30, 2014

Oklahoma delays execution after first is botched

An American murderer dies of a heart attack more than 40 minutes after his execution was halted due to a botched lethal injection, leading Oklahoma to postpone the execution of a second inmate. Duration: 00:32 Apr 30, 2014

Delhi HC adjourns hearing in Robert Vadra's land deal case

New Delhi, April 30 (ANI): Delhi High Court on Wednesday adjourned any further hearing in alleged illegal land deals of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law, Robert Vadra, till May 13, after completion of general elections, citing that any judgment might influence the voters. The order came after the petitioner, ML Sharma, who filed the public interest litigation (PIL) seeking investigation by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the various land deals made by Vadra, himself requested the court to adjourn the proceedings. Sharma said in the court that any judgment by court would tilt voters either towards Bharatiya Janata Party or towards Congress. Apr 30, 2014

Politicos in key battle grounds cast their ballot

Lucknow/ Hyderabad/ Amritsar/ Ludhiana, April 30 (ANI): Leaders in key battlegrounds of mammoth general election exercised their franchise on Wednesday in the crucial seventh phase as India is close to choosing its next Prime Minister. Chief of the Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (SGMC) Avtar Singh Makkar and supporter of the BJP cast his vote in Ludhiana. A total of 89 constituencies in seven states and two Union Territories went to polls in the seventh phase of general election. Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh governor BL Joshi cast his secret ballot in Lucknow amid heavy security. Apr 30, 2014

Transgenders demand inclusion in mainstream decision making

New Delhi, April 30 (ANI): After a long wait, India's long marginalised transgender community has finally been identified as the "third" gender or the "other category" but transgenders say mere recognition is not enough and a lot more needs to be done to improve their lot in the society. After years of neglect and living life as social outcasts, transgenders were given the status of the third gender by the Supreme Court and even Election Commission included them in the "other" category in voter identity cards, something that did not exist until the last elections in 2009. Activists lauded the landmark judgement but stressed on being treated on par with men and women and sought total inclusion for having a say in decision making. Apr 30, 2014

Anand Sharma dubs Modi as 'bragger' making fake claims

Dehradun, April 30 (ANI): Trade Minister Anand Sharma dubbed BJP's PM candidate Narendra Modi as 'bragger' while accusing him of making fake claims. While speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Dehradun, Sharma said that Modi was a liar. Meanwhile, referring to Yoga Guru Ramdev, Sharma said that he was BJP's very own fake clergy. Elections in India's sprawling democracy are spread over five weeks in nine separate phases which will end on May 12. Results would be announced on May 16. Apr 30, 2014