Voter turnout increases as 6th phase of polls come to an end

New Delhi/ Maldah/ Madurai/ Agra, April 25 (ANI): As India passed its second biggest day of polling with people of 117 constituencies on 11 states and one Union Territory cast their ballots, the national aggregate of turnout increased marginally. The EC said there was improvement in the turnout when compared to figures of 2009. In Bihar, where voting was conducted on seven seats with 108 candidates in fray, voter turnout was recorded at 60 percent as compared to 52.7 percent in 2009 general elections. In Jharkhand, polling was done in four seats with 72 candidates contesting the elections. The voter turnout was recorded at 63 percent as compared to 53 percent in 2009 elections. In Assam and West Bengal, polling was conducted in six seats, each. Apr 25, 2014

'Tsunami wave' in India will washout Congress: Narendra Modi

Saharsa, April 25 (ANI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that his popularity across the country is now turning into a wave similar to Tsunami, which will affect the ruling Congress party. Modi was speaking at an election rally in Saharsa district of Bihar. Women and young voters came out in large numbers and voted for seven parliamentary seats in Bihar on Thursday, as the nation's second biggest polling day came to an end. Modi also emphasised on carrying forward the vision of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Apr 25, 2014

Landmine blast kills five in Jharkhand

Dumka, April 25 (ANI): Five people were killed and five wounded in a landmine blast triggered by Maoists in Jharkhand. The blast occurred in Shikaripara region when a bus was carrying polling officials, who were on election duty in Maoist-affected Dumka district of Jharkhand. The injured have been shifted to a nearby hospital. The polling officials, including security personnel, finished electoral process around 3 pm on Thursday as they knew it was dangerous to stay back till late. Voting took place for four seats in Jharkhand. Maoists, also known as Naxals, have killed police and politicians, and targeted government buildings and railway tracks in an insurgency that has killed thousands since the 1960s. Apr 25, 2014

Khodorkovsky calls for Russian-Ukrainian dialogue

Former Russian oil tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, freed after a decade in prison in Russia, on Thursday opened a forum dedicated to Russian-Ukrainian dialogue. Duration: 01:03 Apr 25, 2014

Putin warns Kiev against using force in east Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that the deployment of military forces in east Ukraine by the Kiev authorities was a crime against its own people that will "have consequences." Duration: 00:42 Apr 25, 2014

Ukraine army launches armoured assault on Slavyansk

Ukraine's military launched assaults with armoured vehicles and a helicopter Thursday to retake rebel-held eastern towns, including Slavyansk, in which up to five people were reported killed, a move Russian President Vladimir Putin warned would have "consequences". Apr 25, 2014

Nairobi police tow away car after overnight bombing

Police officers in Nairobi on Thursday confiscated a car believed to have been used to carry bombs in the city's Pangani area, less than a kilometre from the police station where a car bomb exploded on Wednesday killing four people. Duration: 00:44 Apr 25, 2014

Emotional, violent protests a year after Bangladesh disaster

Thousands of Bangladeshis held emotional and violent protests on the one-year anniversary of the world's worst garment factory disaster, as Western retailers face pressure to hike aid for victims of the accident that cost 1,138 lives. Duration: 00:57 Apr 25, 2014

'Laughter yoga' in Lebanon helps Syrian refugees

The Lebanese physiotherapy consultant and instructor, Liliane Akiki, is the first "laughter therapist" in Lebanon and the Middle East. She launched the concept in Lebanon as a remedy for a wide-range of symptoms. Duration: 00:55 Apr 25, 2014

Obama backs Japan in China island row

US President Barack Obama vows to defend Japan if China attacks over a tense territorial dispute, but also urges Beijing to help stop North Korea from forging ahead with its "dangerous" nuclear programme. Duration: 01:19 Apr 24, 2014

Mourners flock to funeral of Myanmar pro-democracy hero

Thousands of mourners Wednesday attended the funeral of Win Tin, a giant of Myanmar's pro-democracy movement, in an outpouring of grief for one of the country's best loved champions of freedom. Duration: 00:39 Apr 24, 2014