Sonia Gandhi hosts farewell dinner for PM Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi hosted a farewell dinner in New Delhi on Wednesday for Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, as he prepared to leave office after presiding for a decade over the world's largest democracy. A momento, signed by all members of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and Union Ministers, was also presented to Dr Singh by Sonia. Several top party leaders, including P Chidambabaram, Sushilkumar Shinde, Salman Khurshid, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Ajay Maken, were present for the dinner at 10 Janpath in Delhi. However, absence of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's from the send-off dinner raised many political eyebrows. Congress leader Rajiv Shukla, who attended the thanksgiving dinner said that Singh was felicitated by Sonia Gandhi. May 15, 2014

Will consult opposition leaders over Mullaperiyar Dam row: Oommen Chandy

Thiruvananthapuram, May 15 (ANI): Kerala chief minister Oommen Chandy said that he would consult opposition leaders over the Mullaperiyar Dam row which has been a bone of contention between Tamil Nadu and Kerala, as he mulls over a review petition in the Supreme Court for solving the issue. On May 07, country’s top court gave the verdict which quashed the law passed by Kerala on Mullaperiyar dam in 2006. A bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha quashed the amendments to the Kerala Conservation and Irrigation Act brought in by the Kerala Government in 2006 to restrict the water level to 136 feet. Announcing to mediapersons that the issue would be discussed in the Assembly session, Chandy reiterated that consultations with opposition leaders would be carried out first. May 15, 2014

Kerry Discusses Peace, Unity Government with Palestinian Leader

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry held a two-hour discussion with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in London late on Wednesday in their first meeting since U.S. efforts to broker an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal collapsed last month. May 15, 2014

Boko Haram Rebels Kill Four Nigerian Soldiers in Ambush

Boko Haram rebels killed four Nigerian soldiers in a night ambush outside the northeastern city of Maiduguri and several insurgents also died in the firefight, according to a statement on Wednesday from Defence Headquarters. May 15, 2014

Sept. 11 Memorial Museum prepares for opening

More than a decade after the twin tower attacks in New York City, the National September 11 Memorial Museum will open its doors with a dedication from President Obama on Thursday, and an official opening for the public on May 21. Duration: 00:52 May 15, 2014

Kiev hosts 'unity' talks as Russia warns of civil war

Ukraine's embattled leaders vowed Wednesday they would not bow to "blackmail" by pro-Russian rebels waging an insurgency in the east as Kiev launched round-table talks under a Western-backed push to prevent the country falling apart. Duration: 00:53 May 15, 2014