World faces 'water-energy' crisis: UN

Surging populations and economies in the developing world will cause a double 'crunch' in demand for water and energy in the coming decades, the United Nations says in a report published on the eve of World Water Day. Duration: 01:22 Mar 22, 2014

Pope Francis to meet hundreds of mafia victims' relatives

One of Italy's leading anti-mafia associations, Libera, is holding a meeting on Friday with Pope Francis and hundreds of relatives of mafia victims. Its deputy head, Marcello Cozzi, explains the importance of the pope's support and the hope that the Catholic Church will play a greater role in fighting organised crime -- including cleaning up the scandal-hit Vatican bank. Mar 22, 2014

Malaysian authorities warn jet search a 'long haul'

Relatives of Chinese passengers on board flight MH370 vented their fury on Malaysian government officials Friday in their first meeting in Beijing, denouncing them for time-wasting almost two weeks after the aircraft vanished. Mar 22, 2014

National Front leader optimistic ahead of local polls

French far right party leader Marine Le Pen says she has high hopes for the National Front at the upcoming local elections during a campaign visit with the Henin-Beaumont candidate Steeve Briois. Duration: 01:03 Mar 22, 2014

Ethiopia progress on Grand Renaissance dam project

Ethiopia is making progress on the construction of its Grand Renaissance dam project on the Nile river. The Horn of Africa country began diverting the Blue Nile in May 2013 to build the 6,000 MW dam which will be Africa's largest when completed in 2017. Mar 22, 2014

Turkey blocks Twitter, PM threatens to 'wipe out' service

Twitter was blocked in Turkey late Thursday, just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "wipe out" the social network which, along with others, was highlighting corruption allegations against his inner circle. Mar 21, 2014

EU, Ukraine sign provisions of historic accord

Ukraine's interim prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk put his country firmly in the Western camp on Friday, signing the political provisions of a landmark association accord with EU leaders in Brussels in defiance of Russia. Mar 21, 2014

'Various evil forces' creating hurdles for Modi: Ramdev

New Delhi, March 21 (ANI): Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, an avid supporter of BJP's prime ministerial candidate said on Friday that Narendra Modi could provide a stable and honest government to the country, although "various evil forces" were creating hurdles for him. Ramdev said that Congress was attempting to taint Modi's image in the eyes of public, which was a suicidal attempt. Speaking to the mediapersons in New Delhi, Ramdev said that the Congress has indirectly paved way for Modi government by abandoning minimum decorum and criticizing him. Endorsing the week long Yoga camps across country in a bid to mobilize millions of votes for Modi ahead of the general elections, Ramdev said that the event would conclude on March 23 and would make few decisions on his campaign against black money and corruption. The Yoga week, which commenced on March 17, would conclude on March 23 at Ramlila ground in New Delhi. Mar 21, 2014

Politicos file their nominations to contest 2014 LS Polls

New Delhi/Kolkata /Chandigarh, March 21 (ANI): Political leaders filed their nomination papers on Friday to contest the upcoming 2014 general elections, as the world’s largest democracy goes to polls. BJP leader Harsh Vardhan filed nomination from Chandni Chowk constituency and will fight polls against Law Minister Kapil Sibal. Actress-turned-politician Kirron Kher from the BJP also filed her nominations and will contest from Chandigarh. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Gul Panag also filed her nomination papers in Chandigarh to contest in the Lok Sabha elections amidst cheer and fanfare. Mar 21, 2014

10 women drown as boat capsizes in Bisalpur dam

Tonk, Mar 21 (ANI): As many as 10 women on Friday drowned when the boat they were in capsized in Bisalpur Dam in Tonk district. Bodies of ten women, were fished out while six others, some of whom swam back to safety, were stated to be out of danger and sent back home. Mar 21, 2014

It happens: India Celebrates Colorful Holi Festival

New Delhi, March 21 (ANI): India's Holi festival, known as the Festival of Colors, unites people of all ages, religions and castes and marks the advent of spring. Revelers douse each other with colored powder and water, hand out sweets, and dance in the streets. The event also honors Hindu legends and Gods and devotees attend temple to present offerings and to pray. And even though its roots lie in Hindu beliefs, Holi is celebrated throughout the country by a wide range of communities. Mar 21, 2014