Ukraine, Russia agree brief Crimea truce: Kiev

Ukraine's defence minister said Sunday his forces in Crimea had reached a temporary truce with Russia aimed at easing tensions surrounding the Black Sea peninsula's high-stakes secession referendum. Duration: 00:49 Mar 17, 2014

War, the latest visitor to Syria's fabled Palmyra

Syria's fabled desert Greco-Roman oasis of Palmyra saw its last tourist in September 2011, six months after the uprising began. Its most recent visitors are violence and looting. Duration: 01:42 Mar 16, 2014

Tatars boycott Crimea referendum on joining Russia

In Bakhchysaray - the main centre of Crimea's native Muslim Tatar community - many Tatars said they were boycotting the referendum and wanted to stay as part of Ukraine. Duration: 01:28 Mar 16, 2014

Ukrainians divided over Crimea referendum

As crimeans took to the polls on Sunday to vote on breaking away from Ukraine to join Russia, Ukranians in Kiev worried about the result of a referendum they consider illegal. Duration: 01:27 Mar 16, 2014

India pauses search for missing Malaysian Airliner

Port Blair, March 16 (ANI): India on Sunday has put on hold its search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at the request of the government in Kuala Lumpur, which wants to reassess the week-old hunt for the Boeing 777 that is suspected of being deliberately flown off course. India had been combing two areas - one around the Andaman and Nicobar Islands; and a second, further west, in the Bay of Bengal. Both operations have been suspended, but may yet resume, defence officials said. Military officials in Port Blair said that the search operation was not over, and they were still on standby and were awaiting instructions from Malaysia. Mar 16, 2014

Hunting MH370: A needle in a growing haystack

Scanning an endless white-speckled expanse of the blue Andaman Sea, the crew of a Malaysian air force plane fight turbulence, nausea and mental strain in a seeming "Mission Impossible": to find Flight 370. Duration: 00:54 Mar 16, 2014

Announcement will be made soon: Ashutosh on Kejriwal contesting from Varanasi

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): After the BJP announced Narendra Modi's candidature from Varanasi, the AAP is urging its convener Arvind Kejriwal to contest against him. However, Kejriwal on Sunday said that he has not yet decided on contesting against the BJP's PM nominee. Speaking on the same, AAP leader Ashutosh said, that very soon an announcement will be made. Mar 16, 2014

Women in Bhopal participate in car rally for safety and respect for women

Bhopal, March 16 (ANI): The Association of Convent Ex-students (ACES) organized a car rally in Bhopal for women for creating awareness about girl child education, safety and respect of woman in the country, on Sunday. Hundreds of women enthusiastically participated in the car rally in their decorated cars. It was notable that there were many ladies who have continuously participated in the event for the last 3 years. This is the sixth year the women's car rally is being held by the women's association. The goal behind the rally is to spread awareness about the importance of girl child education, safety and respect for women in India. Mar 16, 2014

Colourful bikes ride through Delhi roads raising awareness about Cancer

New Delhi, March 16 (ANI): Cricketer Gautam Gambhir flagged off a colourful bike and cycle rickshaw rally in New Delhi, in a bid to raise awareness about Cancer on Sunday. Environmentalist Sunita Narain was also present while flagging off Mega Cycling Carnival 2014. The participants along with kids who were either cancer patients or survivors turned their bikes in to the carnival float, donned their best of wardrobes, and joined the fun of whizzing down the track. Defining the significance of the event, Gambhir said that more people should participate in such events that address social causes with a tinge of fun. Mar 16, 2014

Japan focuses on attracting foreign tourists prior to Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo, Mar 16 (ANI): Ryogoku is a center of Tokyo's history and culture, and home to Sumo wrestling. Near the Sumo stadium is located Edo-Tokyo Museum, which has preserved the urban history of Tokyo. Established in 1993, the museum building is modeled after an old storehouse in Kurazukuri style. The main attractions in the museum include life size replicas, and scale models of towns and buildings over the past 400 years. Visitors can literally experience the history of Tokyo by actually touching, feeling and walking over the Nihonbashi Bridge of the Edo period. They can also visit Nakamuraza theatre, where the Japanese traditional "Kabuki" is performed. Mar 16, 2014

Lok Sabha Elections 2014: AAP Yet to Announce Candidate to Take on Modi

While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced, on 16 March, its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi to contest from Varanasi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal stated the party will decide a right candidate soon, to take on Modi in the Indian spiritual city. Mar 16, 2014

SAD backs Jaitley's nomination from Amritsar

Amritsar, March 16 (ANI): Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader and a cabinet minister in the Punjab government, Bikram Singh Majithia on Sunday welcomed Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) move to nominate Arun Jaitley from Amritsar constituency. The Punjab revenue minister also rubbished claims that SAD had influenced BJP's decision in changing its candidate. Mar 16, 2014