Political parties demand raise in expense limit for parliament polls

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): Most of India's political parties urged the Election Commission to raise the expenditure limit for the upcoming parliament polls in a meeting with the panel, said senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. The BJP argued that steep inflation had made the current slab of rupees 1.6 million to four million infeasible. However, Delhi's ruling Aam Aadmi Party said it was happy with the current limits. The Election Commission of India had called the meeting to take the opinions of the parties before it comes out with details of the Parliament polls due in April-May. Feb 5, 2014

Vinod Kumar Binny to withdraw support from Kejriwal govt

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): Expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny on Wednesday said that he is withdrawing his support from the AAP Government in Delhi. Attacking the AAP government, Binny said that the AAP Government doesn't want to pass the Lokpal Bill and it is merely playing politics over it. Feb 5, 2014

PM Manmohan Singh on parliament session

New Delhi, Feb 5 (ANI): As the second half of Parliament's Winter Session is beginning today, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that it is his sincere request to all sections of the house to work together to pass important bills. Feb 5, 2014

Colombian former President Uribe running for Senate

Alvaro Uribe, now 61, is running for Senate and it's the first time in Colombia's history that a former president goes back to politics. "No peace without security," he hammered home during an exclusive interview with AFP. Duration: 01:07 Feb 5, 2014

In Little Havana, Cuban-Americans increasingly divided

The US has given off signs of wanting to open up its relationship with Cuba, a move that has enraged Cuban exiles and veterans of the Bay of Pigs. Younger Cuban-Americans however say the change in tone is welcome. Duration: 02:48 Feb 5, 2014

Seven more killed in Iraq as security forces press on

Attacks in and around Baghdad killed seven people on Tuesday as Iraqi forces made steady progress against militants in conflict-hit Anbar province where the government lost key territory weeks ago. Duration: 00:34 Feb 5, 2014

Suicide blast kills at least eight in northwest Pakistan

Eight people were killed and 42 injured Tuesday when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a shiitte neighbourhood outside a Shiite-run charity hotel in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar, officials said. Duration: 00:49 Feb 5, 2014

IOC, Putin confident ahead of Sochi Games opening

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in the Sochi region ahead of Friday's opening Olympic Games ceremony in typically confident mood, declaring the 126th session of the International Olympic Committee session open. Duration: 01:14 Feb 5, 2014

Georgian PM says EU membership is only way forward

Despite events in Ukraine, Georgia's march towards the EU is "the only way forward" for the small ex-Soviet Caucasus state neighbouring Russia, Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili told AFP Tuesday. Duration: 00:34 Feb 5, 2014

Syrian army barrel bombs claim more lives in Aleppo

Syrian army helicopters dropped barrel bombs on main northern city Aleppo Tuesday, killing at least eight people as they pressed a bombing campaign launched in mid-December, a monitoring group said. Duration: 01:03 Feb 5, 2014

Erdogan urges more German support for EU bid

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Germany Tuesday to step up support for Turkey's European Union entry bid but acknowledged his country must also press on with reforms. Duration: 00:45 Feb 5, 2014

Syria opposition chief presses Russia on Assad

Syria's opposition leader met Russia's top diplomat on Tuesday in a bid to persuade Moscow to push its ally Damascus to agree to a transitional government for the war-scarred nation. Duration: 00:44 Feb 5, 2014