Clashes rage as 100,000 Ukrainians rally over EU snub

Around 100 Ukrainian police officers were injured Sunday in violent pro-EU protests outside President Viktor Yanukovych's office in Kiev, a police official told AFP, as 100,000 people took to the streets. Dec 1, 2013

Conservationist urges action at Africa elephant summit

African ministers and experts meet from Monday in Botswana to find ways to curb a spike in the killing of elephants for ivory. Ali Kaka, from the International Union for Conservation of Nature, says action is urgently needed to prevent extinction. Dec 1, 2013

Thai police crack down on protesters in Bangkok

Thai police fired tear gas and water cannon Sunday at protesters trying to storm the government headquarters to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, after violence in the capital left four dead and dozens wounded. Dec 1, 2013

Thousands run in 28th International marathon in Pune

Pune, Dec 01 (ANI): The 28th International Marathon on Sunday witnessed a massive participation of around 25,000 runners, with Ethiopian Belachu Adly Abaneh taking away the top prize. The 42-kilometer marathon began from Alka Talkies square in Pune. The marathon also saw the participation of runners from 50 countries, mostly from the African continent. With a time of two hours and 17 minutes, Abaneh crossed the finished line and thanked the almighty for the win. Dec 1, 2013

India spreads message of prevention is better than cure on World AIDS Day

Amritsar/ Guwahati/ Puri, Dec 01 (ANI): People, including women and schoolchildren, did their bit to spread awareness on pandemic to mark World AIDS Day on Sunday. Hospitals, schools and artists across India organised rallies, walks and even created sand art to spread the message that prevention is better than cure. Medical Director of Fortis Hospital in Amritsar Dr. H.P. Singh spoke about how the disease can be fully prevented. Meanwhile, even schoolchildren in Amritsar took the forefront and held a skating rally. Principal of Millennium School, Mukesh Shilet emphasised on the importance of such awareness campaigns to demonstrate international solidarity against the pandemic. International sand artist, Sudarshan Pattnaik also spread the message through his art on the beach in Puri. Dec 1, 2013

Mother chains son for four years in West Bengal

South Dinajpur, Dec 01 (ANI): A mother had to chain his specially abled son for the last four years at a village in West Bengal to save the neighbours from his deadly attacks. Aroti Singh, mother of a specially abled, Tapash Singh, said that he used to thrash villagers without any reason. Parents couldn't afford better treatment for him because of monetary problem. Dec 1, 2013

People toast their glasses at first Wine Festival in Nagpur

Nagpur, Dec 01 (ANI): Organisers held the first Wine Festival in orange city Nagpur highlighting health benefits of the low alcoholic beverage. The two-day-long festival was organised by the 'Wine Lovers Club' and eight Indian brands promoted their drinks during the event. Wine festival was enjoyed by a large number of people smelling, shaking and tasting wine and watching bartenders juggling wine bottles. An organiser at the event, Sunil Mankikr, said that their main aim was to tell people that wine and liquor are two different beverages and drinking wine was a healthy option. Dec 1, 2013

Centre cannot interfere in Tehelka case: Shinde

Mumbai, Dec 01 (ANI): Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde said on Sunday that the Centre cannot interfere in the sexual assault case against Tehelka's former editor in chief Tarun Tejpal. Dec 1, 2013

Sonia Gandhi also responsible for coal scam: Advani

New Delhi, Dec 01 (ANI): Senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, on Sunday said that Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi was also responsible for coal scam. However, Advani added that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was primary responsible, as he was also the coal minister during the scam. Dec 1, 2013

International community expresses concern over Bangladesh political crisis

Dhaka, Dec 01 (ANI): There is no sign of any change in the political deadlock between the two warring political parties in Bangladesh even as the 71-hour long nation-wide strike by Khaleda Zia-led BNP and allies paralyzed business, education and health facilities across the country. Over a dozen people were killed in violence and over 250 injured in three days. Vehicles were set ablaze by supporters of BNP as they clashed with police. Dec 1, 2013

Shinde calls for protection of fishermen

Mumbai, Dec 01 (ANI): Union Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde said on Sunday that the country's coast guard had been briefed to maintain maritime security, whilst making sure that fishermen were not targeted. Addressing a media conference in Mumbai, Shinde said that concerned states have been given funds and equipments to modernise the coast guard, but the fishermen community should not be seen as an easy target. Dec 1, 2013