French priest returns home after kidnap ordeal

French President Francois Hollande praises the "courage" of a Roman Catholic priest held hostage for seven weeks by Islamic militants in Cameroon as the cleric arrives home to a joyous welcome. Duration: 00:55 Jan 1, 2014

Putin denounces 'abomination' of Volgograd attacks

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called Russia's deadliest bombings in three years an "abomination" as he inspected the site of twin suicide strikes that killed 34 and raised alarm over security at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Duration: 00:30 Jan 1, 2014

N. Korea's Kim Jong-Un delivers New Year address

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hails the recent execution of his powerful uncle Jang Song-Thaek, saying the removal of "scum elements" has helped cement unity among his people. Duration: 00:37 Jan 1, 2014

India cancels AgustaWestland deal; defence expert says it was predictable

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): India on Wednesday cancelled its Rs 3,600 crore deal with Anglo-Italian firm AgustaWestland for supply of 12 VVIP choppers to the Air Force in view of charges that kickbacks to the tune of Rs 360 crore were paid in it. Speaking on the same, Defence Expert, Uday Bhaskar on Wednesday said that with the kind of investigation that has been carried out, it was almost predictable that it will be cancelled. He further said that the government must take a quick action on procedural transgression. Jan 1, 2014

Cong MP Sanjay Nirupam: Cut Mumbai power rates like AAP has

Mumbai, Jan 01 (ANI): Taking a chapter out of Delhi government's notebook regarding 50 per cent cut in power tariff, AICC secretary and MP Sanjay Nirupam on Wednesday demanded that Maharashtra government also reduce tariff for power consumption of less than 500 units per month in the city. Jan 1, 2014

BJPs Anurag Thakur meets CEC, seeks action against Virbhadra Singh

New Delhi, Jan 01 (ANI): Stepped up attack on Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on corruption charges BJP MP Anurag Thakur on Wednesday met Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath and handed over a memorandum demanding action against Singh and his MP wife Pratibha Singh. Jan 1, 2014

Brinda Karat condemns Madhyamgram gang rape case

New Delhi, Jan 1 (ANI): CPI (M) Leader, Brinda Karat on Wednesday condemned the Madhyamgram gang rape case saying that it seems the government is for the security of the goons and not for the people. She further condemned the government saying that if the government had taken any proper measure, the girl would not have died. She also slammed the Kolkata Police for their refusal to hand over the body of the victim to her father for cremation. Jan 1, 2014