Keeping the rare US whooping cranes alive

Jane Chandler raises the rarest cranes in the world. For them to have a chance at surviving in the wild, the young birds must never see her face, hear her speak, or know her to be a human being. Duration: 02:00 Nov 26, 2013

Thai political protests paralyse more ministries

Thai opposition protesters besiege several more ministries in Bangkok in a bid to topple the government, as Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra faces a no-confidence motion in parliament and warns against "mob rule". Duration: 00:35 Nov 26, 2013

Angelina Jolie buys 12 mln pound 'heart-shaped island' for Brad Pitt's 50th birthday

New Delhi, Nov 25 (ANI): Angelina Jolie is reportedly shelling out a whopping 12.2 million pounds to buy beau Brad Pitt a heart-shaped island for his 50th birthday. The 38-year-old actress was particularly excited after discovering the island's two homes were designed by Pitt's favourite architect Frank Lloyd Wright. A source said that as soon as the 'Girl, Interrupted' star heard the island was on the market, she arranged a viewing and was really impressed with it. Nov 25, 2013

India welcomes end of nuclear deadlock between Iran and US

New Delhi, Nov 25 (ANI): Union Trade Minister Anand Sharma on Monday welcomed the signing of the nuclear agreement between Iran, US and its allies, saying that it will bring peace and stability in the region. Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal early on Sunday to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in what could be the first sign of an emerging rapprochement between the Islamic state and the West. Sharma, while speaking to mediapersons in New Delhi, said that Iran was a long-term ally and predicted consistent and strong trade relations between the countries. Nov 25, 2013

Maoists make life miserable for children

Lohardaga/New Delhi, Nov 25 (ANI): These children in Jharkhand’s Lohardaga district have fled their villages to escape forcible recruitment by Maoists. The rebels recruit youngsters to use them as human shields and informers against the security forces. Pinki Kumar, who has faced Maoists’ threat, says they are scared to return to their village as they fear abduction by the rebels. Parents of these children shared their horrific experience. Children are the main victims of the Maoist-led guerilla war in states like Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh. A recent report by “Save the Children”, an NGO, has found that children and education are huge casualties in strife-torn regions. The report titled `Caught in Crossfire – Children and education in regions affected by civil strife’ was released on Children’s Day. Nov 25, 2013

Bangladesh elections in jeopardy, political battle between feuding parties heats up

Dhaka, Nov 25 (ANI): Bangladesh’s independence war veteran, Major General (retired) Syed Muhammad Ibrahim, highlighted the political conflict between the feuding parties, locked in decades of mutual trust, while ruled out the possibility of personal fight between the two. The stand-off between Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her arch rival and former premier Begum Khaleda Zia, is nothing new. Recently, Bangladesh's main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) refused a request from the prime minister to form an all-party government to oversee upcoming elections. While talking to a reporter in Dhaka, Ibrahim said that the leading parties represent two different ideologies and different parameters of success and failure. Commenting over the current political scenario, Ibrahim said that rivalry and anxiety among the various segments of people of Bangladesh can pose as a hindrance to the polls. Calling for an agreement, Ibrahim urged Hasina to hold a discussion with opposition with an aim to end the impasse. Nov 25, 2013

After Phailin and Helen, Andhra Pradesh braces itself for Cyclone Lehar

Hyderabad, Nov 25 (ANI): After being hit by cyclones Phailin and Helen, Andhra Pradesh braces itself to face Cyclone Lehar which will hit the coastal state on November 28, according to Met office. State Disaster Management Commissioner C Parthasarathy said that the cyclone taken in the category of severe cyclone. He said that the wind velocity will be around 170-180 km per hour and there will be heavy rainfall too. Parthasarathy also said that there will be a video conferencing with all the collectors of the state for preparation. And that the state is taking all assistance from NDMA and home ministry in New Delhi. Nov 25, 2013