Irom Sharmila faced death threats for relationship with foreigner

Imphal, Nov 08 (ANI): Just three days after the iron lady of Manipur, Irom Sharmila's fast-unto-death entered its 14th year, the 41-year-old has hit out at people within her own organisation, the Just Peace Foundation, saying they threatened her with 'honour' killing over her relationship with a foreigner. Sharmila, on Thursday accused those close to her of sending her death threats and "acting like the Taliban" over her love for Desmond Cutinho, a social worker and journalist of British origin. Sharmila's relationship with Cutinho has been for at least three years. Nov 8, 2013

Bangladesh opposition calls for dialogue over poll-time govt

Dhaka, Nov 08 (ANI): Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia said that a dialogue over demand of election-time government could not be held because of government's reluctance to engage in talks with the opposition. Addressing her supporters through video-conferencing on Thursday, Zia said that she hoped that the government rolls back its decision on forming an all-party election time government. She also appealed to her party activists and supporters for intensifying the anti-government movement. Nov 8, 2013

Kerry heads to Geneva for Iran nucelar talks

Washington's top diplomat John Kerry took off for Geneva to join nuclear talks with Iran as Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu lashed out at the world powers' cautious rapprochement with Tehran. Duration: 01:05 Nov 8, 2013

Madagascar's presidential race goes to a run-off

Madagascar's presidential race will go to a run-off vote next month between two candidates linked to the island's main political rivals, after an inconclusive first round, official results showed Friday. Duration: 0:46 Nov 8, 2013

DR Congo town celebrates rebel defeat

The town of Kibumba in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday held an event to celebrate the victory of the country's armed forces over the M23 rebel movement. Duration: 00:59 Nov 8, 2013

Toronto mayor drunken rant caught on tape

Toronto's crack-smoking mayor faced embarrassment Thursday when video footage was published showing him in an agitated drunken state, staggering and making foul-mouthed threats. Duration: 00:40 Nov 8, 2013

Losing weight in Dubai is rewarded with gold

Dubai municipality has dished out 2.8 million dirhams ($762,942) worth of gold in prizes to contestants in a weight-loss challenge, an unusual initiative by the Gulf emirate to fight obesity. Duration: 00:39 Nov 8, 2013

New Facebook data centre in Swedish Lapland

Europe's first Facebook data centre in the northern city of Lulea in Swedish Lapland went live on June 12, 2013, run entirely on hydro power. Duration: 00:53 Nov 8, 2013

Muscovites willing to exercise given metro tickets

Muscovites can get their hands on free metro tickets in the run-up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but only if they perform thirty reps on a new exercise machine unveiled on Friday by the Russian Olympic Committee. Duration: 00:32 Nov 8, 2013

S and P downgrades France's credit rating

The Standard and Poor's agency on Friday downgraded France's credit rating by one notch to 'AA' from 'AA+', though judged outlook stable, dealing a further blow to President François Hollande's embattled Socialist government. Duration: 00:59 Nov 8, 2013