Hamid Karzai visits India, seek military support before NATO pullout from Afghanistan

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, arrived in India’s capital New Delhi on a four-day official visit, during which he is expected to seek the nation’s nod for greater military and civil support after the withdrawal of the NATO forces from his country. Karzai was received by MoS for Home Affairs, RPN Singh, and other protocol officials at the airport. Afghanistan is pressing India to supply military helicopters, tanks and artillery as it tries to shore up security through regional alliances before the withdrawal of most NATO-led foreign troops by the end of 2014. Dec 13, 2013

Pakistans Punjab CM urges India to resolve outstanding issues

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Pakistan’s Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif urged India to resolve outstanding issues such as Sir Creek, Kashmir, Siachen and Water. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s brother, Shahbaz Sharif who is in New Delhi, asked his nuclear-armed neighbours to be partners in progress and prosperity and to shun animosity. He said that the Pakistani Prime Minister wanted to promote peace, trade and employment between the two countries. Dec 13, 2013

Cant form govt with plus-minus majority, will sit in opposition: Harsh Vardhan

New Delhi, Dec 13 (ANI): Putting a full stop to the speculations on whether BJP will form the government in Delhi, the party’s CM Candidate Harsh Vardhan said that the party cannot form the government with plus-minus majority and will better sit in opposition. He said this after he met Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday evening regarding the issue. Vardhan said that the President has asked to prove the majority within 7 days which is not possible and that is why BJP is not forming the government. Dec 13, 2013

Pakistan's 'ghost schools' threaten the next generation

Pakistan's 7,000 so-called 'ghost' schools are part of a growing education crisis in the country where over five million children do not attend primary school, according to the United Nations. Duration: 02:32 Dec 13, 2013

Catalonia sets November 9, 2014, for independence poll

Leaders in debt-laden Catalonia promised Thursday to hold a vote on November 9 on breaking away from Spain, but the national government branded their independence bid a "historic error" and vowed to block it. Duration: 0:41 Dec 13, 2013

Desperate Syrians continue to flood Jordan border

They fled air strikes and shelling, but many of Syria's three million refugees have found little comfort elsewhere, suffering in squalid camps and risking death to reach safety. Duration: 0:50 Dec 13, 2013

Kenya marks 50 years of freedom with challenges ahead

Kenyans marked half a century of independence from Britain on Thursday, celebrating progress of the regional economic powerhouse but also struggling to shake off a legacy of corruption, inequality and ethnic violence. Duration: 0:48 Dec 13, 2013

Winter storm pummels Mideast, blankets Jerusalem

A bruising winter storm brought severe weather to the Middle East Thursday. The weather sent temperatures plunging and brought heavy snow at higher elevations, including in Jerusalem, where schools were closed and conditions were expected to worsen. Dec 13, 2013

Thousands queue to bid farewell to Mandela

Up to 14,000 people viewed Nelson Mandela's body on the first day of his lying in state, the government said Thursday, announcing that shuttle services for the second day had reached capacity. Dec 13, 2013

Ethiopia's colossal human airlift from Saudi Arabia

When Ethiopia started repatriating its citizens living illegally in Saudi Arabia last month, 30,000 people were expected to return. Today, four times that amount have been repatriated -- with numbers still swelling daily. Dec 13, 2013