Iraq at 2008 levels ahead of Maliki-Obama talks

Violence in Iraq is at its worst level since 2008. The new figures capture a months-long surge in unrest despite wide-ranging operations targeting insurgents and a major tightening of security in Baghdad and elsewhere. Duration: 00:49 Nov 1, 2013

Filipinos honour the dead on All Saints' Day

Millions across the Catholic Philippines trooped to cemeteries to honour their dead in typically festive fashion on All Saints' Day Friday, ignoring appeals from the Church to keep the day solemn. Duration: 00:50 Nov 1, 2013

French PM asks Russia for 'gesture' on Greenpeace

French PM Jean-Marc Ayrault on Friday asked his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev, to make a "humanitarian gesture" in favour of a French Greenpeace activist arrested in September. Duration: 01:00 Nov 1, 2013

Latest violence in C.African Rep. displaces hundreds

Almost 40 people were killed in weekend fighting between armed vigilantes and former rebels near Bouar in western Central African Republic, the army said Tuesday, issuing a new toll. Duration: 01:02 Nov 1, 2013

Anger grows as pro-Thaksin Thai MPs pass amnesty bill

Political tensions flared in Thailand on Friday after lawmakers approved a controversial amnesty that could allow fugitive former premier Thaksin Shinawatra to return, triggering fresh street protests in the capital. Duration: 00:48 Nov 1, 2013

Patna blast suspect escapes from NIAs custody, BJP targets centre and state govt

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Thursday targeted the centre as well as the Bihar government for their soft approach towards terrorists, after a terror suspect in the Patna serial blasts case escaped from the NIA’s custody on Thursday. The BJP said the matter should thoroughly be investigated as to find out whether it was a conspiracy by the state government or not. Oct 31, 2013

Naxals 'brainwashing' innocent farmers and spreading misinformation

Patna, Oct 31 (ANI): While the strength of Naxals has gone down considerably in recent times, they have intensified their campaign and are spreading misinformation against the government and security forces. Anand Shankar, former DGP of Bihar, believes that the Naxals brainwash innocent farmers and force them to join their ranks. Shankar added that teenagers are forcibly recruited by them and villagers are terrified about raising their voice against them. Shankar also said that there is an urgent need to formulate a well-planned strategy which makes use of latest technology to fight the Naxals. Naxalism has plagued the country for many decades. Naxals have consistently killed innocent people and security personnel. The Indian government has described Naxalism as the biggest internal security threat to the nation. Oct 31, 2013

Sardar Patel practiced Gandhian compassion for all Indians: Tharoor

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Sardar Patel's secularism was a secularism that was anchored in real genuine Gandhian compassion for all Indians of every religion, caste and background, said Minister of State for Human Resource and Development (HRD) Shashi Tharoor on Thursday. While reacting to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's remark that India needs Sardar Patel's secularism and not vote-bank secularism, Tharoor said Patel went to Amritsar and pleaded with angry and emotional Hindus and Sikhs not to attack refugees fleeing India to go to Pakistan, but to protect them, and in turn, welcome refugees coming from the other side. Oct 31, 2013

Extend 'Shaadi Bhagya Programme' to people of all communities: BSY

Bangalore, Oct 31 (ANI): The Karnataka Janata Paksha (KJP) party protested on Thursday to exert pressure on the Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to extend the flagship programme 'Shaadi Bhagya scheme' launched for poor Muslim brides, to all poor brides, irrespective of their religion or caste. Former Karnataka Chief Minister and KJP chief BS Yeddyurappa said that the programme should be extended to all the women who were below the poverty line. Oct 31, 2013