British FM tells Syria: More aid will go to opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria's moderate opposition, while the US said "raw data" suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict. Duration: 00:52 May 16, 2014

Wildfires in California force evacuation of thousands

Thousands of people fled raging wildfires in roasting southern California on Wednesday as flames destroyed homes and triggered evacuations at a nuclear power plant, a military base and an amusement park. Duration: 00:48 May 16, 2014

Demonstration in Ramallah for the 66th anniversary of the Nakba

Palestinians gathered in Ramallah to commemorate the 66th anniversary of the "Nakba", meaning "catastrophe", in reference to the birth of the state of Israel which led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians. Duration: 01:02 May 16, 2014

Protesters call for net neutrality ahead of key US vote

Protesters gathered outside the Federal Communications Commission in Washington on Thursday ahead of a vote which could pave the way for a two-speed internet, allowing providers to speed-up the delivery of paid content. Duration: 00:46 May 16, 2014

Obama hails 'true spirit of 9/11' at new museum

US President Barack Obama Thursday hailed the love and sacrifice he said was "the true spirit of 9/11" as he inaugurated a searing Ground Zero museum about Al-Qaeda attacks which killed nearly 3,000 people. May 15, 2014

Women leaders from SAARC countries come together in Kathmandu

Kathmandu, May 15 (ANI): Nepal recently hosted a "Conference on democracy and inclusive good governance for gender equality and sustainable development in South Asia" in capital Kathmandu. The programme opened with the SAARC anthem, a song penned by Kathmandu-based Indian diplomat Abhay Kumar. Nepal's education minister Chitralekha Yadav inaugurated the 3-day long event organized jointly by the South Asia Women's Network (SWAN), Stri Shakti and the Nepal based NGO, SEARCH. Women leaders from the 8 SAARC countries took part in the conference and discussed various issues concerning women and the problem of gender discrimination. May 15, 2014

Shutdown in Kashmir against arrest and death of youths hits normal life

Srinagar, May 15 (ANI): Separatist leader and Chairman of hard-line Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, called for a shutdown in Srinagar on Thursday as a mark of protest against the arrest and death of youths who were allegedly involved in violence. The city wore a deserted look as shops and other business establishments remained closed. An irate resident, Safiz Ahmed, said the commuters had to face the brunt of the strike as many vehicles remained off the roads. Security personnel were deployed in large numbers to avert any untoward incident. The restive region has witnessed numerous militant attacks, insurgency, and infiltration attempts from across the border in the last two decades. May 15, 2014

Sajjive Balakrishnan drew caricatures of Cancer patients bringing therapeutic effect

Kochi, May 15 (ANI): Renowned Indian caricaturist Sajjive Balakrishnan drew sketches of cancer patients at a government hospital in Kochi city of Kerala in an attempt to bring happiness to their lives and make them forget the pain for a while. Fascinated patients watched Balakrishnan sketch and were overjoyed to spend a day with him as he made their one-minute sketches with unparalleled artistry and finesse. The artist also interacted with the patients and staff at the hospital. Balakrishnan was in the hospital as part of its Arts and Medicine project. May 15, 2014

BJP and DMK reject possibility of alliance

New Delhi/ Chennai, May 15 (ANI): The BJP and the DMK both rejected the possibility of alliance for government formation on Thursday. While the BJP said they do not need the DMK's support, the regional party confirmed that they would support a secular party. May 15, 2014

Women's National Football championship in Assam brings together players from across the country

Assam, May 15 (ANI): The game of football is extremely popular in the Northeast. The ongoing 20th Senior Women's National Football Championship in Assam is witnessing a large turnout of people keen to watch the games. The national sporting event, being organized for the 1st time by the Dibrugarh and Golaghat District sports associations, was inaugurated recently at the Dibrugarh outdoor stadium. During the inaugural ceremony, artists presented various cultural performances, including Bihu dance. A total of 22 teams from 21 states and the Railways have been divided into 4 groups. The matches will be played at Golaghat, Dergaon, Chabua and Dibrugarh. The championship commenced with the inaugural match between West Bengal and Delhi. May 15, 2014

BJP prepares for win in General Elections

Gujarat, May 15 (ANI): Confident of a win with clear majority, BJP gears up to celebrate its victory in the country's mammoth general elections on Thursday, a day before the poll results. With a few more hours remaining for the fate of the world's largest democracy to be decided, BJP in Gujarat has already started preparing for the post-win celebrations and interactions. The confidence comes from the exit polls, conducted after the poll exercise ended on May 12, which showed the BJP and its allies would touch half-way mark in the 543-member Lok Sabha of the Parliament. Meanwhile, BJP members in Rajkot also prepared for the celebrations to be held tomorrow. They plan to lighten the city with bursting crackers as soon as the results are declared, apart from setting up a large screen where results will be telecasted. May 15, 2014

Anand Sharma bids adieu to Commerce Ministry

New Delhi, May 15 (ANI): Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday bid adieu to the ministry during a farewell with the staff of the ministry. Sharma said that the UPA government had worked tremendously for the development and trade industry of the nation and that he hoped that the works continue during the next government too. Further, in a farewell letter to USTR and IMF, he thanked them for their support to India's commerce. May 15, 2014

Amul plant to open in Varanasi soon

Gujarat, May 15 (ANI): India's leading milk and dairy products supplier Amul is soon extending its plant installation from Gujarat to Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. The Chairman Parthi Bhatol said that the UP government has given permissions to open a milk plant in Varanasi where the demand of milk is very high. He added that permissions have also been sought to open plants in Kanpur and Lucknow along with Varanasi. May 15, 2014