Merkel says EU must be ready for treaty changes

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday that European Union members must be ready for treaty changes to strengthen the 28-member bloc, speaking on the eve of an EU summit. Dec 18, 2013

Outcry forces foie gras industry to swallow changes

Long accused of torture by animal-rights activists, French foie gras producers are admitting they may have gone too far and vowing changes to how ducks and geese are reared and their livers fattened. Duration: 01:56 Dec 18, 2013

Lalit Modi allowed to contest RCA elections

Jaipur, Dec 18 (ANI): Former Indian Premier League (IPL) Chief, Lalit Modi on Wednesday got green signal to contest elections for the presidential post in Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). Dec 18, 2013

Prashant Bhushan on Lokpal Bill passed in LS

Noida, Dec 18 (ANI): AAP leader Prashant Bhushan on Wednesday said that the Lokpal Bill passed by the parliament is not going to serve much purpose. Bhushan also said he was surprised that Anna has accepted such a weak bill. Dec 18, 2013

Christian anti-balaka militia trains in Bangui

France on Tuesday said other European nations would send troops to the Central African Republic to prop up a military force on the ground attempting to disarm militias dispensing deadly violence. Duration: 00:44 Dec 18, 2013

Give guarantee that Lokpal will end corruption: Naresh Agarwal to Anna

New Delhi, Dec 18 (ANI): Samajwadi Party leader, Naresh Agarwal on Wednesday asked for a guarantee from Anti Corruption Crusader Anna Hazare that the Lokpal Bill will end corruption. He also added that it is a conspiracy by Congress Vice President, Rahul Gandhi and Hazare. Dec 18, 2013

Kejriwal bats for open-door politics, says received 4 lakh SMSS in 24 hours

Kaushambi, Dec 18 (ANI): Defending his stand on open-door politics that reaches to the doorstep of the people, AAP Convener Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the party had received more that 4 lakh SMS’s in 24 hours for either in support or against formation of government in Delhi. Dec 18, 2013

S. Thousands flee as rival troops battle in South Sudan

Rival troops were locked in fresh battles in South Sudan's capital on Tuesday in unrest that has killed hundreds and sent thousands of terrified civilians fleeing since an alleged coup bid. Duration: 00:43 Dec 18, 2013

India says committed to Vienna convention, seeks same from the US

New Delhi/ Mumbai, Dec 18 (ANI): India on Wednesday said that it is committed to the Vienna convention that shields the diplomats while seeking its implementation from the US side as well in the diplomatic spat that threatens to strain otherwise warm ties between the two nations. Spokesperson of Indian Foreign Ministry, Syed Akbaruddin, said India was committed to follow the rules laid down by the Vienna Convention and expected the same from other countries. Earlier on Tuesday Indian police removed concrete security barriers outside the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi in apparent retaliation for the treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade who was strip-searched after her arrest in New York last week. Dec 18, 2013