Venezuela accuses US of blocking diplomatic efforts

Venezuela accuses the United States of hampering its diplomatic efforts, saying Washington is denying airspace to its China-bound president and blocking visas for its UN delegation. Duration: 01:20 Sep 20, 2013

Swiss glacier shows climate change in action

The walk from Morteratsch station in Switzerland to the glacier of the same name used to be covered in ice, but it has been steadily shrinking for decades providing one of the clearest examples of climate change in action. Duration: 01:28 Sep 20, 2013

Egypt army buries police general after clashes

The funeral of Giza deputy security chief Nabil Farrag took place in Cairo today, with Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and other top brass in attendance. Farrag was shot dead when security forces stormed the Islamist bastion Kerdassah near the Giza pyramids on Thursday in the latest crackdown on Islamist supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. Duration: 00:40 Sep 20, 2013

Toddler's 9/11 t-shirt lands mum suspended sentence

French appeals court rules "severe, surprising" sentence over mother for sending her three-year old to school wearing a T-shirt bearing the words "I'm a bomb" and "Jihad, born September 11." Duration: 00:52 Sep 20, 2013

Swiss split on whether to abolish military draft

Swiss voters will head to the ballot box Sunday to decide whether to abolish their conscript army, as much a part of the Alpine nation's image as direct democracy, chocolate and cheese. Duration: 00:53 Sep 20, 2013

Rise of violence raises food concerns in C. Africa

The African Union on Friday urged the international community to do more in the poor and strife-torn Central African Republic, describing the situation there as "dire". Central African Republic has been chronically unstable for the greater part of the past two decades. Duration: 00:57 Sep 20, 2013

Rise in price of onions makes people across India teary-eye

New Delhi/Kanpur /Bhopal /Rajkkot, Sep 19 (ANI): A sharp spike in the price of onions brought tears to the eyes of people as the onions are costing nearly 300 percent more this month than the same month last year and untamed rise of the vegetable, a staple ingredient in many dishes, can anger voters and quickly become a political issue. Food inflation accelerated to a three-year high of 18.18 percent in August, government data released on September 17 showed, driving overall inflation to a higher-than-expected 6.1 percent. Sep 19, 2013

Nuclear liability law: Govt compromising on national security to please US, says D Raja

Trivandrum, Sep 19 (ANI): As the UPA government is to attempt a dilution of the Nuclear Liability Bill to suit the needs of the US Government, CPI leader D Raja on Thursday said that Manmohan Singh government is ready to compromise on national interest and security in order to please US and American firms before his visit. Further, he said that this is a very serious matter wherein no consultation has been done from the Atomic sector of the country. Sep 19, 2013

New land acquisition law to protect farmers: Jairam Ramesh

New Delhi/Noida, Sep 19 (ANI): India's rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has said that the recently enacted Land Acquisition law would protect the rights of the farmers who were rendered landless. He stated this while addressing a news conference at Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi on Thursday. Ramesh contended that protecting rights of land owners as well as the landless would act as a guiding principle for the newly formulated law. Sep 19, 2013

Sikkim continues to remain India's greenest state

Sikkim, Sep 19 (ANI): Recent satellite data shows Sikkim to be the greenest state in the country with a forest cover of 47.3%, as compared to the national average of 21%. It is the only state in the country whose forest area has increased in the last two decades by over 3 per cent. This has been made possible by implementation of several measures like the Sikkim Green Mission, Ten Minutes to Earth and Smriti Vans, which have also helped increase the flora and fauna significantly. The state government plans to bring an additional 1000 hectares of land under forest cover during the 12th Five Year Plan. Sep 19, 2013

Muzaffarnagar violence: UP govt putting blame on BJP to escape responsibilty, says Uma Bharti

Varanasi, Sep 19 (ANI): After BJP leader Uma Bharti warned of "more tension" in Uttar Pradesh if politicians from her party are arrested for instigating the riots in Muzaffarnagar, Uma Bharti said that UP government is putting the blame of the riots on BJP and trying to escape the responsibility. Bharti further said that the BJP leaders were there to be arrested and never said anything against that, and that she just said that the consequences of the same is not going to be good. Sep 19, 2013

Govt will go by rule book: Narayanasamy on Nuke Law dilution reports

New Delhi, Sep 19 (ANI): Rubbishing reports that the government is not going to follow the nuclear law, Minister of State for the PMO V Narayanasamy said that the government will go by the law and the rules as far as the nuclear deals are concerned. According to reports, a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) note suggests that prior to his visit to the United States to attend this year's U.N. General Assembly session and to meet President Barack Obama on its sidelines, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appears to be keen to have a diluted version of the NLB signed. The diluted NLB reportedly overlooks several key factors, including security concerns. Sep 19, 2013