Conflict and clashes over China's prized caterpillar fungus

A caterpillar fungus, found only on the high Tibetan plateau, is known as "Himalayan Viagra". It is worth nearly its weight in gold and is so valuable that disputes over collection rights are turning violent. Duration: 01:36 Oct 14, 2013

Muslim pilgrims throng Mount Arafat for hajj climax

Pilgrims in their hundreds of thousands thronged Mount Arafat in Saudi Arabia from early Monday for the climax of the annual hajj pilgrimage. Officials said they expected around 1.5 million pilgrims to descend on the site. Oct 14, 2013

Hundreds held after Moscow rocked by race rioting

Moscow police said Monday they had detained 1,200 people in an anti-migrant raid on a produce market where a racially-tinged riot took place over the weekend after the killing of an ethnic Russian. Oct 14, 2013

France and South Africa sign rail and energy deals

French President Francois Hollande announced on Monday the signing with South Africa of a $2-billion pact for a thermal power plant in Africa's largest economy which suffers from energy shortages. Oct 14, 2013

IHT rebrands to become International New York Times

The International Herald Tribune published its final edition under its own name on Monday, marking the end of an era for the 125-year-newspaper that was a lifeline for American expatriates. Oct 14, 2013

World powers, Iran prepare for historic nuclear talks

World powers gathered Monday for fresh talks with Iran on its controversial nuclear programme, seen as a test of a new mood since reputed moderate President Hassan Rouhani took office in August. Analysts see the new negotiations as a being led by a markedly different tone set by Iranian and the US leaders. Oct 14, 2013

Britain to ease China visa restrictions

Britain says it will make it easier for China's citizens to obtain visas, as it seeks a bigger slice of the multi-billion-dollar Chinese traveller cake. Oct 14, 2013

Japanese breakdancer wins regional competition

A Japanese breakdancer has spun and somersaulted his way into the sport's global finals to be staged in South Korea next month after winning a regional competition on home soil. Duration: 01:24 Oct 14, 2013

US professor reacts after winning Nobel Economics Prize

Three US academics got the Nobel Economic Prize Monday for research on financial markets, an area of immense real-world implications following the crises rattling the global economy in recent years. Duration : 00:37 Oct 14, 2013

Two car bombs explode in central Damascus

Two cars laden with explosives and driven by suicide bombers blew up in the centre of the Syrian capital Damascus on Sunday night, state media reported. The blasts went off near the building of the national broadcaster SANA. Oct 14, 2013