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

Damascenes celebrate Halloween in war-torn city

Halloween is celebrated by some revellers in the Syrian capital Damascus, with event organisers saying they hope they will help chase away the 'evil spirits' that are hanging over their war-torn country. Duration:01:04 Nov 1, 2013

London's Gadget Show pulls crowds in time for Xmas

Consumer electronic enthusiasts attend the Gadget Show Live@Christmas at Earl's Court in London on Friday. Exhibitors gathered to show off their latest products in time for the Christmas season, focusing on radio-controlled vehicles. Duration: 01:00 Nov 1, 2013

Jesse Ventura praises Kennedy in new book

For Jesse Ventura, the professional wrestler turned independent politician, John F. Kennedy was the greatest president in modern US history -- and the proof lies in his 1963 assassination. Duration: 01:07 Nov 1, 2013

Egypt Islamists rally ahead of Morsi trial

Islamists held protests on Friday and clashed with police in the Egyptian city of Alexandria ahead of the trial of deposed president Mohamed Morsi. In Cairo, hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the main presidential palace. Duration: 00:39 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

PM pays tribute to Sardar Patel on his 138th birth anniversary

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other political dignitaries paid floral tribute to the nation's renowned freedom leader and 'Iron Man', Sardar Vallabhbhai Jhaverbhai Patel on his birth anniversary on Thursday in New Delhi. The political dignitaries including Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar, Union Home Minister, Sushil Kumar Shinde and senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu paid their respects to the famed leader on his 138th birth anniversary. Meanwhile, BJP PM Candidate Narendra Modi on Thursday laid the foundation stone of the world's tallest statue in Gujarat that is of Sardar Patel. Patel was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India and was also the home minister in Jawaharlal Nehru's cabinet. Oct 31, 2013

Congress hits back at Modi, charges BJP of indulging in 'vote bank politics'

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): The Congress Party on Thursday countered Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's secularism pitch, saying it is the main opposition party which is indulging in 'vote bank politics'. Maken charged Modi, BJP and the RSS leaders of repeatedly attacking the foundation stone of the nation. Maken drew the attention of the media to an article written in 'The Hindu' on October 8 by a senior female associate editor. Oct 31, 2013

Guilty will be punished: Akhilesh on fresh Muzaffarnagar violence

Kannauj, Oct 31 (ANI): Reacting over the fresh violence in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday said that the state government will take strict action against the culprits. He also slammed the opposition parties for trying to use the incident to further their political aspirations. Oct 31, 2013

Fodder scam: Jharkhand HC rejects Lalu Yadav's bail plea

Ranchi, Oct 31 (ANI): The Jharkhand High Court on Thursday rejected the bail plea of former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who is serving a five-year prison sentence in connection with the multi-crore fodder scam case. The 66-year-old Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief had moved the court on Wednesday, but the latter chose to reserve its order for Thursday after hearing the CBI counsel's objections to granting Lalu bail. Oct 31, 2013

Muzaffarnagar fresh violence: BJP asks SP govt to take strict action

New Delhi, Oct 31 (ANI): Terming the fresh violence in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district as unfortunate, BJP President Rajnath Singh on Thursday said that he expects the Samajwadi Party government to take strict measures so that no one gets an opportunity to raise a question on it. He also appealed to the people of Uttar Pradesh to maintain peace. Oct 31, 2013