Cameroon parish prays for abducted French priest

Father Georges Vandenbeusch's glasses are still lying abandoned on his desk, a reminder of the sudden kidnapping of the French priest a few days ago near Cameroon's border with Nigeria by Islamist group Boko Haram. Duration: 00:48 Nov 19, 2013

Egyptians gather in Tahrir on 2011 uprising anniversary

Groups of supporters and opponents of Egypt's military gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday -- the anniversary of protests against the army in 2011 that triggered deadly clashes with security forces. Duration: 00:37 Nov 19, 2013

Shebab suicide attack against Somali police kills 16

At least 16 people were killed when Somalia's Shebab insurgents attacked a police station Tuesday, with a suicide car bomber blasting open the compound before commandos entered spraying gunfire, an army officer said. Duration: 00:49 Nov 19, 2013

Russia extends detention of Australian Greenpeace activist

A Russian court extended the pre-trial detention Monday of an Australian member of a Greenpeace crew arrested for a protest against Arctic oil drilling while freeing a Russian doctor and a photographer on bail. Duration: 00:53 Nov 19, 2013

Patriarch urges Christians to stay in Syria

Gregory Laham, the Syrian patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic church has called on his fellow Christians to stay in Syria, despite the brutal conflict raging in the country. Duration: 01:03 Nov 19, 2013

Hundreds in Egypt mark anniversary of army protests

Dozens of supporters and opponents of the army gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square Tuesday to mark the anniversary of anti-military protests, amid mounting anger over a memorial to those killed in Egypt's uprising. Duration: 00:42 Nov 19, 2013

Sonia Gandhi promises sports facilities to woo voters in Mizoram

Lunglei, Nov 18 (ANI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vowed to support sports initiatives in Mizoram, to woo voters ahead of assembly polls. Addressing voters in Lunglei city, Gandhi on Monday said that her party would support the sports initiatives so that the youth in the region receive proper training. Nov 18, 2013

Nitish Kumar backs BJP's demand for Bharat Ratna to AB Vajpayee

Patna, Nov 18 (ANI): Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday backed the BJP's demand for the highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna to their senior leader and former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Backing BJP's demand, Kumar while addressing a news conference in Patna said that Vajpayee deserves the award. Commenting over the remark made by India's eminent scientist, CNR Rao over politicians, Kumar highlighted the need to spend more on research in the field of science. During the conference, Kumar also pinned hopes on the formation of third front. Nov 18, 2013

Aligarh University students carry forward tradition of Communal Harmony

Aligarh, Nov 18 (ANI): Aligarh is situated in northwest part of India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The city is the seat of Aligarh University, whose foundation is laid on compassion, accord and harmony. This can clearly be seen during competitions organised in the university in which students belonging to different religions, participate enthusiastically. The students spend most of their time together, and create strong bonds of friendship among themselves. Such institutions provide a perfect example of the spirit of tolerance and acceptance of differences, which is a key feature of India's culture. And, their efforts to keep this ethos alive go a long way in strengthening the social fabric of India that is made up of diverse strands. Nov 18, 2013

Ink-throwing protester disrupts Kejriwal's press conference

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): A man, claiming to be a BJP worker, created a ruckus at a press conference on Monday when AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal was addressing the issue of party funding. The protestor threw black ink at Kejriwal while he was addressing the press conference. The man, who identified himself as Nachiketa Mavlekar said that he has not been sent by any party. Nov 18, 2013

Centre would provide adequate safeguards to Seemandhra people: Jaipal Reddy after GoM meet

New Delhi, Nov 18 (ANI): After three union ministers from Telangana, S Jaipal Reddy, Porika Balram Naik and Sarve Satyanarayana met the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Monday, they urged the central government to go ahead with the creation of Telangana and make Hyderabad its unconditional capital. Jaipal Reddy said that the ministers want the Government of India not to impose too many limitations on the inherent constitutional rights of the new Telangana state, and that it would provide adequate safeguards to Seemandhra people. Nov 18, 2013

AB Vajpayee deserves Bharat Ratna: Farooq Abdullah

Bangalore, Nov 18 (ANI): New and Renewable Energy minister Farooq Abdullah has strongly backed the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) demand for Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, saying he deserved the honour. Abdullah said that he would make a "personal request" for bestowing the honour on Vajpayee. Nov 18, 2013

Rahul Gandhi lowered dignity of PM, says Modi indirectly

Chhattarpur, Nov 18 (ANI): BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, on Monday indirectly accused Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi of lowering dignity of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Modi said Rahul conspired to publicly humiliate Singh over an ordinance on convicted lawmakers. He also hit out at Rahul for calling BJP leaders thieves at a public rally. Modi also questioned media's partisan reactions. Nov 18, 2013

Hindu Family makes Tazias for Muharram- A perfect example of Communal Harmony

Gorakhpur, Nov 18 (ANI): India is known for its diversity that is marked by harmonious relations between people of different communities. And examples of this ethos can be found throughout the country. One such example comes from Gorakhpur, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, where a Hindu family makes Tazias during Muharram. A Tazia is a replica of the tomb of Imam Hussain that is carried in processions during Muharram. The first ten days of the month of Muharram commemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain and his companions at Karbala. Nov 18, 2013