Astronauts return from International Space Station

Three astronauts returned to Earth Wednesday on board a Russian Soyuz capsule after a half-year mission on the International Space Station (ISS), landing in Kazakhstan, mission control in Moscow announced. Duration: 00:29 Sep 11, 2013

C. Africa government condemns upsurge in violence

The Prime Minister of Central African Republic's interim government on Wednesday condemned fighting involving armed supporters of the country's ousted president in the northwest of the country, where at least 60 people have been killed. Duration: 00:39 Sep 11, 2013

Cape Town gang wars put children in firing line

In the South African township of Manenberg drug related gang violence has long been a problem, but in recently the turf war has seen 16 schools temporarily shut down, keeping thousands of children at home for two days. Duration: 02:20 Sep 11, 2013

Mulayam hints at conspiracy behind Muzaffarnagar violence

Agra, Sept 10 (ANI): Terming the Muzaffarnagar violence as unfortunate, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday hinted at conspiracy behind it. Talking to mediapersons in Agra, Singh said that the state government took swift action in bringing the situation under control. He also said that some communal forces are taking advantage of the situation. Meanwhile, talking about the emergence of third front, he said that there is a very good chance of third front government in 2014. Sep 10, 2013

Police say nine Maoists surrender in Malkangiri

Malkangiri, Sep 10 (ANI): Perturbed and frustrated due to the atrocities committed by their leaders, nine Maoists including three woman cadres surrendered before the Odisha Police. The woman cadres were identified as Kumari, Anita, and Susila who were involved in several violent activities. A Maoist, Dashu Khillo, who surrendered, said that they wanted to join the mainstream as their life was always under threat. Disillusioned by their violent ideology and unable to cope up with the pressure exerted by their senior leaders, more and more naxals are surrendering to avoid further exploitation. The frequent surrenders show that despite their militant tactics, Maoists are starting to lose their hold in the remote cut off areas. Sep 10, 2013

Police say religious riots killed atleast 32 in Muzaffarnagar

Muzaffarnagar, Sep 10 (ANI): Police said on Tuesday that at least 32 people were killed in religious riots in Uttar Pradesh that forced hundreds to flee their homes, a sign of rising tension between two communities ahead of a general election due by May. Police also evacuated villagers in the troubled areas. Some locals, fearful after attackers beat children and burned property, hid in fields and police stations, or fled in ox carts and tractors. Additional Director General of Police (law and order), Arun Kumar, said that around 160 people were arrested. Kumar also said that the situation was under control as the army and police personnel were on alert. Sep 10, 2013

Flood ravaged Mirpur

Mirpur, Sep 10: 50 years ago Mirpur town of PoK was destroyed and drowned; once again this man made disaster is repeating here, Pakistan's lust and hunger for energy is once again proving to be fatal for the residents of Mirpur. Sep 10, 2013

Olympic medallist Rajyavardhan Rathore joins BJP

Jaipur, Sep 10 (ANI): Indian shooter and 2004 Olympic silver medallist Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Jaipur. Along with the ace shooter, Jaipur princess Diya Kumari also joined the BJP. The two inducted into the party at Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's rally in presence of party President Rajnath Singh. Sep 10, 2013

Rahul Gandhi hails development paradigm of Congress

New Delhi, Sep 10 (ANI): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hailed the changed development paradigm of the Congress party and said that that it is important to give rights to the people in order to bring about growth. Gandhi is leaving no stone unturned in giving a tough fight to the main opposition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming 2014 general elections. The Gandhi-Nehru scion is struggling in the backdrop of recent degrading status of the country___s economy under the UPA regime. Further, Gandhi also slammed the opposition parties for criticizing their move of tabling the food security bill in the parliament with an aim to combat hunger in the country. Sep 10, 2013

Nation needs special change: RSS on Modi___s PM candidature

New Delhi/ Nagpur, Sep 10 (ANI): The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) spokesperson Ram Madhav said on Tuesday that the outfit had conveyed the public opinion about the Prime Ministerial candidate for 2014 election to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Although, Madhav, did not directly take any names but hinted towards Gujarat Chief minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 national polls. He also said that there was an urge for distinct change in political scenario and everybody knew what ___special change___ was needed. Meanwhile, chief of RSS, Mohan Bhagwat evaded question regarding Modi___s selection as the prime ministerial candidate. Sep 10, 2013