Maoist attack kills one, injures two others in Jharkhand

Jharkhand, Dec 19 (ANI): A well orchestrated Maoist attack in Gumla district of Jharkhand left one woman dead and injured two others. The Maoists escaped after sighting a vehicle approaching from the opposite direction. Meanwhile, approximately 160 kilometres away from Ranchi, the Maoists planted a bomb at a petrol pump, which could have caused loss to life and property on a greater magnitude but was diffused by the prompt action of the bomb disposal squad. It was a country-made crude bomb weighing not less than seven kilograms. Dec 19, 2013

Indian sailor Captain Sunil James released from Togo jail: MEA

Mumbai/ New Delhi, Dec 19 (ANI): Captain Sunil James along with another sailor Vijayan, who was arrested in Togo on July 31 for allegedly aiding pirates, has been released on Thursday, said the ministry of external affairs. The External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said that India is preparing for the sailor’s return. James’ wife Aditi and other relatives met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier this month to urge him to intervene so that James could be allowed to come home for the last rites of his 11-month old son Vivaan, who died on December 2. Dec 19, 2013

President insists S.Sudan violence was failed coup

South Sudanese President Salva Kiir said on Wednesday that the violence that has shaken his country was not a tribal conflict but a failed military coup. He also claimed the UN compound is home to rebel fighters. Duration: 0:50 Dec 19, 2013

AirAsiaX places $6 bn order for 25 Airbus A330s

Low-cost Malaysian airline AirAsia X announced Wednesday an order of 25 long-range A330-300 aircraft with a catalogue price of nearly $6 billion (4.4 billion euros) as it looks to return to serving Europe. Duration: 0:59 Dec 19, 2013

Final rallies for Madagascar presidential candidates

The two finalists of the presidential election in Madagascar, Jean Louis Robinson and Hery Rajaonarimampianina, held their last rallies Wednesday in Antananarivo, were thousands of supporters gathered two days before the second round. Duration: 0:51 Dec 19, 2013

As tension eases in Bangui, life slowly returning to normal

The "tension fell sharply" in Central African Republic, after the violences of the past two weeks, said Wednesday the head of the French military, Francisco Soriano. Several people, officials and businessmen are queuing outside banks. Duration: 0:29 Dec 19, 2013

Red howler monkeys re-inserted into Colombia's wild

Eight red howler monkeys, an endangered species who had been under the care of Colobia's Santafe zoo, have been released into the wild. They were part of a program which returns to their habitats domesticated monkeys sold by traffickers to travelers. Dec 19, 2013