Shinzo Abe returns as Japanese PM after snap election

Japan's parliament on Wednesday confirmed Shinzo Abe for another term as prime minister after his election triumph, but the return to power stirred warnings from China over a bid to change the pacifist constitution. Duration: 00:44 Dec 25, 2014

France tells displaced Iraqi Christians to 'stay hopeful'

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told Iraqi Christians to "stay hopeful" in spite of the "suffering" being inflicted on their community. He addressed refugees who have recently arrived in France, in the town of Sarcelles. Duration: 00:52 Dec 25, 2014

Black teen killed by police near Ferguson, Missouri

Police said Wednesday they shot dead an African American teenager after he allegedly pointed a handgun at an officer in a town near Ferguson, Missouri, where a prior police shooting sparked nationwide protests. Duration: 00:52 Dec 25, 2014

Iraqi Christians prepare for Christmas in Arbil

Iraqi Christian refugees in northern city of Arbil prepare to celebrate Christmas after after a violence-plagued year brought suffering to many Middle Eastern Christians. Duration: 00:43 Dec 24, 2014

Sanjay Dutt accused in Mumbai blast out on 14-day furlough

Mumbai, Dec 24 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, who is serving sentence in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case, was released from the Yerwada Central Jail in Pune on Wednesday. Dutt was granted 14-day furlough by the prison authorities on Tuesday. After being released, the actor departed for his home in Mumbai in the afternoon. Dutt, who is serving a five-year sentence for illegal possession and destruction of an AK-56 rifle before the 1993 Mumbai blasts, had applied for leave in November this year to be able to spend Christmas and New Year with his family. Fourteen-day furlough can be extended for another two weeks and with strong reason, can even be stretched for 120 days. The initial two-week furlough, available annually, is counted as part of the prison term. Dec 24, 2014

Separatist leader Yasin Malik sits on hunger strike, protests against atrocities

Srinagar, Dec 24 (ANI): Separatist leader Yasin Malik on Wednesday continued his hunger strike in Srinagar against what he alleged police highhandedness. Malik, chief of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), has been demanding the release of several youth detained by police during state elections. While a record 65 percent voted in five-phase elections, many tried to boycott the polls by staging protests and hurling stones at security personnel, forcing the latter to make arrests. India has long struggled to bring Kashmiris into the democratic mainstream and elections in the past have been marred by violence and low turn-out. Political leaders in Kashmir blame the federal government for failing to find a political solution as violence ebbed in the past few years. Dec 24, 2014

Politicos react as Govt bypasses upper house to push through Insurance bill

New Delhi/Kolkata, Dec 24 (ANI): Politicos reacted on Wednesday after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the government has decided to recommend promulgation of insurance amendment laws to President Pranab Mukherjee. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said that it shows the government has no respect for the parliament. CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechury said that he had written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee appealing him not to let the ordinance pass. BSP leader Sudhindra Bhadauria said that this way of ordinance is not in favor of democracy. TMC leader Derek O' Brien also called it 'undemocratic'. Dec 24, 2014

India gears up for Christmas celebration

Vadodara/ Coimbatore/ Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 24 (ANI): A day before Christmas, people across India are geared up to celebrate the festival with pomp and gaiety. Hundreds of people from different communities took part in a colourful parade in Vadodara. Wearing innovative Santa caps, carrying hand made greeting cards, posters and riding on the sledge, youngsters dressed as Santas were seen singing carols and making merry to celebrate the birth of Jesus. One of the organizers, Alexis, said the main aim of the parade was to solicit the participation of all communities. In Coimbatore city, students have organised colourful patterns to mark the occasion. They have made a giant representation of Santa and a Christmas tree using 100 kilograms of salt and different colours. A student, Hariprasad, said the art work will be on display till the 2nd of January next year. Dec 24, 2014