Iraq Kurd chief hails advances in anti-jihadist battle

Iraqi Kurdish leader Massud Barzani hailed advances by peshmerga fighters against the Islamic State group Sunday as they battled the jihadists for a northern town with the backing of US-led strikes. Duration: 01:24 Dec 22, 2014

Sierra Leone hopeful 'surge' can slow Ebola transmission

In meetings with the UN Secretary General, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma said he hoped the ongoing "surge" against Ebola in the west of the country would help "put this issue of the fight against Ebola behind us". Duration: 01:51 Dec 22, 2014

Uganda's cocoa kings seek to keep business home-grown

Uganda's chocolate makers are looking to buck the trend of exporting raw materials for processing - only to import them for sale - by taking control of their cocoa beans, from tree to shop floor. Duration: 03:01 Dec 22, 2014

Struggle for survival in isolated east Ukraine village

The Ukraine-controlled village of Olhovatka, in the war-torn east of the country, is completely isolated from the outside world. Residents there struggle to survive, especially pensioners who haven't been paid in months. Duration: 00:47 Dec 22, 2014

France probes two weekend brutal attacks, calls for calm

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said 13 people were injured in the rampage though none of the victims are critical. Calling for "caution" and "restraint", he said the motives of the assailant had not yet been established. Duration: 00:47 Dec 22, 2014

Aligarh's Babu Khan builds a Shiva temple, presents perfect example of communal harmony

Aligarh, Dec 22 (ANI): Aligarh, located in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, is an educational and commercial hub of India. The people of the area, despite belonging to different religions, have always upheld national integration and communal harmony. One such example is of Shiva Temple in the city which has been built by a Muslim, Babu Khan. The temple besides helping the poor Hindu community, also aims at strengthening the Hindu-Muslim bond in the locality. Khan himself prays at the Temple as per Hindu practices and beliefs. Not only in construction of Temples, Khan also helps in fixing marriages and makes necessary arrangements for it. Hindus of the locality have developed a strong bond for Khan and hold him in high regard for his community services. Dec 22, 2014

Devotees from different faiths throng at Urs of Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoom in Srinagar

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir, a land of peace and harmony, well known for the spiritual places is like an abode for the saints of India. Among those saints is Hazrat Sheikh Hamzah Makhdoom of Srinagar, who earned high regards from his followers due to his teachings of unity. His followers belonging to different communities come together every year at his shrine to pay obeisance to the saint. The annual Urs of this famous saint is being observed according to the Islamic Calendar and is celebrated for 13 days. Devotees here come with utmost devotion and preach saint's teaching who believed in the message of brotherhood. Every day hundreds of devotees visit this famous shrine of the Kashmir valley and pray for peace and prosperity of the people and the state. Dec 22, 2014

Delhi's Lt Gov Najeeb Jung appeals people to help homeless during winters

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI): Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung on Monday appealed Delhiites to help the city's homeless by giving them warm clothes and blankets during the harsh winters. Jung added that people should donate blankets, clothes etc, at the nearest night shelters only, and not on the streets or roads as this will motivate homeless people to use the shelters and not sleep in the open. The Delhi government has established 221 night shelters for homeless people with basic facilities such as clean drinking water, toilets, blankets, bedding etc. Dec 22, 2014

No lines of communication open with BJP: Omar

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Monday said that no lines of communication are open between the National Conference and the BJP or any other national party. Addressing a press conference a day before counting of votes for the J and K assembly elections Omar also said that he had no regrets about National Conference's alliance with the Congress party. Dec 22, 2014

Tweet on Vajpayee no hint of alliance with BJP: Omar

Srinagar, Dec 22 (ANI): A day before counting of votes for the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections, Chief Minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah while addressing a press conference in Srinagar thanked the people of the state for actively taking part in the elections. He said that it is an honour for him to serve as J and K CM for six years. When asked about his tweet on Atal Behari Vajpayee and whether National Conference can form an alliance with the BJP he said that his tweet is no hint of alliance with the BJP Dec 22, 2014

Hundreds of students take part in Yogathon in Chennai

Chennai, Dec 22 (ANI): Hundreds of students took part in a "Yogathon" to create awareness about the ancient practice at an event in Chennai on Monday. Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's 'Art of Living Foundation' organized the event. Organizers said the event was being organized across the country, especially in schools and colleges, to create awareness among the people about the benefits of Yoga. Senior Faculty of Art of Living Foundation, Ayush Doshyam, said the idea behind the event was to spread awareness about the positives of Yoga. Dec 22, 2014

Self-Reported Daily Exercise Lowers Blood Sugar Level In Body

New Delhi, Dec 22 (ANI) : A new study has recently revealed that self-reported daily exercise helps in reducing blood pressure and blood glucose levels.The study found that women who were consistently and even irregularly active had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure compared with those who were completely inactive.The findings also showed that consistently and irregularly active male and female patients had fasting glucose levels lower than the consistently inactive patients. Consistently active and irregularly active women had a greater magnitude of difference for cardiometabolic variables compared with similarly active men. Dec 22, 2014

Suspected Maoists attack forest office in Kerala

Palakkad, Dec 22 (ANI): Suspected Maoists attacked the office of forest department in Palakkad district of Kerala on Monday. The rebels vandalized the office and burnt an official vehicle. However, district collector K Ramachandran says it is yet to be established if Maoists are behind the incident. Meanwhile, Kerala police's wing for anti-Maoist operations called 'Thunderbolt' cordoned off the area and began combing operations in the nearby areas. Dec 22, 2014