Nay Pyi Taw: Brushing aside opposition from DMK and other parties in Tamil Nadu, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today met Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa but did not give him any assurance on which way India will vote on a UNHRC resolution for an independent international probe into rights abuses during the war with LTTE.
London: A 30,000-year-old giant virus frozen in ice has been revived owing to global warming. Scientists now warn that melting ice around the world could uncover new biological threats to human or animal health.
Sevastopol (Ukraine): Vladimir Putin ordered tens of thousands of Russian troops participating in military exercises near Ukraine's border to return to their bases as US Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev.
LOS ANGELES: Steve McQueen’s slavery drama ‘12 Years A Slave’ scripted history on Monday by becoming the first film by a black director to win the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy awards where Alfonso Cuaron’s 3D space drama ‘Gravity’ won seven trophies.
CARACAS: While many Venezuelans went to the beach to enjoy the Carnival holiday, thousands of anti-government demonstrators marched in the capital on Sunday, trying to keep up the momentum from weeks of protests demanding President Nicolas Maduro resign.
BEIJING: In a major breakthrough in China’s worst terrorist attack at the Kunming railway station, police on Monday captured three militants from the restive Xinjiang province who fled the scene of slashing rampage that killed 33 people and injured 143 others.
Kerch (Ukraine): Pro-Russian troops today took over a ferry terminal on the easternmost tip of Crimea close to Russia, exacerbating fears that Moscow is planning to bring even more troops into this strategic Black Sea region.
Islamabad: Gunmen burst into a court in a busy shopping area in the heart of Pakistan's capital on Monday, killing at least 11 people in a suicide-bomb and gun attack likely to shatter any prospect of meaningful peace talks with Taliban insurgents.
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama, issuing a veiled warning to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the eve of talks, said in an interview published on Sunday it would be harder for Washington to defend Israel against efforts to isolate it internationally if US-led Middle East peace talks fail.
Beijing: China today blamed Islamic militants from the volatile Xinjiang province for an unprecedented mass knife attack by "terrorists" at a railway station in Kunming city that left at least 33 people dead and over 130 injured.