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Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for safety

The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, asking the group to treat him well in captivity as a fellow Muslim.

If you want to enter paradise, be a suicide bomber: Boko Haram to 13-year-old girl

A 13-year-old Nigerian girl says her parents gave her to the Islamic terror outfit Boko Haram to take part in a suicide bomb attack in Kano. Nigeria has suffered numerous suicide bombings in recent months carried out by girls and young women.

Science to get a fresh boost in 2015

Arctic sea ice, solar system encounters, LHC restart, combined immunotherapy - these are some of the main areas in science that researchers across the world can look forward to in 2015, according to international journal Science.

Chinese varsity bans Xmas, says it is 'kitsch'

A university in northwestern China has banned Christmas, calling it a 'kitsch' foreign celebration unbefitting of the country's own traditions and making its students watch propaganda films instead, media said on Thursday.

IS captures Jordan pilot after plane crash in Syria

Jordan's armed forces said one of its pilots had been captured after a coalition air raid over the province of Raqqa. There were contradictory accounts as to whether his aircraft had been shot down or not.

2015 UK poll: growing Indian vote adds to uneasiness

It’s that time of the year when most of Britain hunkers down for Christmas and New Year holidays, but a certain uneasiness is discernible among the Westminster set as the more-unpredictable-than-ever May 2015 elections draw near.

Father of pilot captured by IS pleads for release

The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by the Islamic State group in Syria pleaded for his son's release on Thursday, reminding militants that his son shared the same faith as the ultraconservative group.

After violence-hit year, Pope Francis urges 'tenderness' as millions celebrate Xmas

Pope Francis led Christmas Eve mass in the Vatican on Wednesday calling for 'tenderness' and 'warmth' after a violence-plagued year as millions of Christians began marking the holiday.

US: Anger after latest police killing of black teen

Officials scrambled to head off renewed anger Wednesday after an armed black teenager was shot dead by a white officer in a St Louis suburb, insisting the use of force was justified.

Man thinks he's Matthew McConaughey after waking up from coma

A London-based barber once woke up from a coma with the firm belief that he was Matthew McConaughey. 25-year-old Rory Curtis suffered a brain hemorrhage after he crashed into a lorry and was then hit by six cars on the M42 in Tamworth, Staffordshire back in August 2012.

Most Watched Videos in 2014 | News

From the video release of ISIS’s first beheading of an American journalist to Taliban’s infamous Peshawar school siege, here is a roundup of the year’s most watched videos.

Watch | The Inspiration Dose of 2014

From India’s first Mars mission to winning the trophy for the T20 Blind cricket World Cup. In 2014, take inspiration from the fearless pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong as they stood their ground against all odds.

Top 10 videos | Ice Bucket Challenge

From the Ice Bucket Challenge, the Rice Bucket Challenge to the Rubble Bucket Challenge. Watch a roundup of popular, funny and some badly gone wrong challenges.

Top 5 videos | Social experiments

The year 2014 has been a year of social experiments to raise awareness about issues that matter. Tackling eve teasing, racism or something as simple as buying condoms. Here is our pick of top social experiments in India and around the world.

Pak: Extremist held for 2 more weeks for murder

The leader of a banned Pakistani sectarian militant group who was set to walk free from jail is being held for two more weeks in a murder case, officials said Thursday.
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