Monthly archives: November 2013

Dramatic final seconds of Lee Rigby's life: Jury sees video showing moment before he was mown down in car and hacked to death 'like a piece of meat being butchered'

Footage shown to jurors shows a car approaching Fusilier Rigby There were gasps in the court room, and his relatives left in tears Prosecutors claim Michael Adebolajo, 28, was driving the Vauxhall Tigra Both Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, 22, are on trial at the Old Bailey The horrific last moments of soldier Lee Rigby were played out in court yesterday as a jury was told a Muslim convert tried to […]

Ruth Harkness and Su Lin: The first panda to leave China

A baby panda born at the National Zoo in Washington DC has captured the hearts of Americans, who have been voting to decide the name she will be given on Sunday, and watching her every movement via webcam. The country’s love affair with pandas began nearly 80 years ago, with the first ever taken from China alive. American socialite Ruth Harkness was more accustomed to holding a cigarette and a […]


Police helicopter crash: 'Multiple injuries' at The Clutha pub in Glasgow

A police helicopter has crashed into a busy pub on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow. The crash happened at The Clutha in Stockwell Street at 22:25 on Friday. Police Scotland confirmed there were three people on board the helicopter – two officers and a civilian pilot. There have been “numerous” casualties but police have not confirmed whether anyone has died. It is not known how many people […]

Narendra Modi competes with Miley Cyrus for Time ‘Person of the Year’

New York: BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is among Time magazine’s shortlisted candidates for its ‘Person of the Year’ title and has emerged as an early favourite among the readers in an online poll. Time has shortlisted 42 global leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities for its ‘Person of the Year 2013′ and will announce the winner next month. Other candidates in fray are Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President […]

Report: U.S., in partnership with Canada, spied during G20 summit in 2010

STORY HIGHLIGHTS CBC says it obtained a top secret NSA document from Edward Snowden It says the U.S. conducted surveillance during the G8, G20 summits in Toronto This was “closely coordinated with the Canadian partner,” the NSA says, reports CBC U.S. agencies haven’t responded to comment on this report The United States — in partnership with its ally Canada — spied during a pair of major 2010 summits of world […]

What happens when you cross Thanksgiving with Hanukkah?

The coincidence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah is very unusual – it last happened in 1888. But in a way it’s fitting, as American Jews have been embracing Thanksgiving for more than two centuries. By the time the first of eight candles in Jewish menorah were lit on Wednesday evening for the start of the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the country was largely closed down for […]

China's presence looms amid massive U.S.-Japanese AnnualEx war games

STORY HIGHLIGHTS USS George Washington in huge naval exercise — AnnualEx 2013 — off Okinawa CNN reporter aboard carrier as dozens of warships, subs and aircraft take part This year’s games held against backdrop of tension after China imposes new air zone China announced a new Air Defense Identification Zone, angering U.S. and Japan USS George Washington, East China Sea: The deafening roar of state-of-the-art warplanes being catapulted into the […]

Why did Pope Benedict XVI resign?

Benedict XVI shocked the world in February when he became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. But attention shifted quickly to the succession, and the election of the new Pope, Francis. Amid the drama, one question was never fully answered – why did Benedict quit? Pope Benedict’s official resignation statement offered his waning physical and mental powers as the explanation, but it’s long been suspected there was […]


India's puppeteers struggle to survive

As the authorities plan to relocate a colony of puppet makers in the Indian capital, Delhi, its few thousand residents tell BBC’s Akanksha Saxena why life is a daily struggle for them. Puppetry and magic have been popular forms of traditional entertainment in India for long, but in recent years, the puppeteers have been desperately trying to preserve their dying art form. About 3,000 puppeteers live with their families in […]