16 October 2018


  • Niranjan Jyoti has apologized for a slur against non-Hindus. Photo: Indian Express

    Modi livid after hate speech by Hindu nun-minister

    Dec 4, 2014 10:08am
    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a lot on his plate, including delivering on election promises to revitalize the economy. Adding to his headaches are ill-chosen words by one of his own cabinet ministers. Niranjan Jyoti, minister...
  • Temperatures reached 46C in Australia during a heatwave in January. Photo: AFP

    Humans blamed as 2014 set to be hottest year ever

    Dec 4, 2014 9:00am
    This year is on track to be the hottest on record, the United Nations weather agency said. Leading scientists say humans are likely to be responsible, the Financial Times reported. Provisional figures from the World Meteorological...
  • Demonstrators react after a New York grand jury decided not to charge a white policeman in the choking death of an unarmed black man. Photo: Reuters

    Outrage greets NY grand jury decision on choking death

    Dec 4, 2014 8:40am
    New York is bracing for further unrest after a grand jury decided not to charge a white police officer who choked an unarmed black man to death. The decision sparked outrage and protests on Wednesday across New...
  • Tubiana refers to 'Fight with Cudgels', the painting by Spanish artist Francisco Goya, as a metaphor for the international negotiations over climate change. Photo: EJ Insight

    Paris 2015 climate change summit too vital to fail: Tubiana

    - Dec 4, 2014 8:12am
    Nations should stop blaming each other for climate change and instead join forces to deal with global warming, French climate negotiator Laurence Tubiana said. “The commitments made by countries so far are far from sufficient to keep...
  • Most British homebuyers will pay lower stamp duty but those buying high-end houses will pay more. Photo: Bloomberg

    Britain cuts stamp duty for most homebuyers

    Dec 4, 2014 8:05am
    Britain is cutting a controversial tax on property purchases, removing a longstanding grievance from homebuyers five months before an election. The cut in stamp duty, which takes effect at midnight Wednesday (Thursday morning in Hong Kong),...
  • President Barack Obama is ushered in by Chinese leader Xi Jinping during a visit to Beijing in November. Obama says Xi has won respect in the two years since he took power and has raised concerns among his neighbors at the same time. Photo: Reuters

    Obama: Xi’s quick grip on power raises concerns

    Dec 4, 2014 7:48am
    President Barack Obama said Chinese President Xi Jinping is raising human rights concerns and worrying his neighbors after consolidating power more quickly than any Chinese leader in decades. However Xi has won respect in the two...
  • There have been rampant misconceptions about what drove Russian President Vladimir Putin’s shift to aggressive revisionism. Photo: Reuters

    Misconceptions about Putin

    - Dec 3, 2014 11:50am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin’s policy toward his country’s “near abroad” and the West has been badly misunderstood. Instead of focusing on broader geopolitical patterns – in particular, the effect of the 2007-2008 financial crisis on global...
  • Tiger Woods has picked up a major endorsement deal in his continuing comeback from a freeze-out  by major sponsors. Photo: Internet

    India bike giant rides tiger

    Dec 3, 2014 11:25am
    As a tiger to another, the world’s most famous golfer on the mend is a perfect match for India’s ambitious Hero MotoCorp, one of the world’s largest motorcycle makers. Which is why Hero hired former world...
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it has become impossible to lead the government with the current coalition. Photo: Reuters

    Netanyahu sacks two ministers, seeks early election

    Dec 3, 2014 10:15am
    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has fired his finance and justice ministers as he declared his intention to dissolve the parliament and trigger an early general election. Netanyahu said Yair Lapid and Tzipi Livni have been harshly attacking...
  • A shortage of properties in Britain has been pushing house prices nearly 10 percent higher nationally in the past year, and twice that in London. Photo: Bloomberg

    Britain to bypass developers in push to build homes

    Dec 3, 2014 9:42am
    The British government will pay contractors directly to build houses on a former military base in eastern England in a bid to ease a housing shortage. The trial scheme, announced on Tuesday, will effectively cut out...
  • Lebanon is said to be holding a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, seen here in this file photo, after detaining them at a border crossing. Credit: Reuters

    Lebanon detains wife of Islamic State chief

    Dec 3, 2014 8:55am
    Lebanon has detained a wife and daughter of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi at a border crossing nine days ago, Reuters quoted Lebanese military officials as saying Tuesday. They were detained in northern Lebanon after...
  • California hired Gao Yuanyuan to promote the state on Weibo in China. Photo: FT

    US goes all out to woo Chinese tourists

    Dec 3, 2014 8:40am
    Chinese tourists are the world’s most numerous, and the US travel industry is rolling out the red carpet for them, the Financial Times reported. About 114 million mainland Chinese are expected to travel abroad this year,...
  • Pope Francis signs a book during an interfaith summit at the Vatican where world religious leaders pledged to help end modern slavery. Photo Reuters

    Vatican summit vows to help end modern slavery

    Dec 3, 2014 8:29am
    World religious leaders have pledged to help stamp out modern slavery and trafficking by 2020. Pope Francis joined Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and Christian leaders in signing a declaration in which they called forced labor, prostitution and...
  • China's naval superiority is rattling its neighbors including India which is ramping up its naval program amid increased Chinese submarine activity in the Indian Ocean. Photo: VOA News

    India boosts navy amid increased China patrols in Indian Ocean

    Dec 3, 2014 8:14am
    India is beefing up its navy and looking to its neighbors to help curb China’s increased submarine activity in the Indian Ocean. The move comes just months after a stand-off along the disputed border dividing India and...
  • The South Korean trawler sank in treacherous waters in the Bering Sea on Monday. Seven people have been rescued and one confirmed dead. Photo: Internet

    Search continues for 52 missing from Korean boat sinking

    Dec 2, 2014 11:29am
    Rescuers are scouring rough, icy waters off the Russian coast for 52 missing people from a sunken South Korean fishing boat, the Wall Stret Journal reported Tuesday. The 2,153-ton trawler Oryong 501 sank on Monday in...
  • Conflict minerals are a source of anguish in many countries. In theory, natural resources should contribute to national development. Photo: Internet

    How conflict resources are funding rights abuses

    - Dec 2, 2014 11:15am
    “That diamond upon your finger, say how came it yours?” asks Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. “Thou’lt torture me,” responds the villainous Iachimo, “to leave unspoken that which, to be spoke, would torture thee.” The story behind certain parts...
  • Syrians stand on muddy ground at a refugee camp in Lebanon. Photo: Reuters

    UN runs out of funds to feed Syrian refugees

    Dec 2, 2014 9:52am
    More than 1.7 million Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt are facing a hungry winter, the Guardian reported. The UN World Food Program has run out of funds to issue food vouchers to...
  • A nurse hands a red ribbon to a woman to mark World AIDS Day. British scientists say HIV is becoming less deadly. Photo: Reuters

    British scientists: HIV evolving into milder form

    Dec 2, 2014 9:12am
    HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is becoming less deadly and less infectious, according to a major scientific study. The virus, responsible for millions of deaths worldwide, is being “watered down” as it adapts to the...
  • Germany's working-age population is expected to shrink by 6.3 million by 2030. Already, the looming skills deficit is costing the economy US$27 billion a year. Photo: Reuters

    Germany faces ticking time bomb in skills shortage

    Dec 2, 2014 8:55am
    Germany is facing a crippling labor shortage as its working-age population continues to dwindle. By 2030, the workforce is expected to shrink by 6.3 million and by 2060, the country will have no more than 70...
  • A Piquadro handbag boasts a 'Made in Italy' tag. Photo: Reuters

    European firms moving home as wages in China rise

    Dec 2, 2014 8:35am
    After years of moving production to Asia, some European companies are shifting it home, Reuters reported. But while firms like Italian leather goods maker Piquadro SpA have boosted production at home, the two-decade-long trend of “offshoring”...

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