Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) listens to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the Global Business Summit in New Delhi January 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Modi passes budget test despite lack of dazzle

India's reform-minded prime minister, Narendra Modi, appears to have passed a major test with a budget that pleased economists and investors with pledges to spend more on modernising India's ageing roads and railways while keeping borrowing in check.  Full Article 

Islamic State releases 19 Christians, more than 200 still captive - monitor 01 Mar 2015

BEIRUT - Islamic State released 19 Assyrian Christian captives in Syria on Sunday after processing them through a sharia court, a monitoring group which tracks the conflict said.

Bangladesh pays tribute to U.S. blogger killed in machete attack
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Bangladesh pays tribute to killed U.S. blogger

Bangladeshis gathered on Sunday to pay tribute to a U.S. blogger and critic of religious extremism who was killed in Dhaka, in the latest of a series of attacks on writers in the Muslim-majority nation. Avijit Roy, a U.S. citizen of Bangladeshi origin, was hacked to death by machete-wielding assailants on Thursday after a book fair.  Full Article 

Zimbabwe's Craig Ervine is struck by a short delivery from Pakistan's Mohammad Irfan during their Cricket World Cup match at the Gabba in Brisbane March 1, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Pakistan pacer Irfan bounces out Zimbabwe

Mohammad Irfan extracted steep bounce from the Gabba pitch to pick up four wickets as Pakistan secured their first victory at the World Cup by beating Zimbabwe by 20 runs on Sunday.  Article | Full Coverage 

People lay down flowers at the site, where Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov was murdered on Friday night, during a march to commemorate him in central Moscow March 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
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Russians march in memory of murdered critic

Tens of thousands of Russians marched through central Moscow on Sunday, carrying banners declaring "I am not afraid" and chanting "Russia without Putin" in memory of murdered Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov.  Full Article 

A Yuen Long resident is taken away by a policeman during a confrontation with masked protesters, who are demonstrating against mainland traders, at Yuen Long district near the border with mainland China in Hong Kong March 1, 2015.  REUTERS/Bobby Yip
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Three held at Hong Kong anti-China protest

At least three people were arrested as a group of about 400 people in Hong Kong clashed with police in the latest sign of ongoing tensions caused by China's influence in the city.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: A visitor holds a new Samsung Galaxy Note Edge (top) smartphone next to another device at the Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event ahead of the IFA Electronics show in Berlin, September 3, 2014.    REUTERS/Hannibal Hanschke/Files

Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones

Samsung unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim its throne as undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc.  Full Article 

Cast member Will Smith poses at the premiere of Focus at the TCL Chinese theatre in Hollywood, California February 24, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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"Focus" opens with $19.1 mln to win box office

Will Smith's new action drama "Focus" booted the kinky sex tale "Fifty Shades of Grey" for its perch atop U.S. and Canadian weekend box office charts, racking up $19.1 million in ticket sales. "Kingsman: The Secret Service", which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Colin Firth about a spy agency's training program and a global threat by a tech genius, also outpaced "Grey" to claim second place.  Article | Top Films 

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Mohammed Emwazi

The horror of ‘Jihadi John’ and the ‘Jihadi Janes’

Young men and women become radicalized in the quiet of their bedroom, sitting before a computer screen, often after they’ve done their homework. For all the efforts to counter it – increasingly by Muslim activists, scholars, parents, teachers – the digitalized hatred grows. There are many, many, would-be Jihadi Johns – and Jihadi Janes.  Commentary 

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Paul Donovan

A global lesson from Europe

“The euro area is in crisis” is not the most thrilling way to open an article. The region is seemingly always in crisis, resembling an opera by Wagner – very, very long, with lots of wailing and melodrama, generally conducted in German. The perpetual round of emergency summits and last-minute deals is something investors have had to get used to.  Full Article 

David Wise

How much does it cost to watch a suspected militant? Lots.

Surveillance is a double-edged tool. Catching terrorists is vital to protect the country. But we also want to live in a society where liberty and security are balanced, and the government does not follow people around without good reason. From that perspective, the high cost and difficulty of maintaining a continuous surveillance on a suspect may not be entirely bad in a democracy.  Opinion 

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