Nepalese police stand guard on an overhead bridge as pedestrians walk past outside a venue where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a conference in Kathmandu November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

China looms over SAARC summit in the Himalayas

China's advance has been aided by bickering between India and Pakistan that stymies almost all attempts at integration in a region that is home to a fifth of the world's population but has barely any shared roads, fuel pipes or power lines.  Story | Pics: SAARC summit 

India's laggard state lenders face tough sell on capital raising plan 2:46am IST

MUMBAI - India's state-run banks face major obstacles in their plans to raise as much as $60 billion in new capital over the next few years, with investors sceptical about the prospects for most of them and workers wary of the government's grip loosening.

A relative of a woman who underwent sterilisation surgery at a government mass sterilisation camp, sleeps outside a hospital ward at Bilaspur district in Chhattisgarh November 15, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
India Sterilisation Camps

Targets remain in all but name, critics say

India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilisation programme in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently. Twenty years on and targets remain in all but name, say doctors, healthcare workers and family planning experts.  Full Article 

India orders culling after outbreaks in Kerala
Bird Flu

India orders culling after outbreaks in Kerala

India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday. The virus itself killed about 15,000 infected ducks in Kottayam and another 500 in nearby Alappuzha, the first cases of the disease in the country since February this year, the Paris-based OIE reported on its website.  Story 

Voters line up to cast their votes outside a polling station during the first phase of the Jammu and Kashmir state assembly elections at Lar, east of Srinagar November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Ismail
J&K Election

Kashmiris turn out to vote as BJP bids for power

Voters lined up at polling stations in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, ignoring a boycott call by separatists, to elect an assembly that the ruling nationalists are hoping to take control of for the first time. Elections in the state are usually marked by the country's lowest turn-out and heavy militant violence.  Full Article 

Police officers advance on demonstrators during a demonstration following the grand jury decision in the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, in Oakland, California November 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Stephen Lam
Ferguson Teen Shooting Verdict

St. Louis suburb smoulders after riots

The St. Louis area was braced for another day of protests on Tuesday after a grand jury cleared a white police officer in the fatal August shooting of an unarmed black teenager, sparking a night of violent and racially charged rioting.  Article | Video: Prosecutor explains ruling 

U.S. troops inspect at the site of a suicide attack on the outskirts of Jalalabad, November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Parwiz

More U.S. troops than planned in Afghanistan

The United States is preparing to increase the number of troops it keeps in Afghanistan in 2015 to fill a gap left in the NATO mission by other contributing nations, according to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation.  Full Article 

Pro-Russian separatists from the rebel Interior ministry attend an oath-taking ceremony in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, October 25, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

Russia sends more support for rebels: Ukraine

Ukraine levelled fresh charges on Tuesday that Russia was sending support to pro-Russian separatists in the east, saying that five columns of heavy equipment were seen crossing onto Ukrainian territory on Monday.  Full Article 

Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal leaves the hospital after appendicitis surgery in Barcelona November 5, 2014.    REUTERS/Gustau Nacarino

Nadal will surprise us again, says Kuerten

Three-times French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten knows what it is like to have a career plagued by injury but believes Rafael Nadal will come back strong from his latest ailments.  Full Article 

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Cracked land is seen at Guarapiranga reservoir, during a drought in Sao Paulo November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil’s epic water crisis a global wake-up call

One of the world’s biggest cities is running out of water. Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, could run dry within weeks. The humanitarian and economic cost would be immense. The fiasco should be a global wake-up call for other metropolises. The immediate cause of the crisis is a year-long drought.  Full Article 

An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind.  Commentary 


China monetary policy enters difficult adolescence

China’s economy is in the throes of financial adolescence. If all credit in China still came from banks, a reduction in the benchmark rate set by the People’s Bank of China would benefit most borrowers. In the past few years, however, China has sprouted all kinds of new ways to save and borrow that don’t respond predictably to the central bank’s orders.  Full Article