Nepalese dig with bare hands for quake survivors,1,900 killed

People search for family members trapped inside collapsed houses a day after an earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal April 26, 2015. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Rescuers dug with their bare hands and bodies piled up in Nepal on Sunday after an earthquake devastated the heavily crowded Kathmandu valley, killing at least 1,900, and triggered a deadly avalanche on Mt Everest. In Everest's worst disaster, the bodies of 17 climbers were recovered from the mountain on Sunday.  Full Article | Pictures 

Picture taken from Ford Foundation's Twitter handle
Under Scanner: Greenpeace, Ford Foundation

U.S. concerned over action against NGOs

The United States has expressed concern that India's crackdown on the activities of the Ford Foundation and Greenpeace India could limit "necessary and critical debate" in the world's largest democracy and is seeking "clarification". U.S. State Department spokeswoman said Washington was "concerned about the difficulties caused to civil society organizations" by the way the FCRA had been applied.  Story 

Ferdinand Piech, Chairman of the Board of German car giant Volkswagen AG, opens the company's annual shareholder meeting in Hamburg April 24, 2008. REUTERS/Christian Charisius/Files
Leadership Row

Ruthless VW patriarch overplays last hand

Ferdinand Piech's iron-fisted rule over Volkswagen helped him build an empire spanning fuel-efficient city cars to 40-tonne trucks, but in the end he overplayed his hand and was forced out before reaching his goal of making VW the world's biggest carmaker.  Newsmaker 

A man touches a display of the Global Solar Energy's PowerFLEX BIPV, a flexible solar module, at the fourth International Photovoltaic Power Generation (PV) Expo in Tokyo March 2, 2011. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/Files

Solar power shaking up global energy

One by one, Japan is turning off the lights at the giant oil-fired power plants that propelled it to the ranks of the world's top industrialised nations. With nuclear power in the doldrums after the Fukushima disaster, it's solar energy that is becoming the alternative. Investors are also re-discovering solar, with the global solar index up 40 pct, lifting it out of a slump following the 2008-09 financial crisis.  Story 

U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to the monologue by Saturday Night Live comedian Cecily Strong at the 2015 White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washington April 25, 2015. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Obama pokes fun at political friends, foes

At the gathering he jokingly called "a night when Washington celebrates itself," U.S. President Barack Obama took light-hearted aim on Saturday at a range of political friends and foes.  Full Article | Video 

Cricket - West Indies v England - Second Test - National Cricket Ground, Grenada - 25/4/15 England's James Anderson celebrates the wicket of Marlon Samuels Action Images via Reuters / Jason O'Brien Livepic

England win after fairytale day for Anderson

A devastating spell from seam bowler James Anderson set England up for a nine-wicket triumph in the second test against West Indies on Saturday.  Full Article | Cook hails outstanding Anderson 

Latest Headlines

Internet cafe in Hong Kong

China’s crackdown on cyber security: A guide for the perplexed

China is cracking down on cyber security. Demanding new banking regulations and draft counter-terrorism legislation could make it harder for foreign companies to compete in the People’s Republic. But even though domestic players should benefit, they are far from happy. Breakingviews attempts to crack the code.  Full Article 

Una Galani

Daiichi Sankyo scrubs out Indian M&A nightmare

Daiichi Sankyo has emerged from a long spell of infirmity in India with its financial faculties just about intact. The Japanese group’s 2008 purchase of a stake in Ranbaxy was once a fable about overseas expansion gone wrong. By knowing when to quit, and riding on India’s market exuberance, Daiichi has got itself to a position of being able to exit without shouldering big losses.  Full Article 

Souvenir plates bearing the images of China’s President Xi Jinping and China’s late Chairman Mao Zedong. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Why China’s President Xi Jinping isn’t Mao 2.0

For the past two years Western media characterized Xi Jinping as either an authoritarian or a neo-authoritarian. Recently, the New Yorker described him as “China’s most authoritarian leader since Mao.” A Newsweek contributor opined, “Xi is leading China away from democracy.” But they’re wrong, writes Andrew Hammond.  Commentary 

Next Deepwater Horizon-scale oil spill could be caused by cyber attack

Next Deepwater Horizon-scale oil spill could be caused by cyber attack

April 20th marks the fifth anniversary of the landmark Deepwater Horizon disaster that saw millions of gallons of crude oil leak into the Gulf of Mexico. Yet despite the cost to its reputation, BP had leased the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig, is emerging more strongly than some anticipated in the wake of the spill.  Read 

Pick of the Week

A residential building in central Mumbai January 28, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Maharashtra needs over $200 bln to house its poorest

Maharashtra, India's wealthiest and most urbanised state, needs more than $200 billion in fresh investment by 2022 if it is to solve a chronic shortage of affordable housing in its fast-growing cities, a report by consultants KPMG found.  Full Article