Kerry to woo Modi's India, but quick progress unlikely

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visits India this week as Washington tries to revitalize ties it sees as a counterbalance to China's rising power, but rapid progress is unlikely, despite the reformist reputation of India's new leader.

Asian stocks reach three-year peak, China holds gains 8:18am IST

SYDNEY - Asian shares touched fresh three-year highs on Tuesday as investors in the region drew encouragement from a rally in Chinese markets, though caution was widespread given the torrent of U.S. economic news still to come this week.

Israeli soldiers take positions near Kibbutz Nahal Oz, outside the northern Gaza Strip, during a gun battle July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Militants kill five Israeli soldiers in Gaza

Gaza militants who crossed into Israel via a tunnel killed five Israeli soldiers in a gun battle near the community of Nahal Oz close to the border with the Gaza Strip, the military said on Tuesday.  Full Article 

Protesters hold masks depicting former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden during a demonstration in Berlin May 22, 2014. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz/Files

U.S. spying threatens press freedom - report

Large-scale U.S. surveillance programs are making it more difficult for government officials to speak to the press anonymously, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a joint report on Monday.  Full Article 

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks next to U.S. President Barack Obama (R) as they arrive for the family picture event during the G20 summit in St.Petersburg September 6, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files

U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty

In another sign of deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Russia, the U.S. government said that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate talks.  Full Article 

England's Jos Buttler (R) is bowled for 85 runs as India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni looks on during the third cricket test match at the Rose Bowl cricket ground, Southampton, England July 28, 2014.  REUTERS/Philip Brown

Bell recaptures form as England punish India

Ian Bell returned to form with a superb 167 to help England strengthen their dominant position over India on the second day of the third test on Monday  Story | Moeen probed after sporting 'Save Gaza' wristbands 

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

Ebola: Nigeria isolates hospital, Obama briefed

The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. An administration official said President Barack Obama was receiving updates, and noted that U.S. agencies had stepped up assistance to help contain the virus.   Full Article 

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A demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest in Bangalore July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Woman branded witch, stripped, paraded naked

Thomson Reuters Foundation - A 60-year-old woman was beaten, stripped and tied to an electricity pole in a village in Odisha after local people accused her of being a witch, police said. Villagers in Mayurbhanj district blamed the death of an 18-year-old boy on the woman, saying she had practised witchcraft on him, although medical records showed he died of malaria.  Article 


Visitors walk past TV sets during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in at the DNS electronic shop in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/Files

Meet Vladimir Putin’s homophobic, vitriolic, charismatic master of propaganda

Russian President’s popularity has soared at home in the wake of his actions in Ukraine – and the masterful spin his intervention has been given. The joy that greeted his seizure of Crimea was due, at least in part, to a propaganda system more virulent than its Soviet predecessor. At the center of the system is a journalist called Dmitry Kiselyev.  Read 

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Ex-Supreme Court judge Katju stirs the pot

Comments by retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju had parliament in uproar. In a blog post published by the Times of India, the chairman of Press Council of India hinted at a connection between the government and judiciary in the elevation of an allegedly corrupt judge. This isn’t the first time that the man heading India’s print media oversight body has stirred the pot.  Full Article 

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

Plagiarism is dumb. Thinking you’ll get away with it is dumber.

You write a paper? It and all of its sources are on the Internet. You got caught running a red light one night in some godforsaken little town 25 yrs ago? Anyone who doesn’t like you can find the police record. You had a really messy divorce from your childhood sweetheart? Said sweetheart is going to be Googled, located, interviewed and offered a publishing deal.  Read 

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

Some people watch When Harry Met Sally… for the happy ending, the moment when friends finally decide that they want “the sex thing” to get in the way, then decide to get married and spend the rest of their lives together. In initial drafts of the script, they stayed friends, and I think I’d have preferred it that way.  Commentary