A masked Islamic State militant speaks next to a man purported to be U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff at an unknown location in this still image from an undated second video posted on a social media website. REUTERS/SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE VIA REUTERS TV

Islamic state issues video of beheading of U.S. hostage

The Islamic State released a video purporting to show the beheading of American hostage Steven Sotloff, a monitoring service said, as the militant group raised the stakes in its confrontation with Washington over U.S. air strikes on its fighters in Iraq.  Full Article 

Malaysia's Maxis denies wrongdoing after police charges 02 Sep 2014

MUMBAI - Malaysia's Maxis Communications Bhd, charged by Indian police in a telecoms scandal, denied any wrongdoing and said it would "vigorously" pursue all available legal remedies to defend itself and one of its directors.

A bronze bull sculpture is seen as an employee walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai August 22, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

BSE Sensex surges past 27,000 to record high

The Sensex surged past the psychologically key level of 27,000 to a third consecutive record high as blue-chips such as HDFC Bank gained after recent data raised hopes about the economy. The BSE milestone comes a day after the broader Nifty surpassed the 8,000 level for the first time, providing a further psychological lift that has made India the best performer this year in Asian equities.  Full Article 

India's Ajinkya Rahane hits a four during the fourth one-day international cricket match against England at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, England, September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)
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India crush feeble England to clinch series

Shikhar Dhawan smashed a six to seal a crushing nine-wicket victory over hapless England in the fourth one-day international in Birmingham on Tuesday.  Full Article 

Women ride two-wheeled self-balancing scooters past the Indian Defence Ministry, in New Delhi December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Segway’s India unit pegs hope on Modi

Among the companies hoping for tax credits from the business-friendly BJP since its election victory in May is the Indian distributor of the Segway Personal Transporter. The company hopes that the government will recognise the battery-run two-wheeler as a green vehicle, a move that could spur sales of the expensive device in a country where many people today cannot afford it.  Full Article 

A Ukrainian military vehicle is seen near Kramatorsk September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

EU proposes tough sanctions, rebels advance

European officials proposed sweeping new sanctions on Tuesday to starve Russia's companies of capital and technology as punishment for Moscow's intervention in Ukraine, where Kiev officials said Russia was bolstering an "invasion" force.  Full Article 

An anti-government protester walks past tents of her follow protesters as they camp at the premises of the parliament house during the Revolution March in Islamabad September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Pakistan crisis deepens, parliament backs PM

Pakistan's parliament threw its weight behind embattled Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday as a deepening crisis over violent protests demanding his resignation prompted fears of an army intervention.  Full Article 

Director Shinya Tsukamoto (C) poses with cast members Lily Franky (L) and Tatsuya Nakamura during the photo call for the movie "Nobi" (Fires on the plain) at the 71st Venice Film Festival September 2, 2014. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Japanese anti-war film is a contender at Venice

One of the most powerful and violent films to be shown at the Venice Film Festival this year, Japanese director Shinya Tsukamoto's "Nobi" delivers a stinging anti-war message bathed in blood.  Full Article 

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A worker repairs a vessel at a ship repair yard in Mumbai May 2, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Where the growth in Q1 came from

GDP growth of 5.7 percent in the April-June quarter was unexpected in view of the southward drift of India’s economy over the past two years. No wonder it pepped up the government at a time when the ruling coalition is listing its achievements after 100 days in office. The question is where this growth came from and whether it will be sustained in future.  Full Article 

Handout of “Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience”

Reema Abbasi and a glimpse of Pakistan’s Hindu past

“Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience” is a book-length attempt to record in pictures the history of an Islamic country’s Hindu past, especially as extremist activity mounts against Pakistan’s religious and ethnic minorities, including Ahmadis, Christians, Sikhs and Shia Muslims.  Full Article 

Nita Bhalla

The suicide letters that symbolise India’s misguided shame

Shame. It’s a word I often hear when speaking to women in India, where a combination of patriarchy, misogyny and extreme conservatism makes women feel ashamed of the crimes being committed against them. They are ashamed of being sexually harassed, ashamed for being molested and ashamed after suffering a beating.  Full Article 

Andy Mukherjee

Supreme Court order adds urgency to India’s coal crunch

The two-decades-old practice of selectively allocating mines to metal, cement and power producers is illegal, the court ruled. The judges have not yet decided what punishment to hand out. But investors are prepared for the worst, and for good reason: two years ago, the court cancelled the underpriced sale of telecom spectrum, quashing all 122 licenses in one go.  Full Article 

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