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 

National Guard soldiers stand in formation outside the Ferguson Police Department following a night of rioting in Ferguson, Missouri November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
Ferguson Teen Shooting Verdict

More U.S. troops to guard against fresh riots

Missouri's governor ordered hundreds more National Guard troops to a St. Louis suburb rocked by rioting and looting after a grand jury declined to indict a policeman in the Ferguson case  Story | Pics 

Smoke rises after what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Nour Fourat

Syrian govt air strikes kill 63 in Raqqa: group

At least 63 people, half of them civilians, were killed when Syrian war planes struck the northeastern city of Raqqa on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.  Full Article 

A visitor walks past a Microsoft booth at a computer software expo in Beijing, June 2, 2010. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Microsoft to pay China $140 mln for tax evasion

China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. firms.  Full Article 

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring a goal against APOEL Nicosia during their Champions League Group F soccer match in Nicosia November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Andreas Manolis
Soccer

Messi treble sets Champions League record

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi set a Champions League scoring record of 74 goals when he netted a hat-trick in Tuesday's 4-0 Group F win at APOEL Nicosia.  Full Article | Messi greatest player: coach 

Actor Shia LaBeouf (L) appears in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York November 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Jefferson Siegel/Pool/Files

LaBeouf in court in disorderly conduct case

Actor Shia LaBeouf made a brief appearance in a New York court on Tuesday to show he was in compliance with a treatment program after he pleaded guilty in September to a disorderly conduct violation.  Story 

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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 

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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 

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