Mohan Bhagwat, chief of India's Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), addresses a rally in Kolkata December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

Challenging Modi, RSS to go ahead with conversions

Mohan Bhagwat, the head of India's most powerful Hindu group, vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the PM's economic reform agenda.  Full Article 

Seoul prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear plant operator 12:57pm IST

SEOUL - Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation of a leak of non-critical data at South Korea's nuclear power operator, the prosecutors' office said on Sunday, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyberattacks from North Korea.

A pair of flip-flops are left on a small wooden boat that ferries villagers and tourists from Ban Nam Khem December 14, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
Ten Years On

Tsunami warning stumbles at the "last mile"

As the tenth anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami disaster approaches, experts and officials say weaknesses remain across the region in a system which had been designed to warn people and get them to safer areas.   Full Article 

Flipkart raises $700 million in fresh funding
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Flipkart raises $700 million in fresh funding

Flipkart, India's largest online retailer, said it had raised funding worth $700 million, as it tries to compete with Amazon, which is rapidly scaling up operations in the country. Flipkart, founded in 2007, has been in talks in recent weeks to raise up to $1 billion. Popular for selling books and electronics online, Flipkart operates as a marketplace that allows third-party vendors to sell products.  Article 

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali (L) gestures next to Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria (R) in this file photo taken in Miami, Florida April 4, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity/Files

Muhammad Ali hospitalized with pneumonia

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali has been hospitalized with pneumonia and is expected to recover because the illness was caught early, a spokesman said on Saturday.  Full Article 

India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni warms up during a training session at Lord's cricket ground in London July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

India's new vintage nearly ready, says Dhoni

"I think there are plenty of positives because we have been able to take wickets," MS Dhoni said. "You can see there are plenty of areas where we are improving but we haven't crossed the line yet. It a bit like a wine that is brewing, we need to give it a bit more time.   Full Article 

An ambulance carrying one of the two New York Police officers who were shot dead passes by a New York Fire Department honor guard along Broadway in the Brooklyn borough of New York, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Gunman kills two NYC police officers

A gunman ambushed and fatally shot two New York City police officers on Saturday and then killed himself, police said, and a social media post indicated it may have been in revenge for the police chokehold death of an unarmed black man.  Article 

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A SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

SpiceJet rescue is no fix for India aviation woes

SpiceJet’s woes are all too familiar. India is cajoling banks to lend to the country’s second largest single-brand carrier when the debt-ridden airline needs more equity. The government’s hope is to save jobs and prevent a repeat of the failure of Kingfisher Airlines. Even if the rescue works, exorbitant fuel taxes and lack of a bankruptcy law will keep the industry stuck in an air pocket.  Full Article 

The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone.

Uber’s law flouting could bring joyride to a halt

Uber’s law flouting could bring its joyride to a screeching halt. The taxi app company is covering its drivers’ fines for illegally picking up passengers. That may be just another business expense to a firm that earned a $40 billion valuation by moving quickly and breaking the rules. But the legal, lobbying and public relations costs of reckless behavior are accelerating fast.  Full Article 

Mohamad Bazzi

Saudi Arabia is playing chicken with its oil

Saudi Arabia is once again using its “oil weapon”. The kingdom has two targets in its latest oil war: it is trying to squeeze U.S. shale oil - which requires higher prices to remain competitive with conventional production - out of the market. More broadly, the Saudis are also punishing two rivals, Russia and Iran, for their support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war.  Commentary