Nuns hold Indian flags and a picture of new Indian saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara before a canonisation ceremony led by Pope Francis, to make saints out of six men and women, in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope declares sainthood of two Indians, four Italians

Pope Francis conferred sainthood on two Indians and four Italians on Sunday, praising their "creative" commitment to helping the poor. Francis added to the roster of Catholic saints a Keralan mystic nun, an Indian priest and social reformer, the former Bishop of Vicenza, and three members of the Franciscan order.  Full Article 

Suicide bomber kills 45 at volleyball match in Afghanistan 23 Nov 2014

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber killed 45 people at a volleyball match in Afghanistan on Sunday, a provincial official said, as foreign troops withdraw from the country after more than a decade of fighting.

A bronze bull sculpture is seen as an employee walks out of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

Ride the bull ... for now

The dream run continued for a fourth week with the Nifty closing at a life-time high of 8,477, supported by the banking sector which rallied 2.7 percent for the week. The markets are driven by sentiment and belief of a better economy going ahead, coupled with “risk on” trades. India looks the most promising among emerging markets, while most other economies are struggling.   Full Article 

Indian army soldier walks past a Sweden made 155 mm Bofors artillery gun during Vijay Diwas or victory day celebration in Drass, about 160 km (99 miles) east of Srinagar July 26, 2007.  REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli/Files
Defence

India approves $2.6 bln mounted gun purchase

India approved the purchase of 814 mounted gun systems for the army at a cost of 157.5 billion rupees, a defence ministry spokesman said. India, already the world's largest arms importer, is in the midst of a $100 billion defence upgrade. In October, the new government approved long-delayed projects worth $13 billion to modernise hardware and boost the domestic defence industry.  Full Article 

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain celebrates after winning the world championship following the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

Hamilton takes second F1 title in style

Lewis Hamilton joined the elite ranks of double Formula One world champions on Sunday after a nerve-racking drive to victory in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. The 29-year-old became Britain's first multiple champion since Jackie Stewart in 1971 and only the country's fourth.  Full Article | Related Story 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif (R) and EU envoy Catherine Ashton pose for photographers before a meeting in Vienna November 22, 2014.  REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
Iran Nuclear Talks

Iran, powers set to miss nuclear talks deadline

Iran, the United States and other world powers are all but certain to miss Monday's deadline for negotiations to resolve a 12-year stand-off over Tehran's atomic ambitions, forcing them to seek an extension, sources say.  Full Article 

Switzerland's Roger Federer (2ndR) reacts as he stands between Stanislas Wawrinka (C) and Davis Cup tennis team captain Severin Luthi (R) as they pose with teammates after winning the Davis Cup tennis tournament final match against France at the Pierre-Mauroy stadium in Villeneuve d'Ascq, near Lille, November 23, 2014.   REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes
Davis Cup

Federer seals first Davis Cup for Switzerland

Roger Federer produced a vintage performance to crush Richard Gasquet 6-4 6-2 6-2 and seal Switzerland's maiden Davis Cup title with a 3-1 win over hosts France on Sunday.  Full Article 

(L-R) Actresses Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Banks and Natalie Dormer attend the photocall for 'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1', in London, November 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Paul Hackett

'Hunger Games' tops U.S. box office

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" tallied $123 million in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts and score the year's biggest U.S. opening, according to studio estimates. The third installment of the blockbuster "Hunger Games" action movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence added a further $152 million at overseas box offices for a global opening weekend tally of $275 million.  Full Article 

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Bulgari Chief Executive Officer Jean-Christophe Babin points at a photographer during the Bulgari 130th anniversary party in Tokyo May 29, 2014. REUTERS/Yuya Shino/Files

Bulgari CEO: we shouldn’t have left India so we’re back

Bulgari should never have left India three years ago, so it’s coming back, the chief executive of the Italian luxury jewellery and accessories company said in an interview. According to a survey, India’s luxury market is around $14 bln. Experts say India is the fastest-growing market for luxury goods, expected to grow higher than China in the next four years.  Interview 

How to get India’s exports back on track

How to get India’s exports back on track

The contraction of exports by 5 percent in October will pull down industrial growth and bloat current account deficit. The fall in exports may not be due to a chance fluctuation but a warning of things to come. There are strong reasons to suggest India’s export woes are due to worldwide trends which need to be understood so that the country can benefit from them.  Full Article 

Tribal fighters take part in a military training to prepare for fighting against Islamic State militants, at the Ain al-Assad military base in Anbar province November 15, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

Seven unlikely events in the fight against Islamic State, and their likely outcomes

When assessing events on the ground — particularly in dynamic situations like Iraq and Syria — it is devilishly difficult to determine if and when a game-changing event will occur. We’ve identified five black swans — high-impact but low-probability events that could alter the course of the conflict.   Commentary 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd R) attends a reception with members of German carnival societies at the Chancellery in Berlin February 18, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/Files

And the world’s favorite country is … Germany?

Germany, it appears, is the most respected country in the world. According to the Nation Brands Index, Germany deposed the hitherto reigning champion, the Unites States. I’m amazed the U.S. was number one up until now. Anti-Americanism is rampant and I would have guessed that Switzerland or Sweden or some other rich but harmless country would top the list instead.  Commentary