U.S. President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) talk as they have coffee and tea together in the gardens of Hyderabad House in New Delhi January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

Obama announces nuclear "breakthrough" on India trip

In a glow of bonhomie, U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a breakthrough on nuclear trade on Sunday, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership.  Read | In pics: Barack Obama in India 

A man walks past a burnt-out vehicle after a shelling by pro-Russian rebels of a residential sector in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Ukraine

Ukraine says 30 dead in attack on key port

Pro-Russian rebels launched an offensive against the strategic port of Mariupol in eastern Ukraine on Saturday, prompting the European Union's foreign policy chief to warn of a further "grave deterioration" in EU-Russian relations.  Full Article 

A police officer stands guard in front of a store that was looted during violent protests in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo January 23, 2015. REUTERS/Rey Byhre

Congo to drop controversial part of election law

Democratic Republic of Congo's lawmakers will remove part of an electoral reform bill the opposition says was aimed at keeping President Joseph Kabila in power, the head of the national assembly said on Saturday.  Full Article 

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa to win their men's singles fourth round match at the Australian Open 2015 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 25, 2015. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Australian Open

Nadal, Sharapova charge into quarters

Former champions Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova charged into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday, as the guardians of the tennis establishment crushed the grand slam dreams of upstart challengers.  Full Article | Bouchard ready to be tested by Sharapova  

Actress Sienna Miller (L), director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper ( R) arrive for the premiere of the film "American Sniper" in New York, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Group says film spurs threats against Muslims

An Arab-American civil rights organization has asked "American Sniper" director Clint Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper to denounce hateful language directed at U.S. Arabs and Muslims after the release of the film about a Navy marksman.  Full Article 

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo is seen during their Spanish First Division soccer match against Cordoba at El Arcangel stadium in Cordoba, January 24, 2015. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo
Soccer

Ronaldo off in Real win as Barca hit six

Cristiano Ronaldo was sent off for kicking out at an opponent but Real Madrid still beat Cordoba 2-1 away on Saturday while Barcelona kept on their heels with a 6-0 romp at Elche.  Full Article 

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Author Jhumpa Lahiri poses with her novel "The Lowland", ahead of the 2014 Bailey's Women's Prize for Fiction in London June 4, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall/Files

Lahiri scoops $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian fiction

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri won the DSC Prize for South Asian fiction on Thursday, the third straight year a writer of Indian origin has carried off the annual $50,000 prize that recognises the region's top literary talent. Lahiri, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2000, was the best-known author on a shortlist of five writers with her entry "The Lowland," a tale of brothers bound by tragedy.  Read 

'The Red Sari'

Sonia Gandhi.

Attempts to block book on Sonia Gandhi only fuelled interest - author

Efforts by the Congress party to block the publication of a "dramatized" biography of president Sonia Gandhi only stoked interest in the book, said author Javier Moro. "The Red Sari", the English translation of the 2008 Spanish-language "El sari rojo", hit bookstands in India seven months after the party was ousted after a decade in power.  Full Article 

Climate feels right for certain deals in Davos

Climate feels right for certain deals in Davos

Global business leaders and bankers convene this week for the World Economic Forum fresh off a $3.5 trillion year of mergers, the biggest tally of the post-financial crisis era. While the momentum creates an ideal climate for corporate dealmaking, it’s less clear the atmosphere is conducive to strike the more important political accords for which Davos has become renowned.  Full Article 

Andy Mukherjee

Asia’s big demons: debt, deflation, demographics

Asia is battling not one but three demons. The unholy trinity of debt, deflation and demographics threatens to sap the region’s growth potential. Fending off the challenge requires central banks to cut borrowing costs. But they are reluctant to do so when U.S. interest rates are poised to rise. That could turn out to be a huge error.  Full Article 

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