A man looks at a screen across the road displaying the Sensex on the facade of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai February 6, 2014. REUTERS/Mansi Thapliyal/Files

Sensex, Nifty hit record high after China, ECB stimulus

The BSE Sensex and Nifty surged to record highs on Monday, tracking Asian peers which jumped on the prospect of further policy stimulus in China and Europe.  Full Article 

Brent climbs above $80.50 after China rate cuts; OPEC meet eyed 1:10pm IST

SINGAPORE - Brent crude futures rose above $80.50 a barrel on Monday ahead of a meeting of the producer group OPEC at which an output cut will be discussed, while China's move to lower interest rates late last week also underpinned prices.

The tapestry with the image of new Indian saint Mother Euphrasia Eluvathingal is seen during 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
Religion

Pope makes two Indians and four Italians saints

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.  Video | Full Article 

Waseem Iqbal poses for a photograph in Birmingham, central England November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Insight: Britain

Tug of peace stronger than pull of war for many

For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain. From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East. In Jordan, they will bring food packages for Syrian refugees. For authorities struggling to prevent young Muslims from joining wars, understanding what drives these men is key.  Read 

The Soyuz TMA-15M spacecraft carrying the International Space Station crew of Anton Shkaplerov of Russia, Terry Virts of the U.S. and Samantha Cristoforetti of Italy blasts off from the launch pad at the Baikonur cosmodrome November 24, 2014. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov

Multi-national crew reaches space station

A Russian Soyuz rocket blasted off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazahkstan to deliver three new crew members to the International Space Station, including Italy's first female astronaut.  Full Article 

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain hugs his girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger after winning the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi November 23, 2014.  REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed
Formula One

Lewis Hamilton savours his greatest day

Lewis Hamilton declared Sunday the greatest day of his life after ending a thrilling season with his second Formula One world championship.  Full Article | Hamilton takes second F1 title in style 

A worker pulls a cart in front of the smoking chimneys of a power plant in Hefei, Anhui province, October 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Environment

Some climate change impacts unavoidable: WB

Some future impacts of climate change, such as more extremes of heat and sea level rise, are unavoidable even if governments act fast to cut greenhouse gas emissions, the World Bank said on Sunday. Emissions have locked the globe on a path towards an average temperature rise of almost 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times by 2050, it said.  Full Article 

Australia's captain Michael Clarke smiles during a press conference before the fourth Ashes cricket test match against England at the Riverside cricket ground in Chester-le-Street near Durham August 8, 2013. REUTERS/Philip Brown/Files

Australia's Clarke in first test team against India

Australia have named Michael Clarke in a 12-man squad for the first test against India starting in Brisbane next week, but the hamstrung captain must prove his fitness in a tour match starting.  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 

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