A man talks on his mobile phone as he walks past an ITC office building in Kolkata September 4, 2012. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

ITC Q1 sales jump on demand for smaller smokes

ITC Ltd, India's largest cigarette maker, reported a better-than-expected 25 percent rise in quarterly sales as demand for smaller and cheaper cigarettes grew and its consumer goods business put in a stronger performance.  Full Article 

Asia stocks reach 3-year peak, China on the rise 12:53pm IST

SYDNEY - Asian shares touched fresh three-year highs on Tuesday as investors in the region drew encouragement from a rally in Chinese markets, though caution was warranted given the torrent of U.S. economic news still to come this week.

An Israeli mobile artillery unit fires towards the Gaza Strip July 28, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
Mideast Crisis

Israel strikes house of Hamas Gaza leader

Israel pounded targets in the Gaza Strip after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his country needed to be prepared for a long conflict in the Palestinian enclave, squashing any hopes of a swift end to 22 days of fighting.  Full Article | Gaza militants kill five Israeli soldiers  

Russian President Vladimir Putin walks next to U.S. President Barack Obama (R) as they arrive for the family picture event during the G20 summit in St.Petersburg September 6, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin/Files

U.S. says Russia violated nuclear treaty

In another sign of deteriorating relations between the U.S. and Russia, the U.S. government said that Moscow had violated the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty, and urged immediate talks.  Full Article 

England's Moeen Ali looks on during a cricket match at Lord's cricket ground in London June 16, 2014. REUTERS/Philip/Files
Cricket

Moeen Ali probed over 'Save Gaza' wristbands

England batsman Moeen Ali is being investigated by the International Cricket Council after wearing wristbands that featured the slogans 'Save Gaza' and 'Free Palestine' during the second day of the third test against India at Southampton.  Full Article 

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

Microsoft targeted in apparent anti-trust probe

Microsoft Corp appears to be the latest U.S. company targeted by China for anti-trust investigation after government officials paid sudden visits to the software firm's Chinese offices on Monday.  Full Article 

Medical staff working with Medecins sans Frontieres (MSF) put on their protective gear before entering an isolation area at the MSF Ebola treatment centre in Kailahun July 20, 2014. REUTERS/Tommy Trenchard

Ebola: Nigeria isolates hospital, Obama briefed

The Nigerian city of Lagos shut and quarantined a hospital on Monday where a Liberian man died of the Ebola virus, the first recorded case of the highly-infectious disease in Africa's most populous country. An administration official said President Barack Obama was receiving updates, and noted that U.S. agencies had stepped up assistance to help contain the virus.   Full Article 

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A demonstrator shouts slogans during a protest in Bangalore July 19, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Woman branded witch, stripped, paraded naked

Thomson Reuters Foundation - A 60-year-old woman was beaten, stripped and tied to an electricity pole in a village in Odisha after local people accused her of being a witch, police said. Villagers in Mayurbhanj district blamed the death of an 18-year-old boy on the woman, saying she had practised witchcraft on him, although medical records showed he died of malaria.  Article 

Opinion

Visitors walk past TV sets during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in at the DNS electronic shop in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/Files

Meet Vladimir Putin’s homophobic, vitriolic, charismatic master of propaganda

Russian President’s popularity has soared at home in the wake of his actions in Ukraine – and the masterful spin his intervention has been given. The joy that greeted his seizure of Crimea was due, at least in part, to a propaganda system more virulent than its Soviet predecessor. At the center of the system is a journalist called Dmitry Kiselyev.  Read 

Shashank Chouhan

Ex-Supreme Court judge Katju stirs the pot

Comments by retired Supreme Court judge Markandey Katju had parliament in uproar. In a blog post published by the Times of India, the chairman of Press Council of India hinted at a connection between the government and judiciary in the elevation of an allegedly corrupt judge. This isn’t the first time that the man heading India’s print media oversight body has stirred the pot.  Full Article 

A computer user poses in front of a Google search page in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir/Files

Plagiarism is dumb. Thinking you’ll get away with it is dumber.

You write a paper? It and all of its sources are on the Internet. You got caught running a red light one night in some godforsaken little town 25 yrs ago? Anyone who doesn’t like you can find the police record. You had a really messy divorce from your childhood sweetheart? Said sweetheart is going to be Googled, located, interviewed and offered a publishing deal.  Read 

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

‘When Harry Met Sally’ got it wrong 25 years ago

Some people watch When Harry Met Sally… for the happy ending, the moment when friends finally decide that they want “the sex thing” to get in the way, then decide to get married and spend the rest of their lives together. In initial drafts of the script, they stayed friends, and I think I’d have preferred it that way.  Commentary