AIDS programme gets back its federal funding

India will fully fund its AIDS control programme federally, the health minister said on Tuesday, restoring support months after it was criticised for slashing its contribution and asking individual states to fill the gap.

Volkswagen Group to recall 323,700 diesel cars in India 01 Dec 2015

NEW DELHI Volkswagen's Indian unit will recall 323,700 diesel cars after a government investigation found it had flouted local pollution limits, the latest blow to a company that has admitted to cheating emission tests.

India in Depth

Employees work inside a garment factory of Orient Craft Ltd in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, July 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

November manufacturing growth at 2-year low

India's manufacturing sector grew at its weakest pace in over two years in November as demand and output continued to soften, a business survey showed on Tuesday. Nikkei's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by Markit, fell to a 25-month low of 50.3 in November from October's 50.7. A reading above 50 indicates expansion.  Full Article 

French President Francois Hollande (2ndL) poses with participants in the Climate Generations area during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 1, 2015. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer
Climate Talks

Climate negotiators start work on deal

PARIS - With encouragement from 150 world leaders ringing in their ears, government negotiators in Paris sought on to turn that rhetoric of unity into the text of a global deal to slow climate change.  Full Article 

India's Amit Mishra (3rd L) celebrates along with his captain Virat Kohli (R) after taking the wicket of South Africa's Faf du Plessis (L) during the third day of their third test cricket match in Nagpur, India, November 27, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Nagpur faces ICC sanction over 'poor' pitch

Indian cricket authorities face a fine of up to $15,000 after the pitch used for the spin-dominated third test between India and South Africa in Nagpur was rated as "poor" by match referee Jeff Crowe, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Tuesday.  Full Article 

 U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter (L) and Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr., arrive to testify before a House Armed Services Committee hearing on 'U.S. Strategy for Syria and Iraq and its Implications for the Region' in Washington December 1, 2015.   REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. deploying new force to fight Islamic State

WASHINGTON - The United States said it was deploying a new force of special operations troops to Iraq to conduct raids against Islamic State there and in neighbouring Syria, a ratcheting up of Washington's campaign against the group that was quickly rejected by Iraq's government.  Full Article 

NATO soldiers walk in front of a damaged NATO military vehicle at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul, Afghanistan, October 11, 2015. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood/Files

NATO agrees to keep troops in Afghanistan

The NATO allies decided on Tuesday to hold alliance troop levels in Afghanistan steady at about 12,000 next year and launched a campaign to fund the 350,000 Afghan forces it hopes can some day secure the country against Taliban militants.  Full Article 

Saudi woman Fawzia al-Harbi, a candidate for local municipal council elections, shows her candidate biography at a shopping mall in Riyadh November 29, 2015. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser
Middle East

Small steps for women's rights in Saudi poll

Saudi Arabian women are running for election and voting for the first time on Dec. 12, but their enfranchisement marks only a pigeon step towards democracy and gender equality in the autocratic Islamic kingdom.  Full Article 

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Sheikh Ghazi Rashad Hrimis touches dried earth in the parched region of Raqqa province in eastern Syria, November 11, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri/Files

Syria, Yemen, Libya — one factor unites these failed states, and it isn’t religion

As world leaders gather in Paris this week to address climate change, they will labor under the shadow of recent attacks by IS. Yet as they think about climate issues, they should remember that the connection between climate change and IS - and more broadly, between climate change and political instability - is not just a coincidence.  Read