Prime Minister Narendra Modi (front L) shakes hands with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif (2nd R) as Nepal's Prime Minister Sushil Koirala (C) watches during the closing session of 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Niranjan Shrestha/Pool

Modi-Sharif handshake salvages SAARC summit

A brief meeting between India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart appears to have salvaged a summit of South Asian leaders, with all eight countries clinching a last-minute deal to create a regional electricity grid.  Full Article 

WTO clinches first global trade deal in its history 27 Nov 2014

GENEVA - The World Trade Organization adopted the first worldwide trade reform in its history on Thursday, after years of stalemate, months of deadlock and a final day's delay following an eleventh-hour objection.

Onlookers sit at the site where two girls were hanged from a tree at Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh May 28, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Badaun Case

CBI says girls found hanging committed suicide

Two teenage girls found hanged in May took their own lives and were not raped or murdered, CBI investigators told media on Thursday, fuelling further criticism of their handling of a case that sparked global outrage. Initial inquiries suggested the cousins, aged 14 and 15, from a low-caste community, were raped before being hanged from a mango tree in Badaun district in Uttar Pradesh.  Full Article 

A health worker culls a duck at a duck farm in Dolura village, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Agartala, capital of Tripura, March 6, 2011.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files
Bird Flu

Bird flu strain in India can transfer to humans

A bird flu virus found in India this week is the H5N1 strain that can be transmitted to humans, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. However, the organisation said it was not concerned about the situation, because India had faced outbreaks of the virus before. No human case has been reported since at least 2003.  Full Article 

An employee works on a transformer inside an electrical appliances manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Jammu February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

Growth set to weaken, business wants reforms

Anticipating data out on Friday will show weakening economic growth, the finance ministry will argue for an interest rate cut, but bankers and company executives say the key to recovery lies in how fast the government acts on reforms.  Full Article | Reuters poll on GDP data 

A bouquet left in memory of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes is pictured at the gates of the Sydney Cricket Ground, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Cricket

A sport left heartbroken by death of Hughes

The cricket world was in mourning on Thursday following the death of Australian batsman Phillip Hughes, who died in a Sydney hospital, two days after being hit in the head by a ball.  Full Article | Pictures 

LAPD officers on bicycles keep watch on demonstrators during a march in Los Angeles, California, following Monday's grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Ferguson Teen Shooting Verdict

Protests dwindle after two nights of unrest

The streets of Ferguson, Missouri were mostly quiet overnight after two days of racially charged unrest sparked by a grand jury decision not to prosecute a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teenager.  Full Article | Top law enforcer promises strong probe  

Handout photo of Forever21 store in Bangalore.

Forever21 sets sights on Indian cities

Reuters spoke to Timmy Sarna, managing director of DLF Brands, which runs the operations of “fast-fashion” clothing store Forever21 in India. Sarna discussed the recent opening of Forever21’s first store in Bangalore, why store shopping beats online shopping for now, and the company’s expansion plans for Hyderabad, Pune and other cities.  Interview 

Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

In his quest for an Indian identity, painter Jamini Roy rebelled against the British academic training and took to the local, folk idiom. Broad brush strokes, simple forms, stretched eyes, decorative borders and use of flat colours are the dominant motifs in an exhibition of the artist’s works being displayed in Delhi.  Full Article 

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Barack Obama and Ferguson: The cost of being the reluctant black president

The Age of Obama, once heralded as the dawn of a new “post-racial” America, has proven to be far more complex than his supporters and critics could have imagined just six years ago. Ferguson has exposed racial and class divisions in the nation that Obama’s soaring rhetoric gracefully elided during his 2008 presidential campaign.  Commentary 

Cracked land is seen at Guarapiranga reservoir, during a drought in Sao Paulo November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil’s epic water crisis a global wake-up call

One of the world’s biggest cities is running out of water. Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, could run dry within weeks. The humanitarian and economic cost would be immense. The fiasco should be a global wake-up call for other metropolises. The immediate cause of the crisis is a year-long drought.  Full Article 

An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind.  Commentary 

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China monetary policy enters difficult adolescence

China’s economy is in the throes of financial adolescence. If all credit in China still came from banks, a reduction in the benchmark rate set by the People’s Bank of China would benefit most borrowers. In the past few years, however, China has sprouted all kinds of new ways to save and borrow that don’t respond predictably to the central bank’s orders.  Full Article 

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