Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends the India-China Business Forum in Shanghai May 16, 2015. REUTERS/Aly Song

Government again issues land acquisition order

The government has issued an executive order for the third time to make it easier to buy farmland for large projects after failing to win parliamentary for a controversial land bill championed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   Full Article 

Syrian air raids kill dozens of civilians in north - monitoring group 30 May 2015

BEIRUT - A Syrian air force raid killed at least 59 civilians at a market in a town held by Islamic State militants in northern Syria on Saturday, according to a monitoring group.

A labourer works on the construction site of a residential building in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, May 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

Data shows Indian growth outstrips China's

India's economy grew faster than China's in the quarter through March, data showed on Friday, but a sharp downward revision for the previous quarter fuelled doubts about the accuracy of a new method used to measure economic activity.  Full Article | Graphic 

Relatives carry a boy who survived an attack on buses, into a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, late May 29, 2015.  REUTERS/Naseer Ahmed

Gunmen kill 22 bus passengers in Pakistan

Gunmen disguised as members of the Pakistani security forces killed at least 22 passengers on Friday night after forcing them off buses travelling from the western city of Quetta to Karachi on the southern coast, officials said.  Full Article | Video 

Re-elected FIFA President Sepp Blatter gestures during news conference after an extraordinary Executive Committee meeting in Zurich, Switzerland, May 30, 2015.   REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann
FIFA Election

Blatter comes out fighting despite scandal

FIFA President Sepp Blatter came out fighting on Saturday as he began his fifth term in charge of soccer's governing body, implying that the United States timed the announcement of a major corruption probe to try to scupper his re-election bid.  Read | Blatter hits out at US, UEFA 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (L), meets with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in New York April 27, 2015. REUTERS/Jason DeCrow/Pool
World

U.S. and Iran address obstacles to nuclear deal

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday in a bid to overcome the remaining obstacles to a final nuclear agreement, a month ahead of a deadline for a deal between Tehran and world powers.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE: Migrants are seen aboard a boat tethered to a Thai navy vessel, in waters near Koh Lipe island, May 16, 2015.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Myanmar lands seized migrant boat on island

A boat packed with more than 700 "boat people" seized off Myanmar's coast was stopped on a small island on Saturday, as officials gave mixed signals about its final destination.  Full Article 

A computer keyboard with letters stacked forming the word 'password'  is seen in this illustration picture taken in Warsaw, December 12, 2013.  REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files
NSA Surveillance

Security gaps feared if Patriot Act expires

If the U.S. Congress fails to act, key provisions of the Patriot Act will lapse in a watershed moment in the post-Sept. 11, 2001, era. Intrusive government powers, created and wielded in the name of preventing another mass-casualty terrorist attack, would be at least partly scaled back, proponents and critics of the surveillance say.  Full Article 

Football - Arsenal v Aston Villa - FA Cup Final - Wembley Stadium - 30/5/15 Theo Walcott celebrates scoring the first goal for Arsenal Reuters / Darren Staples Livepic

Arsenal crush Villa to claim FA Cup record

Holders Arsenal won the FA Cup for a record 12th time on Saturday, outclassing Aston Villa 4-0 at Wembley with stunning goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez setting up victory.  Full Article 

Movie Review: Welcome 2 Karachi

Movie Review: Welcome 2 Karachi

“Welcome 2 Karachi” might have been a slightly better film if the director hadn’t decided to keep adding to the gags, introduce songs that have no place in the narrative, and add a last-minute hijacking for added drama. In short, he should have kept it short, and relied on Arshad Warsi’s comic timing to tide the film over, writes Shilpa Jamkhandikar.  Full Article | Full Coverage: Bollywood 

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Healthcare

Advet Bhambhani

Meet the man who plans to open India’s first luxury hospital chain

Advet Bhambhani, the chief executive of ABV Group plans to open luxury hospitals that would resemble hotels, offer personalised care and transport patients from place to place in Rolls Royce cars.   Full Article 

Peter Van Buren

Iraq will never be whole again, so what’s next?

The only way for Iraq to remain unified was a stalemate of force, with no side having the might to win nor weak enough to lose, with negotiations to follow. As the U.S. passively watched the Iranians become its proxy boots on the ground against Islamic State, all the while knowing Tehran’s broader agenda was a Shi’ite Iraqi client, that possibility was lost.  Commentary 

Josh Cohen

Breakdown in U.S.-Russia relations raises risk of nuclear-armed jihadists

Nuclear security in Russia is undoubtedly better than it was in the 1990s. But real problems still remain. Russia continues to have the world’s largest nuclear stockpile and there are more than 200 buildings and bunkers where highly enriched uranium or separated plutonium is stored. Sophisticated criminals could still exploit the weaknesses in Russian nuclear security.  Read 

Paula Newberg

Why Pakistan is friends with everyone – and no one

Though Islamabad hasn’t yet ended the domestic terror that rips through its schools, mosques and markets, or sorted out its hostilities with India, it has embarked on a complicated foreign policy. Seeking to solve its many economic, political and security problems, Pakistan is trying, concurrently, to court four rich and powerful patrons: China, Saudi Arabia, Iran and the U.S.  Read 

Raffaello Pantucci

Untangling the web of India, China and Pakistan diplomacy

India, Pakistan and China need to shed their historical legacies, and find ways of ending the paranoid tensions that underlie their global outlooks. Until this has been achieved, the CPEC, BCIM and any other regional economic framework will be undermined and no long-term stability will be found in the heart of South Asia.  Full Article