Asian shares take cue from Wall Street's rally

TOKYO - Asian shares took their cues from Wall Street and kicked off a holiday-shortened week on a strong footing on Monday, while the euro touched a fresh two-year low against the greenback on divergent monetary policy expectations.

Mohan Bhagwat, chief of India's Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), addresses a rally in Kolkata December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files
Religion and Politics

Defying Modi, RSS to go on with conversions

The head of RSS, India's most powerful Hindu group, vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened PM Narendra Modi's economic reform agenda.  Full Article 

Tourists pass by a casino in Macau September 22, 2009. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/Files

Thousands held in porn, gambling crackdown

China has detained over 30,000 people during a two-month clamp down on pornography and gambling, state news agency Xinhua reported on Sunday.  Full Article 

The nose setcion of an Airbus A350 is pictured at the final assembly line at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, December 4, 2014. REUTERS/ Regis Duvignau/Files

The inside story of the new Airbus A350 jet

Ten years ago, the boss of Qatar Airways, who takes his first new A350 jet this week, warned Airbus it was flying off course. But it took another two years of sales setbacks and doubts at the highest management level before Airbus agreed to build the A350XWB to be delivered on Monday. That story is revealed here after interviews with customers, suppliers and industry sources.   Full Article 

File photo of British musician Elton John (L) and partner producer David Furnish (R) taken in West Hollywood, California February 26, 2012. REUTERS/Gus Ruelas/Files

Gay British musician Elton John marries partner

British musician Elton John on Sunday married his long-term partner David Furnish, converting their civil partnership after laws allowing gay marriage in Britain came into force this year.  Full Article 

REPRESENTATIVE PHOTO: Australia's Steve Smith celebrates the wicket of Faf du Plessis (not in picture) during the fifth day of the third cricket test match at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town, March 5, 2014. REUTERS/Shaun Roy

Australia captain Smith fined for slow over rate

Australia captain Steve Smith was fined 60 percent of his match fee for a slow over rate in his first test as skipper in a four-wicket victory in the second test against India in Brisbane.  Full Article 

Fans of San Lorenzo cheer before the start of their final soccer match against Real Madrid in the Club World Cup at the Marrakech stadium, December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Club World Cup still a hit outside Europe

Greeted with overwhelming indifference in Europe, the Club World Cup is still seen as the pinnacle of club football elsewhere as thousands of San Lorenzo fans demonstrated this week.   Full Article | Related 

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    A SpiceJet passenger plane moves on the runway at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in Ahmedabad January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

    SpiceJet rescue is no fix for India aviation woes

    SpiceJet’s woes are all too familiar. India is cajoling banks to lend to the country’s second largest single-brand carrier when the debt-ridden airline needs more equity. The government’s hope is to save jobs and prevent a repeat of the failure of Kingfisher Airlines. Even if the rescue works, exorbitant fuel taxes and lack of a bankruptcy law will keep the industry stuck in an air pocket.  Full Article 

    The logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone.

    Uber’s law flouting could bring joyride to a halt

    Uber’s law flouting could bring its joyride to a screeching halt. The taxi app company is covering its drivers’ fines for illegally picking up passengers. That may be just another business expense to a firm that earned a $40 billion valuation by moving quickly and breaking the rules. But the legal, lobbying and public relations costs of reckless behavior are accelerating fast.  Full Article 

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    Saudi Arabia is playing chicken with its oil

    Saudi Arabia is once again using its “oil weapon”. The kingdom has two targets in its latest oil war: it is trying to squeeze U.S. shale oil - which requires higher prices to remain competitive with conventional production - out of the market. More broadly, the Saudis are also punishing two rivals, Russia and Iran, for their support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war.  Commentary 

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    Tourists walk behind a faded sign warning of tsunami hazard in Khao Lak, December 15, 2014. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

    10 years on, tsunami warning stumbles at the "last mile"

    As the tenth anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami disaster approaches, experts and officials say weaknesses remain across the region in a system which had been designed to warn people and get them to safer areas.  Full Article