A Palestinian woman weeps as she stands amid destroyed buildings in Beit Hanoun town, which witnesses said was heavily hit by Israeli shelling and air strikes during an Israeli offensive, in the northern Gaza Strip July 26, 2014. REUTERS/Finbarr O'Reilly

Twelve-hour humanitarian truce takes hold in Gaza

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip poured into the streets to recover their dead and stock up on food supplies after a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed by Israel and Hamas took hold.  Full Article | Video 

Boko Haram clashes with Cameroon soldiers in cross-border attacks 5:59pm IST

YAOUNDE - Nigeria's Islamist militant group Boko Haram has carried out two cross-border attacks into Cameroon since Friday, killing at least four soldiers and prompting the Cameroonian army to send reinforcements to the area, army sources said on Saturday.

England cricket team captain Alastair Cook (L) talks with teammate Kevin Pietersen during a team training session at the Basin Reserve in Wellington March 12, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray/Files

Cook not up to captain's job - Pietersen

Only politics is keeping England captain Alastair Cook in his job and he should do what is right and resign, former skipper Kevin Pietersen said.  Full Article | Perera gives Sri Lanka big lead despite Amla ton 

A man walks past the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai December 5, 2013. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files
Markets Weekahead

Sensex, Nifty likely to trade rangebound

The BSE Sensex and Nifty are likely to trade rangebound, hovering near record highs. Caution expected to prevail ahead of the expiry of monthly derivatives contracts on Thursday. Investors will also keenly watch the progress of monsoon.  Full Article 

Workers stand as a crane loads wheat onto a ship at Mundra Port in Gujarat April 1, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files
India-WTO Standoff

India threatens to derail WTO deal, angers U.S.

India threatened on Friday to block a worldwide reform of custom rules, which some estimates say could add $1 trillion to the global economy and create 21 million jobs, prompting a U.S. warning that its demands could kill global trade reform efforts.  Full Article 

A municipal worker fumigates a vegetable market in Siliguri July 25, 2014.  REUTERS/Stringer

India battles to contain "brain fever", 568 die

Almost 570 people in India have died after contracting encephalitis, commonly known as "brain fever", health authorities said on Friday, warning the death toll may rise with more people still at risk. Major outbreaks - usually most prevalent in UP and Bihar - have spread to West Bengal and Assam.  Full Article 

Russian warships are seen during a naval parade rehearsal in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, July 25, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

EU edges to economic sanctions on Russia

The European Union reached outline agreement on Friday to impose the first economic sanctions on Russia over its behaviour in Ukraine but scaled back their scope to exclude technology for the crucial gas sector.  Full Article | Ukraine faces bitter election 

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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 

Danish Siddiqui

Waiting to die in Varanasi

The Ganges is sacred in Hinduism, and Varanasi, which lies on its banks, is one of the oldest and holiest sites for Hindu pilgrims from all over the world. Dying and having your ashes scattered here is a sacred thing for Hindus who believe that it brings “moksha,” or freedom for the soul from the constant cycle of death and rebirth. To attain this salvation, many travel to Varanasi to die  Full Article 

The war in Gaza threatens Egypt too

The war in Gaza threatens Egypt too

Although many Egyptians view Hamas as an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, most sympathize with the Palestinians. When they see the scale of casualties - for example, the death and destruction in the Shuja’iah neighborhood in Gaza - they overwhelmingly blame Israel. This is true even as their leaders express anger over Hamas’ refusal to accept ceasefire proposal.  Commentary 

Nicholas Wapshott

I’m Reagan! No, over here, I’m the real Reagan!

Although Ronald Reagan's record in raising taxes and adding to the deficit would make him ineligible to become the nominee were he still alive, the contestants of 2016 U.S. presidential race are already comparing themselves with the only Republican president whose conservative credentials are made of the same material as earned him his nickname, the “Teflon president.”  Full Article 

Keren Blankfeld

Life — if you can call it that — under Israel’s Iron Dome

I’ve become pretty great at rocket dodging. As a New Yorker living in Tel Aviv while researching a book, I never thought I’d say that. And yet it’s true: since Hamas began firing rockets into Tel Aviv on July 8, I’ve learned to move quickly. I’m witnessing just a sliver of what it’s like for Israelis trying their best to live a “normal” life in a kind of twilight zone where different rules apply.   Commentary 

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