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Stan Wawrinka off to a flyer in Japan

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland returns to Czech Republic’s Radek Stepanek in their men’s singles. -AP

Top seed champion Stan Wawrinka muscled into the second round of the Japan Open on Tuesday with a bludgeoning 7-5, 6-3 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek.

Jay Haas defends Mickelson’s inclusion

Anirban Lahiri hits out of a bunker at a practice session. 	— AFP

Jay Haas on Tuesday backed his decision to give a Presidents Cup captain’s pick to veteran Phil Mickelson, saying the five-time Major winner offered something “intangible” to his US team.

French minister says five 'terrorists' to be stripped of nationality

French law only allows nationality to be stripped from a citizen who holds a second passport and such cases are rare. (Photo: AF

Cazeneuve underlined govt's absolute determination in the 'fight against terrorism'

Pakistan rejects accusations of involvement in Kunduz attack

Afghan security forces patrol in Kunduz city after Taliban attack (Photo: AP)

Afghan army alleges that Pakistan's military were involved in Taliban's brief capture of

MSF demands international probe into deadly Kunduz air strike

(Photo: AP)

US special forces on the ground most likely did not ensure the required strike met any...

Human skulls under Afghan President palace

Two sets of human remains have been discovered in the Afghan presidential palace, a spokesman said on Tuesday, rekindling memories of the bloody fate of some of the war-ravaged country’s leaders and t

Neutrino scientists win Physics Nobel

Takaaki Kajita of Japan, director of the Institute for Cosmic Ray Research. -PTI

Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for determining that neutrinos have mass, a key piece of the puzzle in understanding the cosmos.

Rushdie’s Frankfurt invite angers Iran

Salman Rushdie poses during the promotion of his new book, Two Years Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights in Madrid, Spain. —AFP

Iran has threatened to boycott next week’s Frankfurt Book Fair because organisers have invited the author Salman Rushdie, who still has a fatwa against him, as a guest speaker.

The unnecessary controversy about renaming Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi as Dr A.P.J.

It’s an old cliche to say that we live in two countries — India and Bharat. The distinction is generally made along the urban-rural divide.