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More than one way of being black, says Barack Obama

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US President Barack Obama told a group of young black, Hispanic, Native American and Asian men on Monday that they need be proud of their backgrounds and draw strength from their cultures, but ignore

Europe threatens sanctions yet again

European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia on Tuesday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France’s President signalled the disputed de

China food scam spreads to other chains

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The latest food scandal in China is spreading fast, dragging in US coffee chain Starbucks, Burger King Worldwide Inc and others, as well as McDonald’s products as far away as Japan.

US, UN efforts to end violence stumble


US issues travel warning, offers Gaza $47m aid; Palestinian toll hits 603; ceasefire not near, insists Israel

ISIS crushes, coerces resistance in its way

Using its own version of “soft” and “hard” power, the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no lon

RBI to disclose the names of D-SIB banks in August 2015


It will create four sub-categories of D-SIB lenders

Thai rice to top as poor rains hit india’s crop

Thailand is set to reclaim its status as the world’s top rice exporter as weak monsoon rains curb India’s crop, helping the Southeast Asian country’s new military government offload bulging stockpiles

Russia demands proof of US claim

The photo of school teacher Arnoud Huizen of the Netherlands and his Indonesian wife Yodricunda Theistiasih, with their baby -AP

Donetsk witnesses clashes in backdrop of crashed Malaysian flight; 272 bodies found

UK’s Sun newspaper suspends ‘fake sheikh’ reporter

Suspension comes weeks after journalists from the now-defunct NoTW were jailed for phone-hacking

Elders forbid fleeing women from collecting aid

Some tribal elders in a city in northwest Pakistan have decreed that families fleeing a military offensive should not allow women to collect food aid, an elder said on Monday after Reuters saw him att

Much as I am tempted to see the fuss over Ved Pratap Vaidik’s posturing as a warning against busybodies and meddlers, wholesale condemnation of what is known as Track Two diplomacy might be unfair.

There is considerable speculation about when the Planning Commission will be reconstituted and who will occupy the largest room in Yojana Bhavan.