Narendra Modi’s astute polemics

If urban and semi-urban areas are a decisive factor in the sixteenth parliamentary polls next year, the next federal government in India will be one of the National Democratic Alliance, led by the ‘Hindu comprador right’, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), as characterised by the Senegalese political economist Samir Amin. And Narendra Modi, now chief minister of Gujarat, will move into ...

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Little US oversight of Afghan aid after troop pullout, warn US officials

WASHINGTON: US officials will not be able to visit or inspect major reconstruction projects in Afghanistan after most American troops withdraw in about a year, an inspector general said Monday. The planned departure of the bulk of the US-led force by the end of 2014 will deprive US civilian officials of security needed to travel to project sites across the country, ...

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Putin: ‘Gays welcome in Sochi’

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has sought to appease the international community about the treatment of gay and lesbian athletes at next year’s Winter Olympics.

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Cilic makes winning Paris return after doping ban

Marin Cilic made a winning return to the ATP circuit Monday after serving a reduced doping ban. He beats Dutchman Igor Sijsling in three sets in the Paris Masters.

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Mike Phillips to take legal action

Wales scrum-half Mike Phillips says he has instructed lawyers to take legal action against Bayonne after the club terminated his contract.

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Light at the end of the (Margalla) tunnel

“Thou Shalt Not”! The chief justice of Pakistan told the representatives of the government, giving his verdict against constructing a tunnel through the protected Margalla Hills. To all of us standing in front of a three-member bench in court number one of the Supreme Court, the verdict sounded like one of the Ten Commandments. The struggle of the vibrant civil ...

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Fake licence footballer spared jail

A Premier League footballer is given a suspended jail sentence after he admitted possessing a fake driving licence.

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The invisible enemy

Pakistan is one of the three countries in the world where poliovirus continues to infect everyone, crippling the most vulnerable sections of the population, children, pregnant women and individuals with immune deficiency. The other two countries where polio is yet to be eradicated are Afghanistan and Nigeria. All three are Muslim countries. India, the second largest country with a larger ...

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UK man accused of US military hacks

A UK man is accused of hacking into a series of high-profile US networks, including the US Army and Nasa, to steal personal information.

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Misbah the Misunderstood

There are some wonderful patches of prose out there on Pakistan and India meeting on the cricket pitch; ‘war without the shooting’ isn’t one of them. But sportswriters are the last to let cute cliches go, and so it was when the two sides clashed in South Africa in 2007. The press could be forgiven; they and millions of South ...

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