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Top bureaucrat restricted from attending Christian worship

Controversy has kicked-off in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, after the state government warned a civil service official from attending or addressing Christian meetings.

Obama leaves India, quoting Gandhi, calling for religious freedom

US President Barack Obama, ended his three-day India trip, with a town-hall meet in New Delhi, where he spoke to some 1,500 students about the future of India-US relations.

Pot report: 18 U.S. states to have legalized marijuana by 2020

A new report predicts that by 2020 a total of 18 states in America will have legalized recreational marijuana. Currently possession of pot is legal in just four U.S. states - pending in others - while medical marijuana is legal in 23 states.

Modi and Obama announce deals, give joint radio address

New Delhi - India's 66th Republic Day celebrations, with Barack and Michelle Obama as chief guests, went off smoothly, despite foggy, rainy weather. Modi and Obama also made announcements about nuclear, business and defense cooperation.

Obama wraps India visit with pleas on religion, climate

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama urged India to promote religious tolerance and do more to combat global warming Tuesday as he wrapped up a visit aimed at forging a new friendship between the world's largest democracies.

India celebrates Republic Day with Obama as Chief Guest

New Delhi - U.S. President, Barack Obama, graced India’s 66th Republic day, marking the event as the first American leader as chief guest at the annual event.

Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao judges Miss Universe pageant in Miami

Nothing like making one of the world's most popular sports figures a judge in a Miss Universe contest to get the world to pay attention. It's a global contest but not a lot of people watch nowadays. Doubtless Pacquiao helped increase its ratings.

Modi honours Obama as VIP guest, opens arms to US business

New Delhi - Narendra Modi honoured Barack Obama as his chief guest Monday at India's Republic Day parade and then rolled out the welcome mat to US businesses in a further warming of ties between the world's largest democracies.

Doomsday Clock moved up and now sits at 3 minutes before midnight

The metaphorical Doomsday Clock, created by and kept up by The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved. It is now the closest it's been to midnight in three decades, moving up Thursday to 3 minutes to midnight.

Obama, Modi break nuclear impasse, hail new 'friendship'

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke the deadlock on a long-stalled nuclear pact Sunday as they hailed a new era of friendship between the world's two largest democracies.

From cold shoulder to hugs: Obama and Modi's unlikely friendship

New Delhi - At first glance, they might appear unlikely friends or allies. One is a right-wing nationalist and long-time international pariah, while the other is an unabashed liberal and Nobel peace laureate.

Modi hugs Obama at start of three-day India visit

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama landed in New Delhi Sunday for the start of a three-day visit to India, receiving a hug from Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he disembarked from Air Force One.

Obama cuts short India visit to meet new Saudi king

New Delhi - US President Barack Obama has cut short his visit to India, cancelling a planned trip to the Taj Mahal, to "pay respects" to new King Salman in Saudi Arabia, the White House said Saturday.

Uber emails alleged rape victim promoting Delhi return

New Delhi - Uber sent an email promoting its return to New Delhi to a woman allegedly raped by one of its drivers, her lawyer has revealed, saying he had "no confidence" in the company's new safety measures.

Pet ferrets chew off baby's nose, parts of her cheek and lips

A heart-wrenching and grotesque story out of Philadelphia where police say a newborn baby had her nose and part of her lips and a cheek chewed off by the family’s ferrets. The baby was left on the living-room floor alone in a car-seat.

Defrocked priest to be jailed for sexual assaults on children

A defrocked priest found guilty of 32 counts of sexually abusing Inuit children between the years 1978 and 1982 apologized in a courtroom at his sentencing hearing today. As he did so, dozens of victims and members of their families cried out.

India's Modi rolls out red carpet for new buddy Obama

New Delhi - Barack Obama arrives in India this weekend for an unprecedented second visit by a serving US president, the honoured guest of his new friend Narendra Modi who was a Washington outcast only a year ago.

Indian PM Modi invites suggestions on Yoga Day promotion

The first International Yoga Day is set to be celebrated on June 21 this year, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone online to invite suggestions on how it can be promoted.

World Bank: Same odds of escaping poverty in U.S., India

A newly-released World Bank report states the odds of escaping poverty are about the same in the United States and India.

During Israel bus attack 13-year-old 'threw my bag at terrorist'

The attack on a Tel Aviv bus Wednesday that saw a dozen persons stabbed could have been worse. When the attacker tried to get at more in the back the wounded driver slammed on the brakes, knocking the man off-balance and enabling others to get off.
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