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Modi's Idea of India

The East Asian strongman model isn’t suited to a diverse country.<p>Three years after he was elected, Prime Minister Narendra Modi looms over India’s political scene like no other leader in the country’s recent history. And his critics must explain why his mass appeal seems unimpaired, despite his …

India
Government

Co-Winners at the Spelling Bee Final: Pictures

United States

Oscar Wilde’s Literary Star Rises Again

The provocative Irish playwright is springing back to life this year in a series of plays, movies and books<p>Oscar Wilde, the Victorian-era playwright and poet who went from renown to ruin and back again, said the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.<p>There’s no risk of …

Literature

These Stylish 12 NBA Stars Prove They’ve Got More Than Game

Full disclosure: When it comes to basketball, this fashion writer is something of a fair-weather fan. Sure, I know the highlights, enough to hold my own on a first date with a sports enthusiast. Golden State Warrior and NBA MVP Stephen Curry’s mind-boggling half-court three-pointer? I can rattle …

Basketball

10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression, According to a Harvard Psychologist

Amy Cuddy says people answer one question when they first meet you -- and that answer lays the foundation for a business relationship.<p>Say you meet a new potential customer, a potential employer, or anyone with whom you want to establish a business relationship.<p>Which matters more:<p>Showing that you're …

Self-improvement

16 incredible destinations in Asia that tourists don't know about yet

While some of these locations are remote, others are hidden gems often overlooked by tourists.<p>For those in search of the best spots to visit in Asia away from the masses, we've rounded up 16 breathtaking destinations that range from hidden beaches and charming fishing villages to jungle-clad …

Asia Travel

International Yoga Day in Pictures

Beijing
New Mexico

The secret of taste: why we like what we like

How does a song we dislike at first hearing become a favourite? And when we try to look different, how come we end up looking like everyone else?<p>If you had asked me, when I was 10, to forecast my life as an adult, I would probably have sketched out something like this: I would be driving a Trans …

Sydney Opera House
Brazil

The Brain's Remarkable Sculpting Of Memories

It is a remarkable fact that the brain, made of neurons and their connections to one another named synapses, is able to remember.<p>After all, if there is one thing we can say about our bodies and about nature, it's that change is everywhere. To remember is to go the other way, as we somehow try to …

Clint Eastwood
Labour Party

Hyundai and Kia Fined for Understating Carbon-Emission Figures

Hyundai and Kia have been slapped with a fine of $100 million, along with carbon credit forfeitures valued at more than $200 million, for …

EPA