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Meet the young men who make Pakistani flags in India’s Kashmir

In the blue glare of his mobile phone’s screen, Muneeb’s clean-shaven face looks pale and nervous. His friend Altaf, 18, shifts his weight from one foot to another and takes a guess: “He must be Shahid.”<p>The shadow approaches closer, the outline of a frail young man now visible. “Be quick about it. …

Were the Mayas the ultimate ancient civilisation?

Ahead of a major exhibition, Alastair Smart explains why we remain so fascinated by this magnificent, mysterious and bloodthirsty people<p>The trouble with the great civilisations of Mesoamerica isn’t just the sheer number of them, but the fact that their names sound so similar. From the Olmecs and …

Putin getting left out of G-7 meeting, but not much else

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia's Vladimir Putin won't be on the guest list when President Barack Obama and other world leaders assemble in Germany next week, as part of the punishment for alleged Kremlin-supported aggression in Ukraine.<p>Yet the Russian president remains a central player in international …

The mystery of the headless skeleton revealed by Crossrail

Did headhunters stalk Roman Britain? Excavations for London's Crossrail project have unearthed some disturbing clues<p>Of all the discoveries an archaeologist could make, this has to be one of the more gruesome. Twenty feet beneath Liverpool Street, in the heart of the City of London, excavators …

Supreme Court refers Teesta bail plea to larger bench

The Supreme Court on Thursday referred Teesta Setalvad’s plea in the Gulbarg Society embezzlement case to a larger Bench. The stay on the arrest of …

India

Tunisia in 'war against terrorism' after museum attack

Tunisian authorities have arrested nine people allegedly linked to Wednesday's attack apparently targeting tourists at a museum in Tunis that killed at least 21 people and injured 47 others.<p>"Security forces were able to arrest four people directly linked to the [terrorist] operation and five …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of California

ISIS and the Foreign-Fighter Phenomenon

Why do people travel abroad to take part in somebody else’s violent conflict?<p>In August 2014, ISIS marked Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, with a 20-minute, high-definition video offering its greetings to the Muslim world.<p>Gauzy images of smiling worshippers embracing at a mosque cut to children …

Islam

Trick or treat? India's strong GDP figures mask economic reality

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - For business, the government and the Reserve Bank of India, data revisions that have transformed India’s $2.1 trillion economy into one of the world’s fastest growing are too good to be true.<p>A farmer works in a bottle gourd field in Kolkata February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Rupak De …

Happy 100th Birthday, Alan Watts: The Pioneer of Eastern Philosophy in the West on What Reality Is and How to Become What You Are

This past holiday season, I attended a meditation retreat at a remote but renowned center for “deep change in self and society,” where I was struck — more sharply than I have been before — by our culture’s conflicting values of material success and self-transcendence. That disconnect was manifested …

Alan Watts

MS Dhoni: India’s one-day genius who rarely seemed to care for Test cricket

India’s captain announces his retirement from the format that he never really loved

India may end support to Palestine at U.N.

In what could amount to a tectonic shift in the country’s foreign policy, the Modi government is looking at altering India’s supporting vote for the …

India

Why Kim Jong Un Can’t Take a Joke

North Korea’s 30-something dictator Kim Jong Un’s over-the-top reaction to Sony’s satire "The Interview" is rooted in his manifest insecurity about …

The mystery of Chopin's death

<b>When Polish composer Frederic Chopin died in 1849 he seemed to have suffered a classic Romantic death from tuberculosis. But doubts soon arose about the diagnosis, and a scientific examination of the heart earlier this year, while at first appearing to confirm the TB theory, left the mystery</b> …

Turkish TV show fined over ‘dance with a stranger’ stunt

Turkey’s television regulator has handed a record fine to a popular gameshow for a segment where husbands were filmed dancing with other women as their wives looked on, reports said on Sunday.<p>The show, I Don’t Know, My Spouse Knows, was fined 410,000 Turkish lira (£113,000) by the Radio and …

US may put North Korea back on state terror list after Sony 'cybervandalism'

The United States may classify North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism after its “cybervandalism” of Sony Pictures, President Barack Obama has said.<p>The president said the hack on the Hollywood studio was not an act of war but was “very costly”, and could land Pyongyang back on the administration’s …

RSS to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of India’s most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s economic reform agenda.<p>Mohan Bhagwat, chief of …

Sony considers YouTube as possible distributor for The Interview after hack

• Sony chief: ‘we would still like the public to see this movie’<br>• No major on-demand distributors voice willingness to release film<p>Sony Pictures still wants and intends to release its controversial film The Interview, possibly via YouTube.<p>As President Barack Obama again expressed disappointment in the …

Kenya closes down hundreds of NGOs

Kenya has closed 510 non-governmental organisations, including 15 for allegedly "raising funds for terrorists", as part of a security crackdown following repeated attacks.<p>The government's NGO coordination board said on Tuesday that "some NGOs have been and continue to be used for criminal …

Graduates with memory loss could have higher stroke risk

Study finds that people with higher levels of education who have memory lapses are 39 percent more likely to have a stroke than those without lapses<p><b>University graduates</b> with memory problems are at a greater risk of suffering a stroke, a study suggests.<p>Researchers found that highly-educated people …

Memory Loss

England could set its own income tax rates, under Tory plans

William Hague, the Leader of the House of Commons,: 'This is a fundamental issue of fairness for all the people of the United Kingdom.'<p>England could be given the power to set its own income tax rates under historic plans for home rule, William Hague has announced.<p>Under Conservative plans only …

Great Britain

This is what the happiest day in Bachpan Bachao Andolan’s life looked like

It’s a day like no other at Bachpan Bachao Andolan’s (BBA) headquarter in Kalkaji, New Delhi. Work can wait: it’s time to have a party. Founder Kailash Satyarthi is in Oslo, where he would be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.<p>Outside the office where Satyarthi works every day, people are dancing: drums …

'Don't forget Mexico': Man disrupts Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize ceremony

A man brandishing a Mexican flag stained with blood-red paint disrupted Malala Yousafzai's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance ceremony on Wednesday, as the …

Malala and Kailash Satyarthi receive joint Nobel award

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1130000/1130640_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1529585145_af54a1a0edea45ed745d1bd11e2ad00f<p><b>Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai and Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi have received the Nobel Peace Prize awards.</b><p>The …

Malala Yousafzai

Putin arrives in India, Modi looks to productive visit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday night welcomed Russian President Vladimir Putin on his arrival in India, saying he looks forward to a …

Cabinet approves insurance bill, Rajya Sabha may take up next week

Family fears reprisals just days after sisters are hailed heroes for fighting off abusers

Two women who have come to prominence in India after battling lewd men on a bus speak about the moment they decided to fight back<p>They are unlikely heroines, sitting in the barely furnished front room of their modest house down a narrow alley in a village in northern India. Slim-shouldered, almost …

Iraq uncovers 50,000 'ghost soldiers'

Iraq has uncovered the existence of 50,000 "ghost soldiers", Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said, promising a crackdown on corruption.<p>"The prime minister revealed the existence of 50,000 fictitious names" in the military, said a statement from Abadi's office on Sunday after a session of …

Being powerful literally changes your voice, science says

If you don't have a big stick, don't bother speaking softly.<p>A recent study from the Columbia School of Business found that when people were put in …