Avantika Goswami

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Why India should reject China's obsession with bigger, denser megacities

The world is in awe of China’s relentless capacity to produce gargantuan cities, each outdoing the most recent superlative that describes its predecessor. If Shenzhen and Shanghai are megacities, and the Pearl-River Delta a sprawling urban agglomeration, then what should we call the 130 …

Urbanization

The GOP debate is tonight! Here's what you need to know

The second Republican presidential primary debate will take place Wednesday night in Simi Valley, California, where 11 candidates will square off on the main debate stage.<p>CNN, which is hosting the second debate, originally said it would limit the main-stage participants to 10, like Fox News did …

Government

The CNN presidential debate descended into an epic, no-holds-barred brawl

"First of all, Rand Paul shouldn't even be on the debate stage," Trump said in response to an unrelated question about his temperament in one of the first exchanges of the night.<p>"He's No. 11," Trump continued. "He's got 1% in the polls. And how he got up here, there's far too many people anyway. …

6 takeaways from the Republican presidential debate

<b>(CNN) —</b> Donald Trump finally took some punches, Carly Fiorina grabbed control, Jeb Bush woke up and Marco Rubio and Chris Christie elbowed their way into the fray on a crowded stage. Everyone else just tried to crash the party.<p>The CNN Republican debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on …

Government

UN criticised for failure to pursue rape allegations against staff

The United Nations investigated and cleared four peacekeepers accused of rape and sexual assault, including the assault of a child, without passing the cases to national authorities, the Guardian has discovered, in a move which poses questions about the way the organisation handles rape allegations …

Corruption

Coup leaders release Burkina Faso interim president

Burkina Faso's military has reportedly released the country's interim president after he was detained during a coup that dissolved his government.<p>The military released a statement on Friday saying that Michel Kafando has been released from military custody.<p>The move comes after international …

Africa