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France’s much vaunted secularism is not the neutral space it claims to be

There is a huge difference between targeting grand bishops in Rome and a beleaguered, economically fragile Muslim community<p>At the start of this year, the school in the little French town of Sargé-lès-le-Mans instituted a “pork or nothing” policy. Muslim and Jewish kids have either to eat pork or go …

Religion

New Snowden documents show that the NSA and its allies are laughing at the rest of the world

'I drink your milkshake'<p>A team of nine journalists including Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras have just published another massive collection of classified records obtained by Edward Snowden<i>.</i> The trove of documents, published on <i>Der Spiegel,</i> show that the National Security Agency and its allies are …

Surveillance

Julia Roberts, Jennifer Lopez, and More Actresses Who Define Aging Gracefully

From Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow's Tracy Anderson-toned bodies, to Julia Roberts and Angelina Jolie's luminous complexions, these stars prove that age is just a number. Here, a look at 15 actresses who have been in the spotlight for decades—and look as if they haven't aged a day.

Celebrity Gossip

Bring a law to ban producing more than 2 children, says VHP chief Praveen Togadia

Praveen Togadia<p>The Vishva Hindu Parishad has unveiled its Hindu testament. The outfit's president Praveen Togadia on Tuesday rolled out a list of …

Striking MS House Ingeniously Adapted to a Sloping Site in Mishima, Japan

Uncommon building sites call for ingenious architecture solutions. The intricate <b>MS House</b> by <b>Yo Yamagata Architects</b> is located in Mishima, Shizuoka, …

Japan

Carlo Ancelotti would love to have Lionel Messi at Real Madrid with Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says that if it were possible he'd love to have both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi at his club.<p>Barcelona …

Soccer

US Eyes Important Drone Deal With India for Barack Obama Trip

<b>Washington, United States:</b> The United States aims to secure agreements with India to start pilot projects for joint production of drones as well as …

Finance Ministry welcomes RBI rate cut, says it vindicates govt efforts - Firstpost

<b>New Delhi:</b> The finance ministry welcomed an inter-meeting rate cut by Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Thursday, saying it reflected easing inflation …

Power battle: Evidence against Delhi BJP chief today, says Arvind Kejriwal

Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal said he will provide the evidence on December 15, 2014 to prove his allegations that Delhi BJP president Satish …

Sunanda Pushkar Death: A Heady Cocktail Of Politics, Elite, Suspicion

Murders have an objective. But, hate crime is like an abstract art. It can evoke a thousand images in the eyes of those who are staring at it. …

India cuts interest rates in a surprise move

<b>India's central bank made a surprise move on Thursday to cut its interest rate to 7.75%, thanks to lower-than-expected inflation.</b><p>The benchmark interest rate, or the level at which The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lends to commercial banks, had been kept at 8% since last January.<p>The move came ahead …

Economics

ellen just set a new gold standard for comebacks

#teamellen forever<p>Ellen DeGeneres took a second to address one of her haters during her daytime talk show today, and shut him down in the most Ellen way possible. Hater in question goes by the name of Larry Tomczak and accused the host of "promoting a gay agenda," noting "Ellen DeGeneres celebrates …

Ellen Degeneres

Xiaomi puts iPhone 6 Plus in its sights with Mi Note phablet

The Chinese phone maker's new device features a slightly bigger screen and a lighter, thinner body than Apple's biggest phone -- at less than half the price.<p>BEIJING -- Xiaomi, known for creating budget smartphones with stylish, Apple-like designs, took a step toward the premium end with the …

Mobile Technology

Gangraped at 13, This Woman Has Been Waiting for Justice for a Decade

<b>Lucknow:</b> It has been nearly ten years since a 13-year-old girl was gangraped by six men in Lucknow in May 2005, in what came to be known as the …

Prince George's most memorable gifts, in pictures - Telegraph

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Xiaomi's iPhone 6 Plus competitor doesn't rip off Apple

Xiaomi, one of the fastest-growing tech companies in China, has announced its latest flagship device. The Mi Note is a 6.95mm-thick smartphone with a 5.7-inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, options for a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3000 mAh battery, and curved glass on both the …

Mobile Technology

Before the Gold Rush

Every year, the days leading up to the Golden Globes offer a prime opportunity for European fashion brands to nab the attention of Hollywood—and hopefully share a bit of its star wattage. Mulberry began its courtship Friday night, co-hosting cocktails and a dinner with CEO of creative brand …

Amber Heard