Sruthi Radhakrishnan

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Facebook to buy messaging network WhatsApp

Facebook, the world's biggest social-networking company, says it is buying the mobile messaging service WhatsApp in a deal worth $16bn.<p>The purchase, announced on Wednesday, will leave WhatsApp with its own independent board.<p>WhatsApp is a cross-platform mobile app which allows users to exchange …

India's northeast speaks out against racism | China

A recent street brawl in New Delhi that spiralled out of control and led to the death of a young student from India's Arunachal Pradesh has brought into focus what people from the northeast have always bitterly complained about without getting much of a hearing: racial discrimination that they …

Civilians paying the price for Beirut attack | Afghanistan

<b>Beirut, Lebanon -</b> The twin suicide bombing that hit the southern suburbs of Beirut during the morning rush hour on Wednesday has killed five people and wounded more than 100.<p>Glass covered the road and the facades of nearby buildings were torn off. Emergency teams carried wounded people away from a …

Fear grips Beirut suburbs after sixth suicide bombing in four months

The sixth suicide bombing in Lebanon in less than four months has cast a pall over Beirut's southern suburbs, where residents fear that neither state security nor a Hezbollah cordon can spare them from a rising insurgency.<p>Eight people, including two suicide attackers, were killed early on Wednesday …

Female refugees from Syria 'blighted by gynaecological illness and stress'

Syrian women who have fled to Lebanon are suffering severe stress and health problems including a high rate of pre-term births and complications among those who are pregnant, according to a study.<p>Researchers from Yale University say the women, living in north Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley, are not …

Tony Blair offered to be unofficial adviser to Brooks and Murdoch over phone hacking scandal, court hears

In an hour-long phone conversation with Mrs Brooks the day after the News of the World was closed in July 2011, the former Prime Minister advised her to “tough up” telling her “it will pass”<p>Tony Blair secretly offered to act as an unofficial adviser to Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch as the phone …

EU seeks peace as Ukraine death toll hits 75

KIEV (Reuters) - European Union ministers sought to broker a political settlement in Ukraine after gun battles between police and anti-government protesters brought the death toll to 75 in two days of the worst violence in the country since Soviet times.<p>Three hours of fierce fighting in Kiev’s …