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  • Saudi capital turns quiet for day of mourning 25 Jan 2015 | 2:40 am

    The Kuwait Towers in Kuwait City, are lit up with the portrait of Saudi Arabia's late King Abdullah (L) and the color of the Saudi flag (R), on January 24, 2015The normally gridlocked streets of the Saudi capital were quiet on Sunday after King Salman declared a day of mourning for his predecessor Abdullah, and more foreign leaders made their way to the kingdom. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro was travelling to offer condolences to Salman, who acceded to the throne on Friday after Abdullah's death at the age of about 90. US President Barack Obama announced he would cut short a visit to India to travel to the kingdom on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia has long been a key US ally and last year joined the US-led coalition carrying out air strikes against the Islamic State jihadist group.

  • Factbox: Obama and Modi aim high with India summit 25 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am

    (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in India on Sunday for the second time, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st Century. Obama's visit is a fresh bid to make Asia's third-largest economy an enduring strategic partner and nurture his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who broke with protocol to meet and bear-hug Obama when he landed in New Delhi. Following are some key areas likely to be discussed during his visit: STRATEGIC IMPORTANCE India's size, location, fast-growing economy and potential as a democratic counterbalance to China makes the South Asian nation an increasingly important element of U.S. military and commercial strategy. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's assertiveness in the region has already aligned India more with Washington, but they do not see eye-to-eye on Pakistan, and India is worried about the exit of U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

  • 2022 World Cup in winter, says AFC boss 25 Jan 2015 | 1:59 am

    AFC chief Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa speaks at a press conference after the Extraordinary Congress meeting in Melbourne before the start of the Asian Cup on January 9, 2015The 2022 World Cup in Qatar looks increasingly likely to be played in November and December to avoid the region's blazing summer heat, Asia's football supremo said. Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, who heads the FIFA taskforce charged with investigating potential dates for the 2022 World Cup, told reporters in Sydney that it also made sense to avoid a calendar clash with the 2022 Winter Olympics. "The period best suited for hosting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be in November and December because for sure it needs to be played in the winter," he said on the sidelines of the Asian Cup. The shaikh added that his working group had decided that a winter World Cup was in the best interests of all parties.

  • Obama looks to build toward policy breakthroughs with India 25 Jan 2015 | 1:32 am

    U.S. President Barack Obama folds his hands in a traditional Indian greeting gesture, as Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, center, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi laugh during a ceremonial reception at the Indian presidential Palace in New Delhi, India, Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015. Obama is the first American leader to be invited to attend India's Republic Day festivities, which commence Monday and mark the anniversary of the enactment of the country's democratic constitution. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)NEW DELHI (AP) — President Barack Obama was welcomed like royalty Sunday in India as he opened a three-day visit aimed at turning his burgeoning rapport with Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic issues.

  • World Cup returns, three 2016 outdoor games set 24 Jan 2015 | 4:31 pm

    The World Cup of Hockey, an infrequent global showdown of elite ice hockey talent last staged in 2004, will return in 2016 with eight teams competing over two weeks at TorontoThe World Cup of Hockey, an infrequent global showdown of elite ice hockey talent last staged in 2004, will return in 2016 with eight teams competing over two weeks at Toronto. The National Hockey League announced Saturday that Canada, Russia, United States, Sweden, Finland and Czech Republic would be joined by Team Europe, an all-star collection from other European nations, and a 23-and-under team from the host region dubbed the North American Youngstars. The NHL also announced 2016 outdoor game plans, with the Boston Bruins, Minnesota Wild and Colorado Avalanche set to host games next year. "We are thrilled to partner with the (union) in planning and producing what we expect will be the world's best international hockey tournament," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said.

  • US sends its most senior visitor to Thailand since coup 24 Jan 2015 | 9:37 am

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is sending its highest-level diplomatic visitor to Thailand since last year's military coup, although a return to democracy there remains a distant prospect.

  • Dignitaries head to Saudi Arabia after King Abdullah's death 24 Jan 2015 | 8:18 am

    FILE - In this March 28, 2014 file photo, President Barack Obama meets with Saudi King Abdullah at Rawdat Khuraim, Saudi Arabia. President Barack Obama will cut short his three-day trip to India to travel to Saudi Arabia to pay respects following the death of King Abdullah, U.S. and Indian officials said Saturday, hours before the U.S. president was to depart for New Delhi. The schedule change means Obama will skip plans to visit the Taj Mahal, the white marble monument of love. Pradeep Bhatnagar, a top state official based in the city of Agra, where the Taj Mahal is located, said U.S. security officials informed him of the cancellation Saturday. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — World leaders and top dignitaries began arriving in Saudi Arabia on Saturday to give their condolences following the death of King Abdullah, who died early Friday at age 90 after nearly two decades at the helm.

  • Obama seeks to leverage ties with India's Modi during visit 23 Jan 2015 | 11:22 pm

    An Indian worker places an American flag on a flag pole in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited U.S. President Barack Obama to be the first American president to attend India’s annual Republic Day festivities marked on Jan. 26. The Indian flag is seen on right. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will seek to leverage his burgeoning bond with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi into progress on climate change, defense and economic ties as he opens a three-day visit to New Delhi.

  • Thai ex-premier says 'democracy is dead' after impeachment 23 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm

    Singtong Buechoom, a legal team member of the Pheu Thai Party, is surrounded by journalists while speaking about former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015. A military-appointed legislature voted to impeach Yingluck on Friday, a move that could further polarize a divided nation that's been beset by political upheaval for a decade. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's former Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra said Friday that democracy in her country was dead, after the military-appointed legislature voted to ban her from politics for five years and the prosecutor announced plans to indict her on criminal charges in connection with a money-losing rice subsidy program.

  • Post-attack Charlie Hebdo weekly circulation tops 7 million 23 Jan 2015 | 2:54 pm

    A woman lights a candle outside the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 10, 2015Circulation of the "survivors'" issue of Charlie Hebdo, published after a deadly attack on the French satirical weekly's Paris office, is set to top seven million, the distributor said Friday. A total of 6.3 million copies were for France alone, amid an outpouring of grief and anger over the attack by two Islamist gunmen this month which left 12 people dead, including some of Charlie Hebdo's top cartoonists. The new edition featured a cartoon of Islam's Prophet Mohammed on its front cover, sparking protests across the Muslim world, which had already been angered by past Charlie Hebdo depictions of the prophet.

Jyoti Basu: Longest serving Indian political figure, dies

The former chief minister of Bengal died earlier today. Jyoti Basu was hospitalized with pneumonia and then put on a respirator following acute breathing difficulty. He was admitted to the hospital last Friday and while showing some improvement the first few days of his hosp…
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