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Wanted: A new perspective on corruption in India

By Sun, Dec 05, 2010 6:12PM UTC

Is corruption exaggerated in India? Many would think the opposite. But Jagdish Bhagwati thinks corruption might be exaggerated in India. In an address to MPs a few days ago, the Columbia University economist said even a blind Indian “will tell you how he saw ‘with his own eyes’ a bribe

Hong Kong protest calls for Nobel winner’s freedom

By Sun, Dec 05, 2010 5:45PM UTC

Protesters are rallying in Hong Kong for the release of jailed Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. It’s one of several events in support of the Chinese dissident being held around the world ahead of the prize ceremony in Oslo on Friday. A small crowd of demonstrators with banners gathered

NKorea lambasts SKorea’s new defense chief

By Sun, Dec 05, 2010 5:33PM UTC

North Korea lambasted South Korea’s new defense chief Sunday for threatening to launch air strikes against the North and accused the South of causing “uncontrollable, extreme” tension on the peninsula. The South’s Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a confirmation hearing last week that jets would bomb the North if it

Thailand marks 83rd birthday of revered king

By Sun, Dec 05, 2010 5:15PM UTC

Thailand is marking the 83rd birthday of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch, but elaborate celebrations fail to mask concern over his health and the future of the royal institution. Bhumibol delivered his annual birthday speech Sunday, sounding what has become his usual call for unity to keep

French President Sarkozy, Bruni visit Taj Mahal

By Sun, Dec 05, 2010 5:06PM UTC

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife Carla Bruni spent nearly 45 minutes at the Taj Mahal over the weekend, during an official visit to India, officials said. France’s first couple headed to the 17th century-white marble edifice on Saturday evening shortly after their arrival in Agra where the Taj