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South Asian leaders gather at regional summit

By Wed, Nov 26, 2014 3:10PM UTC A Nepalese security officer patrols the area around Tribhuvan International Airport with a sniffer dog the prior to the arrival of South Asian leaders to attend the 18th summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) in Katmandu, Nepal, Tuesday. Pic: AP.

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — South Asian leaders, including from rivals India and Pakistan, have gathered in Nepal’s capital to boost cooperation in trade and energy and seek greater peace in the region, home to more than a fifth of the world’s population.

Thousands line up to vote in Indian Kashmir

By Tue, Nov 25, 2014 4:11PM UTC Thousands line up to vote in Indian Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Thousands of voters have lined up to cast their votes in state elections in Indian Kashmir amid a boycott call by Muslim separatist groups who reject India’s sovereignty over the disputed Himalayan region.

Hong Kong authorities to clear more protest barricades

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:46PM UTC Police officers stand guard after removing barricades in the Causeway Bay district of Hong Kong last month. Pic: AP.

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities say they will remove some barricades from part of a pro-democracy protest site in Mong Kok district, scene of previous violent confrontations with police and angry mobs.

Church: Papal visit not part of Sri Lanka politics

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:37PM UTC Pope Francis. Pic: AP.

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic church says Pope Francis’ visit in January should not be politicized and that papal images should not be used in the presidential election campaign.

Why India’s youth are kissing for their rights

By Mon, Nov 24, 2014 10:25AM UTC Indian women kiss each other to express support to the 'Kiss of Love’ campaign in New Delhi earlier this month. Pic: AP.

I have recently been following the ‘Kiss of Love’ protests that have spread from Kochi to Kolkata, Delhi and recently to Bangalore and everywhere else on social media. There are different stages of a human being’s life. For those such as me hitting middle age, intimacy with a wife or girlfriend in public areas undisturbed by cops or right and left wing elements is either not a priority or not possible.

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