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St. George’s Day in England: What’s Open, Closed on National Day? Banks, Mail, Post Office, Grocery Stores

Saint George is depicted dressed in shiny armor, trying to rescue a princess from a terrible dragon that is terrorizing her town. (NGA.Gov)
Saint George is depicted dressed in shiny armor, trying to rescue a princess from a terrible dragon that is terrorizing her town. (NGA.Gov)

Saint George’s Day–the feast day of Saint George and the National Day for England–is today, April 23. The day is not an official holiday, instead...


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  • Vacheslav Ponomarev, leader of the pro-Russian gunmen, speaks during a news conference in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that "it's time to stop talking and start acting" to reduce tension in Ukraine, offering a show of support for the besieged nation as an international agreement aimed at stemming its ongoing crisis appeared in doubt. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

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  • A Ukrainian guards a check-point near Barvinkove, eastern Ukraine, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

    Ukraine Orders Secutiry Forces to Resume ‘Anti-Terror’ Operations

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  • Russian forces march in the Ukrainian anti-aircraft unit in the western Crimean city of Yevpatoria as they took it over partially on March 5, 2014. Russian special forces have seized two Ukrainian anti-aircraft missile battalions. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

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  • Rescue troops are pictured at the end of an exercise at a Swiss military base on October 16, 2013 in Bremgarten. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

    Switzerland Ups Arms Budget Due to Ukraine Unrest

    STOCKHOLM—Following the crisis in Ukraine, Sweden’s government has proposed increasing the Nordic country’s military spending by 5.5 billion Swedish kronor ($830 million) a year. The... Read more

  • U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, left,and  Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk  smiles for the cameras during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, April. 22, 2014. Vice President Joe Biden told Ukrainian political leaders Tuesday that the United States stands with them against "humiliating threats" and encouraged them to root out corruption as they rebuild their government. In the most high-level visit of a U.S. official since crisis erupted in Ukraine, Biden told leaders from various political parties that he brings a message of support from President Barack Obama as they face a historic opportunity to usher in reforms.  (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Biden: Russia Must ‘stop Talking and Start Acting’

    KIEV, Ukraine— U.S. Vice President Joe Biden warned Russia on Tuesday that “it’s time to stop talking and start acting” to reduce tension in Ukraine,... Read more

  • The warships of the standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE with, from front to back, Estonian minehunter Admiral Cowen, Dutch minehunter Makkum, Norwegian minesweeper Otra and Belgian minehunter Belis set sail from Kiel, Germany, Tuesday, April 22, 2014. The group is one of NATO’s four standing Maritime Forces and deploys to the Baltic Sea to enhance maritime security and readiness in the region. The maritime Group was reactivated by a North Atlantic Council decision to enhance collective defense and assurance measures in response to the crisis in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer)

    NATO Minesweepers Set Off on Baltic Deployment

    KIEL, Germany— Five NATO mine-hunting ships have set off on a deployment in the Baltic Sea — part of the alliance’s efforts to strengthen its... Read more

  • Police: Man Wanted in NY Rape Case Caught in UK

    SYRACUSE, N.Y.— Authorities say a 47-year-old man who fled to Africa after being charged in 2010 with raping a child in western New York has... Read more

  • People wave a Russian national flag as they gather at barricades at the Ukrainian regional office of the Security Service in Luhansk, Ukraine, Monday, April 21, 2014. US Vice President Joe Biden is heading to Ukraine to meet with leaders of the turbulent country. Biden's visit comes a day after violence erupted in eastern Ukraine, despite an agreement last week aimed at easing tensions. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    US: Russia Has ‘Days, Not Weeks’ to Follow Accord

    KYIV, Ukraine— Russia has “days, not weeks” to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S. diplomat in... Read more

  • A Ukrainian soldier stands guard near an armored personnel carrier at Boryspil airport outside Kiev, Ukraine on Monday April 21, 2014.   U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to Ukraine to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an international agreement aimed at de-escalating tensions even as violence continues.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Russian Foreign Minister Blames Ukrainian Nationalists for Attack in Eastern Ukraine

    KIEV, Ukraine—Vice President Joe Biden on Monday launched a high-profile visit to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to Ukraine and push for urgent implementation of an... Read more

  • Men in uniform, one of them with a gun on a shoulder, wearing hand bandages of so-called Slavic patriotic organization reading: Oplot ( Stronghold), enter a city administration building in the city of Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (AP Photo/ Alexander Ermochenko)

    World War 3? Pictures Show Russian Troops Are in Ukraine, United States Says

    WASHINGTON—The State Department has released images of soldiers in easternUkraine that it says are Russian forces, showing militants wearing similar uniforms and brandishing Russian weapons. The... Read more

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    Armley, Leeds: Explosions and Fire Reported on Monday Morning (+Photos, Video)

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  • A man holds a Russian national flag as he and the others listen to a pro-Russian activist at barricades in front of a regional administration building that was seized by pro-Russian activists earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

    Lawmakers Call for Tighter Sanctions on Russia

    WASHINGTON — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking... Read more

  • A helicopter and an ambulance are seen at the Jamijarvi Airfield, southwest Finland, on Sunday April 20, 2014. A small passenger plane carrying parachuters fell to the ground near the airfield on Sunday afternoon. The police say that there are more than three victims. Three people out of 11 on the plane were rescued. (AP Photo/Mika Kanerva, Lehtikuva)     FINLAND OUT

    8 Killed in Finland Parachutist Plane Accident

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  • Large Wildfire in Dutch National Park

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  • Masked pro-Russia insurgents show a detained man, who reportedly is a member of the Right Sector, a nationalist Ukrainian group, when people gathered at barricades in front of a regional administration building that was seized by pro-Russian activists earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Pro-Russian activists brought to the stage a man who was accused of being a member of the radical organization Right sector. They also spoke about what he had found weapons and ammunition.(AP Photo/Max Vetrov)

    Ukraine, Russia Trade Blame for Eastern Shootout

    BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine—Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming... Read more

  • (Screenshot/Reuters)

    Ukraine PM Fears New Soviet Union

    In the Ukrainian city of Slaviansk pro-Russian separatists are proclaiming a regional republic. They’re here in support of fellow separatists refusing to leave public buildings... Read more

  • A pro-Russian gunman controls a road after a night fight at the check point which is under the control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near  Slovyansk, Ukraine, Sunday, April 20, 2014. At least one person was dead. Pro-Russian insurgents defiantly refused to surrender their weapons or give up government buildings in eastern Ukraine, despite a diplomatic accord reached in Geneva and overtures from the government in Kiev. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

    Shootout in Eastern Ukraine Leaves 1 Dead

    BYLBASIVKA, Ukraine — A shootout took place Sunday at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, which the insurgents and the Ukrainian police... Read more

  • Love locks are fixed on the Pont des Arts in Paris, Wednesday April 16, 2014. A recent fad among travellers of hitching padlocks on bridges and at tourist attractions worldwide to symbolically immortalize their amorous attraction has swept up this reputed City of Love more than most. Now, two American-born women who live in Paris say they've had enough, launching a petition drive to try to get mostly laissez-faire city officials to step in and do something about what they call an unbearable eyesore in a majestic municipality. (AP Photo/Remy de la Mauviniere)

    Aesthetics-minded Americans Decry Paris Love Locks

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  • In this photo made from video, two of the four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer, Didier Francois, foreground, and Edouard Elias, right, leave a local hospital after a medical check,  in Akcakale, Turkey, Saturday, April 19, 2014. Four French journalists who went missing in Syria last summer were found blindfolded and cuffed in Turkey's southeast Sanliurfa province late Friday, according to a private Turkish news agency. Dogan News Agency (DHA) said Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres were found by Turkish soldiers on routine patrol after the journalists were dropped off near the Turkey-Syria border by an unknown group. (AP Photo/DHA) TURKEY OUT TV OUT

    4 French Journalists Home After Long Syrian Ordeal

    PARIS— Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how... Read more

  • Drudge Report Decries Fall of America’s Middle Class

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  • Puffin seabirds in Scotland. (*Shutterstock)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 22

    Italy: Italians spend less on Easter long weekend Italians have been enjoying the Easter long weekend with family, eating at home rather than spending on... Read more

  • In this Thursday, April 3, 2014 photo, stars fill the sky above the Gray Knob cabin, a first-come, first-served hiker's camp located just below the tree line, 3.2 miles from Route 2 in Randolph, N.H. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

    International Dark Sky Week: Date, Meaning, Events

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  • World News to the Point: April 21, 2014. (Photos.com)

    World News to the Point: April 21

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  • Colorful kites flying in the sky during a festival. (*Shutterstock)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 21

    South Korea: Divers risk lives to find, save missing passengers Hundreds of civilian, Coast Guard and Navy divers are putting their lives on the line... Read more

  • Revellers celebrate the water festival in Yangon on April 12, 2012. The water festival, called Thingyan in Burmese, is also observed in other Southeast Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, and Thailand, is celebrated to welcome the traditional new year.(Soe Than WIN/AFP/Getty Images)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: April 20

    Burma: All the World’s a Stage For a wet, wild week in the middle of the month, thousands of young people in Yangon and other... Read more

  • Tiger in Bandhavgarh, India, 2009. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Wildlife Gives a Wake Up Call for Our Survival

    His voice carries a palpable sense of urgency, “We are in the eleventh hour!” he says. His passion for life undeniable, “Honoring life, is more... Read more

  • Eggs painted in Czech Republic, where some less pleasant traditions have accompanied Easter time. (ElPadawan via Compfight*)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: April 19

    Namibia: Satanism Tops Agenda of Teachers’ Conference Top on the agenda of the teachers’ conference …  in Karas Region is alleged satanism at schools and... Read more

  • Maidan Square

    The Promise of ‘Empty’

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  • Rwandan refugee  works for pennies a day picking tea on June 13, 2012 in Kibale, Uganda. (*Shutterstock/Ryan M. Bolton)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 18

    Norway: Man at recycling plant finds $16,000 in old safe An excavator operator at recycling facility in Norway has discovered 100,000 kroner ($16,000) left behind in... Read more

  • World News to the Point: April 18, 2014. (Photos.com)

    World News to the Point: April 18

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  • Senior White House adviser David Axelrod speaks during a television interview in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington. Britain's opposition Labour Party has recruited Axelrod, a top adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama's campaigns, to help with its leader's election bid next year. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

    UK Opposition Labour Party Hires Top Obama Adviser David Axelrod

    LONDON—Britain’s opposition Labour Party has recruited David Axelrod — a key figure behind Barack Obama’s two presidential victories — to help with its leader’s election... Read more

  • FILE - In this April 7,2014 file photo, the chief coordinator of the Joint Agency Coordination Center retired Chief Air Marshall Angus Houston listens to a question from the media during a press conference about the ongoing search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in Perth,  Australia. Houston has become the global face of the massive monthlong search operation off Australia's west coast to find the missing Boeing 777, which is believed to be resting somewhere on the silt-covered bottom of the Indian Ocean in a patch the size of Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)

    Australia’s Houston: Calm Face of Flight 370 Hunt

    PERTH, Australia—He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the... Read more

  • Protesters rally outside the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev on April 15, 2014, during a session as they demand from the authorities actions against separatism on the eastern part of the country. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday warned Kiev against using force to quell pro-Moscow separatists in eastern Ukraine, saying the 'criminal' act would undermine talks planned in Geneva. (Sergei Supinsky/AFP/Getty Images)

    UN Report Tells Russia to Drop Propaganda and Stick to Facts

    The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has released a report on the human rights situation in Ukraine. It outlines the main... Read more

  • Asian countries are spending more on their militaries even as other regions cut back. (U.S. Pacific Command/Flickr)

    World Cuts Back Military Spending, But Not Asia

    For the second year in a row, the world is spending a little less on the military. Asia, however, has failed to get the memo... Read more

  • Haiti Police, Protesters Clash as Frustration Builds in Caribbean Island Nation

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  • Chairman Of China Resources Group Conglomerate Investigated for Corruption

    BEIJING—China’s ruling Communist Party says the chairman of a massive state-owned conglomerate is being investigated on suspicion of corruption, nine months after the government audited... Read more

  • An Algerian woman casts her ballot in presidential elections in Algiers, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Algerians are trickling into the polls to elect a new president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be won by the ailing incumbent. President Abdelaziz Bouteflika has ruled this nation for the past 15 years and, despite suffering from a stroke, is running for a fourth term on a platform of stability. (AP Photo/Ouahab  Hebbat)

    Algerians Unenthusiatic About Presidential Election

    ALGIERS, Algeria— Algerians trickled into voting booths Thursday to elect the president of this oil-rich North African nation in an election expected to be dominated... Read more

  • Swimming turtle. (*Shutterstock)

    7 Headlines You Won’t Read Anywhere Else Today: Apr. 17

    Austria: Turtle flies from Vienna to India to try his luck with the ladies An endangered turtle from Schoenbrunn Zoo is taking a trip across... Read more

  • Lima, Perú: Rocío Tenorio, 27, Sales Promoter: I would like to be five years old, because my father died when I was ten, and I would have liked to have enjoyed more of his presence. I am attached to my family. I remember when I was that age I would go for a walk with my mother and father. Walking through the park, I felt very happy. The three of us always went out everywhere together. They are lovely memories of the time that I have engraved in my mind.

    Global Q&A: ‘If you could be any age for one week, what age would you be?’

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  • Denis Mamadou Cuspert, AKA German Rapper Deso Dogg, Killed in Syria: Reports

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  • A Yemeni man looks at a drone model in a show organized by the Shiite Huthi movement on April 19, 2014 in the capital Sanaa. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

    Drones Strike Yemen Over Weekend, Kill up to 65

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  • A Lebanese army vehicle carrying Lebanese soldiers is deployed on the street of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on April 2, 2014 in the first stage of a plan aimed at quelling deadly Syria-linked violence in the city. (Ibrahim Chalhoub/AFP/Getty Images)

    Lebanon Aids Village Bombed by Syria

    BEIRUT—A Lebanese army official says the military is delivering aid to an isolated village along Syria’s border that was bombed by President Bashar Assad’s forces... Read more

  • Iranian Lawmakers Seek Probe Into Prison Beatings

    TEHRAN, Iran— Iran’s official news agency says seven lawmakers have demanded a probe into alleged beatings of several political prisoners held at Tehran’s Evin prison... Read more

  • An Iraqi woman casts her ballot at a polling center during the country's provincial elections in Fallujah, Iraq, Thursday, June 20, 2013.  (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

    Militants Attack Balloting Center in Iraq, Kill 10

    BAGHDAD— A senior Iraqi police officer says militants attacked a balloting center in a remote area in the country’s north and killed 10 guards. It... Read more

  • Palestinian men hold pictures of imprisoned Fatah activist Marwan Barghouti, who was arrested by Israel in 2002 and sentenced to five life sentences for his role in the killing of four Israelis and a Greek monk, during a protest calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners, at the International Red Cross building in Gaza City, Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)

    Hamas and Fatah Meet in Gaza to Discuss Reconciliation

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip—A senior Hamas leader based in Egypt is in Gaza for talks aimed at reaching a reconciliation agreement between the two rival... Read more

  • New Drone Strike in Yemen Kills Al-Qaida Militants

    SANAA, Yemen— Yemeni security officials and tribal chiefs say that a suspected U.S. drone strike has killed several al-Qaida militants in the country’s south, including... Read more

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 file photo, an Israeli Iron Dome missile is launched near the city of Be'er Sheva, southern Israel, to intercept a rocket fired from Gaza. Israel's military has deployed Iron Dome defense system to the north of the country on Sunday May 5, 2013 following Israeli airstrikes in neighboring Syria targeting weapons believed to be destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah militants. Iron Dome protects against short-range rockets and Hezbollah has thousands of such projectiles. (AP Photo/Ahikam Seri, File)

    Gaza Militants Fire Missile, Rockets at Israel

    JERUSALEM— Israel’s military says Gaza militants have fired a missile at troops patrolling the border as well as several rockets into the south of the... Read more

  • Civilians inspect the aftermath of a car bomb attack in the crowded commercial area of Karrada, in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 18, 2014.  (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Suicide Attack In Iraq Kills at Least 9 People

    BAGHDAD— Iraqi officials say a suicide attack targeting a police checkpoint outside the capital, Baghdad, has killed at least nine people. A police officer says... Read more

  • FILE - In this March 21, 2014 file photo, Syrian troops stand by the Crac des Chevaliers as they take reporters on a tour a day after Syrian troops ousted rebels from the castle located near the village of Hosn, Syria. The fall of much of the rebel-held areas near the border with Lebanon recently show that President Bashar Assad is not only still standing, but that he is winning on the battlefield and preparing the ground for his re-election for another seven-year presidential term. (AP Photo, File)

    Syria to Hold Presidential Election on June 3

    DAMASCUS, Syria— Syria’s parliament speaker says the country will hold presidential elections on June 3. Monday’s announcement by the speaker, Mohammed Lahham, came just hours... Read more

  • FILE - In this Friday, May 31, 2013 file photo, camels rest, during a weekly camel market in Birqash, Egypt. Health officials say they have found a mysterious respiratory virus in a herd of camels in Qatar linked to two human cases of the disease.  In a statement on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 the World Health Organization said Qatari and Dutch scientists found three camels infected with MERS, a respiratory virus related to SARS, in a herd of 14 animals. Two men who both had contact with the camels later fell ill with MERS; both survived.  (AP Photo/Hiro Komae, File)

    Saudi Arabia Reports 3 More Deaths From MERS Virus

    RIYADH, Saudi Arabia— Saudi Arabia’s health ministry says three more patients who contracted a potentially fatal Middle East virus related to SARS have died amid... Read more

  • In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, tours the Christian village of Maaloula, near Damascus, Syria, Sunday April, 20, 2014. Assad visited a historic Christian village his forces recently captured from rebels, state media said, as the country's Greek Orthodox Patriarch vowed that Christians in the war-ravaged country "will not submit and yield" to extremists. The rebels, including fighters from the al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front, took Maaloula several times late last year. (AP Photo/SANA)

    Ahead of Vote, Syria’s Assad Visits Seized Village

    BEIRUT—Syria’s embattled president marked Easter with a tour Sunday of an ancient Christian village recently recaptured by his forces, an important symbolic prize for his... Read more

  • A Yemeni graffiti artist paints faces of victims of an al-Qaida militant attack on a wall during an 'anti-terrorism' campaign on March 6, 2014 in Sanaa. The victims were killed when a suicide bomber rammed an explosives-packed car into Yemen's defence ministry on December 5, 2013. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

    Yemen: Airstrike Targets Al-Qaida Training Camps

    SANAA, Yemen—A high-level government security committee in Yemen says an airstrike against training camps operated by suspected al-Qaida militants in a rugged southern mountain region... Read more

  • Iraqi security forces guard the main gate of a Shiite private college following a deadly suicide attack, in Baghdad’s eastern neighborhood of Ur, Iraq, Sunday, April 20, 2014. A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed over a dozen people and wounded scores of others in Iraq on Sunday, officials said. Less than two weeks ahead of parliamentary elections, Iraq is struggling to keep a lid on a surge in sectarian violence that has sent bloodshed soaring to levels not seen since the country balanced on the brink of civil war in 2006 and 2007. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

    Attacks Kill at Least 18 People in Iraq

    BAGHDAD— A series of attacks, including a coordinated assault on a private Shiite college in Baghdad, killed at least 18 people and wounded nearly 50... Read more

  • In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 photo, a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iranian state television reported on Saturday, April, 19, 2014 that Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi has said a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been “virtually resolved.” Iran and world powers are negotiating the terms of a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program. (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Mehdi Marizad)

    Next Iran Nuclear Talks to Be in New York: Report

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran’s state news agency is reporting that the next round of expert-level talks over its contested nuclear program will be held in New York... Read more

  • A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013. The rocket is carrying its first commercial payload, a communications satellite.  (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Emirati Firm Promises to Send Citizen Into Space

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates— One lucky citizen of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates could soon get the chance to be rocketed into space. Government-backed Aabar... Read more

  • Friends of Mustafa Mounir, 19, chant slogans against the al-Qaida breakaway group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), while carrying his flag-draped coffin during his funeral procession in Najaf, 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, April 18, 2014. Mustafa Mounir was killed in a car bomb attack in Baghdad on Thursday, his family said. (AP Photo/Jaber al-Helo)

    Bombs Targeting Soldiers, Shoppers Kill 16 in Iraq

    BAGHDAD—Attacks across Iraq, including a series of bombings targeting shoppers in a Sunni neighborhood in the country’s capital, killed at least 16 people Saturday, authorities... Read more

  • In this Jan. 15, 2011 photo, Iran's heavy water nuclear facility is backdropped by mountains near the central city of Arak, Iran. Iranian state television reported on Saturday, April, 19, 2014 that Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi has said a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been “virtually resolved.” Iran and world powers are negotiating the terms of a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program. (AP Photo/ISNA, Hamid Foroutan)

    Iran VP Says Row Over Nuclear Reactor Resolved: Report

    TEHRAN, Iran—Iran will redesign its Arak heavy water reactor to greatly limit the amount of plutonium it can make, the country’s vice president said Saturday,... Read more

  • Thousands of Bahraini anti-government protesters, waving national flags and gesturing defiantly, chant slogans during a march organized by opposition groups in A'ali, Bahrain, Friday, April 18, 2014. A pro-democracy uprising of peaceful daytime marches and violent nighttime clashes simmers in its fourth year in the Gulf island kingdom. (AP Photo/Hasan Jamali)

    Ministry: 2 Killed in Apparent Bahrain Car Bombing

    MANAMA, Bahrain— Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama. A statement Saturday... Read more

  • Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham speaks to the media during the weekly press conference in Tehran, on November 5, 2013. (Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images)

    Iran Denounces US Ruling to Sell Property

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  • In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Floribeth Mora stands by her shrine to Pope John Paul II inside the entrance to her home in La Union de Cartago, Costa Rica. Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared in May of 2011 in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint. Mora will attend the ceremony at the Vatican on April 27, 2014 as a guest of honor. (AP Photo/Enrique Martinez, File)

    Floribeth Mora Says Her Life Was Saved by Pope John Paul II

    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica—On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon... Read more

  • 8 Dead in Northern Mexico Plane Crash

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    Earthquake Today in Mexico: 7.5 Magnitude Quake (Temblor) Strikes Acapulco, Mexico City

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  • Gabriel García Márquez in a March 6, 2014 file photo in Mexico City. (AFP/Getty Images)

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  • In this Feb. 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in handcuffs, is escorted to a helicopter by Mexican navy marines in Mexico City, Mexico. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

    ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán News: Extradition to United States Off the Table, Top Mexican Official Says

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  • Gabriel García Márquez in a March 6, 2014 file photo in Mexico City. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Gabriel García Márquez ‘Stable’ But ‘Fragile’ After Leaving Hospital in Mexico City

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  • Striking workers stand in front the entrance of the Olympic Park, the main cluster of venues under construction for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, April 8, 2014. The labor dispute centers around which union represents the construction workers, and also involves benefits and working conditions. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Brazil Olympics Construction Strike Continues

    RIO DE JANEIRO—More than 2,000 workers stayed away from venue construction sites for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics on Tuesday as a strike that... Read more

  • Venezuela's Vice President Jorge Arreaza, center, accompanied of Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino, right, Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, third right, Venezuela's Foreign Minister Elias Jaua, fourth right, and Colombia's Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin, fifth right, prepares to speak to the media after a closed door meeting between the government and opposition representatives in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, April. 15, 2014. Venezuela's opposition resumed negotiations with the government Tuesday amid rising doubts that the talks will produce a long-sought political opening. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)

    Venezuelan Crisis Talks Show Signs Of Progress

    CARACAS, Venezuela—Negotiators from Venezuela’s government and the opposition agreed to broaden membership in a truth commission tasked with investigating who’s to blame for 41 deaths... Read more

  • Police investigate the scene of a multiple fatal stabbing in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Police say five people are dead after the stabbing at a house party. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Larry MacDougal)

    Police Report Five Dead in Calgary Stabbings

    CALGARY, Alberta—Five people are dead and a suspect is in custody after multiple stabbings at a house party near the University of Calgary in Alberta... Read more

  • Firefighters take a break from battling blazes after an out of control forest fire reached urban areas in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, early Monday April 14, 2014. Firefighters struggled for a second night to contain blazes that reached this port city, killing at least a dozen people, destroyed hundreds homes and has forced the evacuation of thousands. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Wildfires Still Burn in Chile’s Valparaiso; 12 Dead, 500 Hurt

    VALPARAISO, Chile— Helicopters and airplanes dumped water on wildfires and the smoldering wreckage of hilltop neighborhoods Monday as sailors in riot gear prepared to evacuate... Read more

  • A person tries to extinguish flames as sparks fly during a forest fire in Valparaiso, Chile, early Sunday, April 13, 2014. Authorities say the fires have destroyed hundreds of homes, forced the evacuation of thousands and claimed the lives of eleven people. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)

    Chile Fire Toll: 11 dead, 1,000 homes destroyed, 10,000 evacuated

    VALPARAISO, Chile—A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful port city throughout the night and day on Sunday, killing at least 11... Read more

  • An out of control forest fire destroys homes in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Sunday April 13, 2014. Authorities say the forest fire has destroyed at least 150 homes and is forcing evacuations. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)

    Valparaiso, Chile: Death Toll Rising in Fire, Thousands Flee

    VALPARAISO, Chile— A fire raging in this colorful port city has killed at least 16 people and destroyed 500 homes, President Michelle Bachelet said Sunday... Read more

  • In this pool photo of a sketch by courtroom artist Janet Hamlin and reviewed by the U.S. Department of Defense, attorney James Connell, center, Pentagon-appointed defense lawyer for Sept. 11 co-conspirator Ammar al Baluchi, questions retired U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald, who last served as the 40th Judge Advocate General of the Navy, via video conference during the pretrial hearings at the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, Monday, June 17, 2013. Five Guantanamo Bay prisoners accused of helping orchestrate the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks returned to court Monday as arguments resumed over the preparations for a trial that remains distant. At far right is the self-proclaimed terrorist mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. (AP Photo/Janet Hamlin)

    Window Opens on Secret Camp Within Guantanamo

    GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba—Attorney James Connell has visited his client inside the secret Guantanamo prison complex known as Camp 7 only once, taken in... Read more

  • An out of control forest fire rages towards urban areas in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Saturday, April 12, 2014. Authorities say the forest fire has destroyed at least 150 homes and is forcing evacuations. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)

    Valparaiso, Chile: Forest Fire Kills 7, Destroys at Least 500 Homes

    SANTIAGO, Chile— A fire raging in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least seven people and destroyed 500 homes, officials said Sunday... Read more

  • An out of control forest fire destroys homes in the city of Valparaiso, Chile, Sunday April 13, 2014. Authorities say the forest fire has destroyed at least 150 homes and is forcing evacuations. ( AP Photo/ Luis Hidalgo)

    4 Dead in Chile Forest Fire; 500 Homes Destroyed

    SANTIAGO, Chile— A large forest fire raging in the Chilean port city of Valparaiso has killed at least four people and destroyed 500 homes, officials... Read more

  • A girl walks in front a home damaged by an earthquake in Nagarote, Nicaragua, Friday, April 11, 2014. Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega declared red alert Friday after an earthquake of 6.2 magnitude on the Richter scale that shook the country on Thursday and left one dead, hundreds of houses damaged and thousands of people affected . (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

    Earthquake Today: 6.6 Quake, Temblor Strikes Nicaragua; Damage Reported

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shook Nicaragua on Friday afternoon, sending people running frightened into the streets less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake... Read more

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a meeting with Venezuelan opposition leaders and Latin American Foreign Affairs Ministers at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on April 10, 2014. (Juan Barreto/AFP/Getty Images)

    Maduro Holds Talks to Calm Venezuela’s Violent Protests (video)

    Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is meeting with opposition leaders to discuss the country’s violent anti-government protests.  …... Read more

  • Squatters carrying building materials, walk in an abandoned area they recently occupied in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

    Brazil Police Clash With Squatters in Rio De Janeiro

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Squatters in Rio de Janeiro are clashing with police after a Brazilian court ordered that 5,000 people be evicted from abandoned buildings of... Read more

  • Peru Arrests 24 From Shining Path Political Wing

    LIMA, Peru—Peruvian security forces have arrested 24 leaders of the political wing of the Shining Path rebel movement including the lawyer of its imprisoned leader... Read more

  • Strikers sit on a main highway with banners that read in Spanish; "Active strike," in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, April 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Argentina Paralyzed by Nationwide Strike Over Inflation

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—A nationwide strike has paralyzed Argentina’s economy, shutting down air, train and bus traffic while also closing businesses, public schools and ports. That... Read more

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    Amanda Todd Death: Dutch Man Arrested for Allegedly Extorting British Columbia Teen

    A 35-year-old man whose name has not been publicly released has been arrested in connection to the suicide of Amanda Todd, a 15-year-old girl from... Read more

  • Christine Elliott and her sons Quinn, John, and Galen wait for the start of the state funeral for her late husband Jim Flaherty in Toronto on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Frank Gunn)

    Political Players of All Party Stripes Gather for Fond Farewell to Jim Flaherty

    TORONTO—A gallery of political luminaries from all sides of the partisan divide gathered at a cavernous Toronto cathedral Wednesday to set aside their differences and... Read more

  • Bank of Canada Leaves Rates Unchanged

    OTTAWA—Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says he has not ruled out a future cut to interest rates despite his belief that the global and... Read more

  • Home Sales Up in March, Supply Remains Tight

    TORONTO—The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) says the number of homes sold last month was up 4.9 percent compared with the same month last year,... Read more

  • Greenpeace activists pose with posters in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, Germany, on April 13, 2014 to support clean energy. A Canadian study analyzing temperature data since 1500 all but rules out the possibility that global warming in the industrial era is just a natural fluctuation in the earth’s climate. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Industrial-Era Climate Change Not Due to Natural Causes, Study Finds

    A new study of temperature data from 1500 to 2004 appears to have cemented the impact of the industrial era on earth’s climate using historic... Read more

  • Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter speaks during an interview on March 24, 2014, in New York. The Prime Minister's Office reacted swiftly to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    Ottawa Scolds Jimmy Carter Over Keystone XL Position

    WASHINGTON—The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government.  The Prime Minister’s Office reacted swiftly Wednesday... Read more

  • Safety Enhancements Recommended to Ottawa Transit Commission

    OTTAWA—At the Transit Commission meeting at city hall on Wednesday, consultant firm MMM Group presented its assessment on the need to change the policies for... Read more

  • University of Calgary students and staff get emotional during a university memorial service for victims of the multiple fatal stabbing in the northwest area of the city on April 15, 2014. (The Canadian Press/Larry MacDougal)

    Grief from Calgary Mass Murder Sinking In with U of C Students

    CALGARY—Students at the University of Calgary are struggling to cope following the worst mass murder in the city’s history that left five young people dead... Read more

  • Ontario Man Charged in Heartbleed Breach at Canada Revenue Agency

    OTTAWA—Police have charged a 19-year-old man from London, Ont., in connection with the loss of taxpayer data from the Canada Revenue Agency website. Stephen Arthuro... Read more

  • A man works his phone as he drives through traffic. Distracted driving now kills more people than impaired driving in at least four provinces. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Driver Distraction a Growing Peril on Canada’s Roads

    After surviving two car accidents and observing distracted drivers endanger the roads in her community, Karen Bowman decided she had to do something about it... Read more

  • Ex-Transport Quebec Engineer Accepted Trips, Cash in Exchange for Contracts

    MONTREAL—A former Transport Quebec engineer says he was routinely bribed by construction and engineering firms in exchange for help with lucrative government contracts. Guy Hamel... Read more

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    Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes ID’d as ‘Heartbleed’ Hacker, Arrested by Canadian Police

    Stephen Arthuro Solis-Reyes has been identified as a “Heartbleed” hacker and arrested by Canadian police. Solis-Reyes, a 19-year-old Western university student, was arrested at his... Read more

  • Carly Pereira, sales manager at Purple Urchin, shows one of the 33 bar soaps available at the store. (Pam McLennan/Epoch Times)

    Purple Urchin Naturally for Body, Bath, and Beauty

    OTTAWA—Purple Urchin on Somerset St. West sells a complete line of bath and body products for adults, babies, and pets that are natural and handmade... Read more

  • Josh Hunter, left, and Zackariah Rathwell, third from left, were identified as two of the victims of the Calgary attack. (Facebook)

    Zackariah Rathwell and Josh Hunter of Zackariah & The Prophets ID’d as Victims in Calgary Stabbing Attack

    Zackariah Rathwell and Josh Hunter of the band Zackariah & The Prophets have been named as two of the five victims in the mass stabbing... Read more

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    Doug de Grood, Father of Calgary Stabbing Suspect: Facts About Veteran Cop (+Photos)

    Doug de Grood is the father of Calgary stabbing suspect Matt de Grood, who is believed to have killed five people early Tuesday morning at... Read more

  • Members of the Northern Caribou Maternity Penning Project add a radio collar and take blood samples from a female caribou near Chetwynd, B.C. The pregnant female will live in a secure penned area for protection from predators and be fed and monitored until she delivers her calf and they are both strong enough to be released back into the open range in July. (CNW Group/West Moberly First Nations)

    First Nations Project Aims to Save Disappearing Caribou

    The rapidly approaching extinction of a herd of woodland caribou in northern British Columbia has prompted local First Nations to initiate a unique conservation project... Read more

  • Chairman of The Minto Group Roger Greenberg shares what he learned about stepping down as CEO while doing what was in the best interest of the company. (Mark Holleron/OBJ)

    Former Minto CEO Advises On Orderly Succession Planning

    OTTAWA—When Roger Greenberg stepped down as CEO of the multi-award winning Minto Group last fall, it was a smooth transition for the prominent real estate... Read more

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    Matthew de Grood ID’d as Suspect in University of Calgary Party Stabbing (+Photos)

    The worst mass murder in Calgary’s history–leaving five people dead–was brought on by the son of a police officer, Calgary Police Services Chief Rick Hanson said at... Read more

  • Former Olympic Sprinter Ben Johnson Joins Ford’s Campaign Team

    TORONTO —Disgraced Olympic sprinter Ben Johnson and a member of the mockumentary series “Trailer Park Boys” have joined Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s re-election team. Ford... Read more

  • Finance minister Jim Flaherty speaks during a television interview after tabling the budget on Feb. 11, 2014.(The Canadian Press/Justin Tang)

    Jim Flaherty, Longtime Canadian Finance Minister Dies at 64

    TORONTO— Former Canadian finance minister Jim Flaherty, a fixture on the world financial stage who stepped down last month, has died. He was 64. Flaherty’s family... Read more

  • Gurdarshan Gill of India is sworn in as a U.S. citizen during a naturalization ceremony May 22, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Over 1,400 immigrants from 100 countries became U.S. citizens at the ceremony. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    The Strategic Import of India-US Migration

    Migration is the foundation stone of India-US relations, if not the bedrock itself. Modern migration of Indians into the United States of America has been... Read more

  • Tiger in Bandhavgarh, India, 2009. (Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson)

    Wildlife Gives a Wake Up Call for Our Survival

    His voice carries a palpable sense of urgency, “We are in the eleventh hour!” he says. His passion for life undeniable, “Honoring life, is more... Read more

  • Samarjeet Pattnaik, attorney of a New York City police officer Manny Encarnacion, speaks to the media in New Delhi, India, Thursday, April 17, 2014. An Indian court said Thursday it won't rule before July 1 on the case of Encarnacion arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. Encarnacion was arrested in March after Indian authorities discovered three bullets he had accidentally packed in his luggage. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Court Extends NYC Officer’s Weapons Case in India

    NEW DELHI— An Indian court says it won’t rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New... Read more

  • An Assam police officer, left, takes a photograph on his mobile of a train that derailed near Jagiroad Railway Station, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Wednesday, April 16 2014. According to a Northeast Frontier Railway officer, dozens of people were injured when the train jumped the tracks and derailed early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Train Derails in Northern India, None Killed

    GAUHATI, India—A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, and dozens of passengers suffered mostly minor injuries. The engine and nine of the train’s... Read more

  • An Assam police officer, left, takes a photograph on his mobile of a train that derailed near Jagiroad Railway Station, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) east of Gauhati, India, Wednesday, April 16 2014. According to a Northeast Frontier Railway officer, dozens of people were injured when the train jumped the tracks and derailed early Wednesday. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

    Train Derails in Northeast India, Injuring Dozens

    GAUHATI, India— A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, injuring dozens of passengers. The engine and nine of the train’s 13 coaches jumped... Read more

  • Rebels Kill 12 in Anti-election Campaign in India

    PATNA, India— Police say Indian Maoist rebels killed 12 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chhattisgarh as they continue a campaign... Read more

  • Indigenous women belonging to the Kandha tribe display their voter's identity cards as they wait to cast their votes outside a polling station during Indian parliamentary elections at Dingesiguda village in Kandhamal district, Orissa state, India, Thursday, April 10, 2014. Millions of people are voting in the third phase of the elections Thursday, covering parts of 11 of India's 28 states. The multiphase voting across the country runs until May 12, with results for the 543-seat lower house of parliament announced May 16. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

    India Votes in Crucial Phase of National Elections

    PATNA, India— Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections Thursday, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states that are... Read more

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio turns to speak with a Brooklyn resident as he walks to his car in East New York, Brooklyn, on April 7, 2014. The mayor earlier reiterated his support for a detained NYPD officer in India. (Ivan Pentchoukov/Epoch Times)

    De Blasio Promises Support for NYPD Officer Detained in India

    NEW YORK—Mayor de Blasio reiterated his support Monday for an NYPD officer who was detained in India. “I don’t know the details yet of what... Read more

  • Indian voters wait in queues to cast their votes during the first phase of elections in Dibrugarh, in the northeastern state of Assam, India, Monday, April 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

    Voting Starts in India in World’s Largest Election

    GAUHATI, India—Voters in India’s remote northeast cast ballots on the first day of the world’s biggest election Monday, with the opposition heading into the polls... Read more

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    A Student’s Nightmare: World’s Longest Lecture Ran for 139 Hours

    An assistant professor of mechanical engineering at the Graphic Era University in India has officially broken the record for the longest lecture ever, with a... Read more

  • Police officers escort one of the four convicts who raped a journalist last year inside an abandoned textile mil, to court in Mumbai, India, Friday, March 21, 2014. AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

    India: 3 Who Raped Journalist Sentenced to Death

    NEW DELHI— An Indian court on Friday sentenced to death three men who raped a photojournalist inside an abandoned textile mill last year in Mumbai,... Read more

  • In this Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo, young Indian employees of Infosys Technologies walk outside the company's headquarters at Electronic City in Bangalore, India. As the world's largest democracy of 1.2 billion people, including 814 million voters, launches a marathon six-week national election contest, all eyes are on India's enormous population of ambitious, tech-savvy and politically engaged youths. Nowhere is the high-tech transition more clear than amid the bright cafes and technology companies of Bangalore, seen as the economy's beating heart and brain trust with its large number of scientists, engineers and corporate professionals drawn from India's brightest youths. With 63 percent of its population under 25, Bangalore is one of India's youngest cities. (AP Photo/Kashif Masood)

    Young Voters Can Change India’s Future

    BANGALORE, India—What do India’s youth want from their politicians? Clean water, universal health care, women’s safety, food for all, better education, less corruption, better roads,... Read more

  • Supporters listen to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or common man party, chief Arvind Kejriwal during an election campaign rally in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, April, 2, 2014. The election commission says 363 political parties participated in the 2009 elections. The number will likely be similar in this election that will be held from April 7 to May 12, although only seven of these are nationally recognized parties and another 34 were recognized as regional parties. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    World’s Largest Democracy Among its Most Complex

    NEW DELHI— In a country where men have long told their wives whom to vote for, Sheila Kumar says she has no intention of letting... Read more

  • People dressed in traditional attire take out a procession to celebrate "Gudi Padwa", or the Marathi new year, in Mumbai, India, Monday, March 31, 2014. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

    Gudi Padwa 2014 Images: Photos of the Celebration of the Hindu New Year

    Gudi Padwa is a celebration of the Hindu lunar New Year’s Day, falling on the first day of the Chaitra month. That’s April 1 this... Read more

  • Indian Air Force personnel march past a C-130 J Hercules aircraft during parade rehearsals for Air Force Day at the Air Force Station in Hindon, on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011. Air Force Day will be marked on Oct. 8. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan)

    Indian Air Force C-130 Plane With 5 Aboard Crashes

    NEW DELHI— An Indian Air Force C-130J Hercules cargo plane with five crew members on board crashed Friday during a routine training mission, an air... Read more

  • An injured man is carried on a stretcher for treatment to the Government Medical College after an attack in Jammu, India, Friday, March 28, 2014. One person was killed and three others injured Friday when unidentified gunmen wearing army uniform stopped a vehicle on the Jammu-Pathankot National Highway and shot its occupants, police said. The gunmen later escaped in the same vehicle. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

    Gunmen Disguised as Indian Troops Spark Gunbattle

    SRINAGAR, India— An Indian police official says gunmen disguised as Indian soldiers opened fire on a car in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing a passenger and triggering... Read more

  • Asha Parekh in a file photo. (AFP/Getty Images)

    Asha Parekh Dead or Alive? Bollywood Actress is Still Alive Despite ‘RIP’ Messages

    Asha Parekh is not dead–the Indian actress is very much alive despite news going viral that supposedly detailed her death. “RIP” (Rest in Peace) messages... Read more

  • Rukshar Khatoon, the last person in India to contract polio, looks out from a bamboo fence at her home in Shahpara Village (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

    India is Polio-Free After 3 Years With No New Case

    The scourge of polio ends in India with a lively 4-year-old girl, Rukhsar Khatoon, who became ill as a baby after her parents forgot to... Read more

  • India’s Congress Party Unveils Election Manifesto

    NEW DELHI— India’s ruling Congress Party has unveiled its election manifesto ahead of next month’s polls, promising new jobs and a stronger economy in an... Read more

  • India Ends Hunt for Man-Eating Tiger

    LUCKNOW, India—India has called off its hunt for a man-eating tiger that was prowling villages in the country’s north after no reports of new deaths... Read more


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