By Natasha Baker TORONTO (Reuters) - A new app launched on Monday aims to bring William Shakespeare's sonnets to the masses with the help of short films starring stage actors performing them in front of New York landmarks. The Sonnet Project is a free app for the iPhone and iPad that showcases the bard's poetry through films of up to two minutes and performances by Tony-Award winning actors Joanna Gleason and Cady Huffman, among others. "Shakespeare gets a bad rap. ...
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A court in Pakistan Monday granted bail to Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 assassination case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, but the former president will More »
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By Frank Jack Daniel and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army More »
- Car bombs target Shi'ites in Iraq, killing more than 60 Reuters
By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 60 people were killed in a series of car bomb explosions targeting Shi'ite Muslims across Iraq on Monday, police and More »
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Sreesanth had plans to party all night "with as many women as possible" on May 15, the Delhi Police have said. They claimed the cricketer was drunk and easily lured More »
- Saradha scam: Debjani Mukherjee sent to judicial custody IANS
Kolkata, May 20 (IANS) Saradha Group director Debjani Mukherjee, a co-accused in the multi-crore fund scam, was remanded in judicial custody till May 31 in various More »
- Accused in Indian-origin New Zealander's murder owed money IANS
Wellington, May 20 (IANS) One of the two men accused of burning alive an Indian-origin man in New Zealand Jan 30 this year owed the victim money, the police report More »
- Don't wear socks, hot Pakistanis told amid power crisis Reuters
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has told civil servants not to wear socks as the country turns off air-conditioners amid a chronic power crisis and soaring More »
- UK tries out new model for gene testing in cancer patients Reuters
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Britain launched a research programme on Monday that should eventually allow all cancer patients to have access to the kind of genetic analysis that led Hollywood star Angelina Jolie to decide to undergo a double mastectomy. The project, involving the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) in London, the U.S. gene sequencing firm Illumina , geneticists and cancer doctors, aims to find a way to allow more cancer genes be tested in more people. Researchers announcing the 2. ...
- Car bombs target Shi'ites in Iraq, killing more than 60 Reuters
By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD (Reuters) - More than 60 people were killed in a series of car bomb explosions targeting Shi'ite Muslims across Iraq on Monday, police and medics said, part of the worst sectarian violence since U.S. troops pulled out in December 2011. The attacks brought the number killed in sectarian clashes in the past week to over 200, and tensions between Shi'ites, who now lead Iraq, and minority Sunni Muslims have reached a point where some fear a return to all-out civil conflict. No group claimed responsibility for the bombings. ...
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OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) - The central United States braced for another round of violent weather on Monday after high winds, hail, and tornadoes struck the region over the weekend, killing one man and injuring more than 20 people. Severe storms were expected to pummel several states, with northwest Arkansas, far southeast Kansas, southern Missouri, most of Oklahoma and northern Texas facing the greatest risk, according to the National Weather Service. "A very moist atmosphere will become quite unstable again today," the weather service said. ...
- "No option off table" over Syria - Britain's Hague Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday that "no option is off the table" over the possible arming of Syrian rebels and said it would press the European Union to make further changes to its weapons embargo. In a statement to parliament, Foreign Secretary William Hague said the EU should rethink its embargo on sending weapons to Syria, even if it holds back from making an immediate decision on whether to arm the opposition to Assad. ...
- Yahoo buying Tumblr for $1.1 bln, vows not to screw it up Reuters
By Alexei Oreskovic and Jennifer Saba REUTERS - Yahoo Inc said it is buying blogging service Tumblr for $1.1 billion cash, giving the struggling Internet pioneer a much-needed platform in social media to reach a younger generation of users. The deal, announced on Monday, is a bold bet by Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer to revitalize the company by co-opting a Web property with strong visitor traffic but little revenue. Yahoo made clear it was sensitive to concerns that it might damage Tumblr by making it less irreverent or more corporate. ...
- RBI cuts time for exporters to repatriate earnings Reuters
MUMBAI (Reuters) - The Reserve Bank of India said on Monday it has cut the time that exporters have to bring back into the country the value of goods or software they have exported to nine months from 12. It said its new guideline will take effect immediately and will be valid until the end of September. http://www.rbi.org.in/scripts/NotificationUser.aspx?Id=7991&Mode=0 (Reporting by Shamik Paul)
- Gandhi blood sample up for auction in London Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Two microscope slides bearing the blood of former Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi are to go on sale in London on Tuesday and are expected to fetch from 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds. The slides were obtained in 1924 when the father of the Indian independence movement was recovering from an appendectomy near Mumbai. He was thought to have donated the blood to the family he was staying with at the time. ...
- China offers India a "handshake across the Himalayas" Reuters
By Frank Jack Daniel and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and China will study new ways to ease tensions on their ill-defined border after an army standoff in the Himalayas, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday on his first official foreign trip. The number two in the Chinese leadership offered New Delhi a "handshake across the Himalayas" and said the world's most populous nations could become a new engine for the global economy if they could avoid friction on the militarised border. ...
- StanChart to buy Morgan Stanley India wealth management arm Reuters
By Sumeet Chatterjee REUTERS - Standard Chartered has agreed to buy the Indian wealth management unit of Morgan Stanley, helping the British bank expand its private banking business in Asia's third-largest economy. The sale underscores growing consolidation of Asia's wealth management industry, which is struggling with rising regulatory costs and wafer-thin advisory fees. Morgan Stanley launched the sale of the Indian wealth management business in November after entering the fiercely competitive market about four years ago. The U.S. ...
- Israel calls off UNESCO Jerusalem tour, blaming Palestinians Reuters
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said on Monday it had cancelled a visit by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to Jerusalem's Old City, saying the Palestinians had sought to politicise a conservation mission. No one was immediately available for comment at UNESCO's Paris headquarters. A month ago, it announced it would send experts to Jerusalem in mid-May to examine the state of conservation of the walled Old City, a World Heritage site. ...
- Vettori joins NZ squad early after Martin ruled out Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori could play his first test for 10 months after spinner Bruce Martin was ruled out of the rest of the tour of England with a calf injury. "Bruce Martin out of England tour, Dan Vettori to join squad early, BJ Watling making good progress," New Zealand Cricket tweeted on Monday. Wicketkeeper Watling hurt his knee on Saturday diving to make a run-out and captain Brendon McCullum took over the gloves for the rest of the first Lord's test which New Zealand lost by 170 runs. ...
- Websense to go private after years of slow growth Reuters
REUTERS - Websense Inc said it had agreed to be taken private by Vista Equity Partners in a deal that values the online security firm at about $907 million, a move that should come as a relief to investors after years of weak sales from its legacy business. The offer of $24.75 per share represents a roughly 29 percent premium to Websense's Friday close. Websense shares rose to just above the offer price to a near two-year high in morning trading on the Nasdaq. ...
- Wall St opens lower after record highs Reuters
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wall Street opened weaker on Monday as investors searched for catalysts after major U.S. equity indexes closed a fourth consecutive week of gains Friday. The Dow Jones industrial average slipped 14.90 points, or 0.10 percent, to 15,339.50. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index was off 1.84 points, or 0.11 percent, to 1,665.63. The Nasdaq Composite Index lost 7.17 points, or 0.21 percent, to 3,491.79. (Reporting by Leah Schnurr; Editing by Nick Zieminski)
- Car bombs kill at least 2 in Russia's Dagestan Reuters
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - Two car bombs killed at least two people on Monday in Dagestan, a turbulent province in Russia's North Caucasus region where armed groups are waging an Islamist insurgency. Car bombs, suicide bombings and firefights are common in Dagestan, at the centre of an insurgency rooted in two post-Soviet wars against separatist rebels in neighbouring Chechnya. ...
- Saudi Arabia beheads Syrian drug trafficker IANS
Riyadh, May 20 (IANS/AKI) A convicted Syrian drug trafficker has been beheaded in Saudi Arabia, the Saudi interior ministry said in a statement Monday.
- Talwar denies charge, evidence given by witnesses IANS
Ghaziabad, May 20 (IANS) Murdered teenager Aarushi's father and accused Rajesh Talwar Monday answered 231 questions in a court here and denied the allegations of his involvement in the crime while claiming that the CBI was influencing witnesses.
- IPL scam: Delhi Police ask spectators to lodge complaint IANS
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Delhi Police Monday appealed to the spectators and general public to lodge their complaints if they felt "cheated" while watching the three Indian Premiere League (IPL) matches which were spot-fixed.
- Three men acquitted of rape charges after victim recants IANS
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) A Delhi court acquitted three men facing charges of abducting and gang-raping a woman after the victim denied that the accused raped her.
- Indian girl invents device that can charge phone in 20 seconds IANS
Washington, May 20 (IANS) An 18-year-old Indian-origin girl in the US has developed a potentially revolutionary device that can charge a mobile phone in just 20 seconds, a media report said.
- Tibetans protest near Li's hotel IANS
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Three Tibetan activists Monday defied security and managed to stage a small protest here near the Taj Palace Hotel where Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is staying, police said. Another group of 300 Tibetans held a march elsewhere.
- Infosys to appeal against tax demand IANS
Bangalore, May 20 (IANS) Indian IT bellwether Infosys Ltd Monday said it would appeal against the notice of the income tax department demanding Rs.577 crore as outstanding dues for fiscal 2008-09.
- Illegal structures on Yamuna, Hindon banks to be demolished IANS
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) The National Green Tribunal (NGT) Monday ordered the demolition of all unauthorised structures on the flood plains and river beds of Yamuna and Hindon rivers in Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, officials said.
- Drinking alcohol during puberty makes you addicts IANS
London, May 20 (IANS) People who begin drinking alcohol during puberty are more likely to become addicts, a German study has said.
- Is Preity Zinta serious about joining politics? IANS
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Saddened by the current situation in the country, actress-businesswoman Preity Zinta is "thiking" about joining "politics" as she wants to be part of a movement to bring positive changes in India.
- 1993 Mumbai blasts convict comes on wheelchair to surrender IANS
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Two elderly and ailing convicts in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case were respectively brought on a stretcher and a wheelchair to surrender before a TADA Special Court here Monday to serve their sentence.
- Two FBI officers killed in training exercise IANS
Washington, May 20 (IANS) Two special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) were killed during a hostage rescue training exercise off the coast of Virginia Beach.
- Girish Taurani finds comparison with Saif 'normal' IANS
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) The looks of Girish Taurani, new kid on the block, are being compared to Saif Ali Khan and he says it's normal to be compared with a senior actor.
- Comedian Kapil turns producer IANS
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) Actor-comedian Kapil Sharma marks his debut as a producer with TV show "Comedy Nights With Kapil".
- Bieber booed by fans at Billboard Music Awards IANS
Los Angeles, May 20 (IANS) Pop star Justin Bieber was reportedly booed by his fans at the 2013 Billboard Music Awards when he went on the stage to receive an award and gave a speech.
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