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India's Modi faces first test of reform pledges

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi faced the first major test of his reform credentials on Thursday, when his fresh-faced government presented its maiden budget amid early doubts about his willingness to make unpopular decisions. The budget promised a new era of fiscal prudence and greater opportunities for foreign investors in ...

Jul 11, 2014

Australia judge probed for saying incest 'may be accepted'

An Australian judge will be investigated for his “appalling” comments on incest, in which he reportedly said sex between siblings was gaining social acceptance just like homosexuality, authorities said Friday. New South Wales state Attorney General Brad Hazzard said he was “extremely concerned” about ...

Jul 11, 2014

'Bamboo ceiling' hampering Asians in Australia

A “bamboo ceiling” exists in Australia for Asians entering positions of power in business, education and politics, the country’s race discrimination commissioner has suggested. Tim Soutphommasane said that while Australia’s cultural diversity was to be welcomed, equality of opportunity in the top echelons was ...

Jul 11, 2014

Beijing hits back at Macau democracy vote

Beijing has slammed an unofficial referendum on electoral reform to be held in the gambling mecca of Macau, local media said Thursday, after almost 800,000 turned out for a similar poll in Hong Kong. The former Portuguese colony returned to Chinese rule in 1999 ...

Jul 10, 2014

North Korea takes case against Rogen film to U.N.

North Korea has lodged a formal protest at the United Nations against a Hollywood comedy about an assassination bid on leader Kim Jong Un and asked Washington to block the film’s release. “The Interview” stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two tabloid television ...

Jul 10, 2014

U.S. police seek graphic photos of teen in sexting case

A U.S. teenager is fighting efforts by police who want to take photos of him in a sexually aroused state to try to prove a sexting case against him. Prosecutors in Virginia told a judge they need photos of the 17-year-old’s erect penis to ...

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Jul 9, 2014

Both candidates in Indonesia election claim victory

Both candidates claimed victory in Indonesia’s presidential election on Wednesday, suggesting there could be a drawn-out constitutional battle to decide who will next lead the world’s third-largest democracy. Just a few hours after voting closed, Jakarta Gov. Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he had won, ...

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential race

Jul 9, 2014

Indonesia's Widodo declares victory in presidential race

Jakarta Gov. Joko Widodo declared victory Wednesday in Indonesia’s tightest and most divisive presidential race since the downfall of dictator Suharto, which has pitted him against former Gen. Prabowo Subianto. It came after unofficial tallies from polling agencies showed him leading with around 53 ...