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TIME FLIES: Texan teenager Ahmed Mohamed, 14, was arrested after bringing a homemade electronic clock to school. In solidarity, he was invited to the White House. REUTERS   Social Streams

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How Pakistan’s Military Helped Revive Talks with India

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Dec 27 – The quiet involvement of Pakistan’s powerful military in its foreign policy this year paved the way for reviving a stalled dialogue with India, officials said, a thaw leading to the first visit to Pakistan by an Indian premier in almost 12 years. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise

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Pakistan’s Girl Friday

Mahira Khan’s big-screen portrayals cross the Indo-Pak divide   BY Zahir Janmohamed with additional reporting by Sonal Shah   At a Halloween party last October, Pakistani actress, Mahira Khan posed for a photo with Pakistani director Asim Raza. Khan pointed to a sign held by Raza, which read “Mahira Ko Bahar Nikalo” (Mahira, get out).

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India’s Finance Minister Sues Rival Politician for Slander

By Rupam Jain Nair NEW DELHI, Dec 21 – India’s finance minister sued the Delhi chief minister for 100 million rupees ($1.51 million) on Monday for slander, escalating a battle between the ruling party and the opposition that has stalled key reform legislation in parliament. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s office said he filed civil and

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India Deletes Doctored Photo of Modi At Flood Scene

NEW DELHI, Dec 4 – A doctored photo released by the Indian government showing Prime Minister Narendra Modi surveying severe flooding from a helicopter has been deleted, and his office promised remedial action after criticism on social media. Modi traveled to Tamil Nadu’s capital Chennai on Thursday to get a first-hand view of the disaster,

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Extreme Floods Leave Hundreds Dead and Thousands Stranded in Chennai, India

By Devika Krishna Kumar CHENNAI, India, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The Indian military struggled to evacuate thousands of residents stranded in the southern state of Tamil Nadu on Thursday as the death toll from flooding rose to 269 after the heaviest cloudburst in over a century. Predictions of incessant rainfall by the weather office meant

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The Royal Treatment

Hyderabad’s Falaknuma Palace, once the home of the richest man in the world, is now a hotel even the untitled can enjoy BY Graham Boynton One of the greatest benefits of the democratization of travel is the entrée mere mortals have been given to lives and cultures that previously were inaccessible to all but a

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On Solid Ground

Kashmir promotes promising investment opportunities BY Arfa Shahid Dubai’s real estate developer, Emaar, is eyeing possible investment opportunities in India’s Kashmir region, a top Kashmir official told Newsweek Middle East. In an exclusive interview with the Finance Minister of Jammu and Kashmir (Jnk), Haseeb Drabu, the minister said he held “talks” with Emaar’s chief over

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India [Intolerance] Rising?

BY Zahir Janmohammed It was the best, and perhaps the last chance to thwart the spread of Hindu nationalism, which has tarnished Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s short tenure. Speaking a few days ahead of the elections in India’s critical state of Bihar, Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, a biographer of Modi, told Newsweek Middle East that if the

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