The latest on Charleston shooting: Memorial grows in front of historic black church

    The memorial in front of the black church is growing with bouquets of flowers, balloons and teddy bears. On Saturday morning, a couple dozen people stood in front of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, where police say a young white man opened fire at the end of a Bible study group and killed nine people on Wednesday ... Read More »

Plant trees sacred to Hindu culture in Mumbai please: Shiv Sena’s latest demand

      In a bizarre move, the Shiv Sena has demanded that the city’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) plant trees that are holy and sacred to the Hindu culture across the city. The curious demand comes from Hanumant Raje, a horticulturist and Sena nominated member of the Tree Authority of the civic body. “The trees that are holy ... Read More »

The 3,000 Hit Club Is The Latest Stop In Alex Rodriguez’s Redemption Tour

      Alex Rodriguez has just become the 29th member of the 3,000 hit club with a solo home run in the first inning against Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. He is the third member of this exclusive fraternity to achieve this historic milestone with a home run. The last ball player to join the 3,000 hit club ... Read More »

The latest TV ad by Aam Aadmi Party is fast going viral

  Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has come out of a new TV advertisement that highlights the steps taken by the Delhi government to bring down corruption.   At first the ad shows a middle-class housewife, fretting over daily expenses. And next, once Arvind Kejriwal forms the government in Delhi, all her worries are put to rest.   She ... Read More »

Rain grinds Mumbai to a halt: Latest developments

      Just a night of downpour has crippled Mumbai’s busy life. Large areas of the megacity witnessed flood like situation on Friday severely affecting rail and bus services. With the weather department’s forecast of high tide and more rains, situation looks to turn worse from bad in India’s financial capital. Here are the latest developments: 1. High tide ... Read More »

Mo Farah: Olympic champion says he has never doped

Great Britain’s Mo Farah says he has never taken performance enhancing drugs, after doping allegations were made against his coach Alberto Salazar. A BBC investigation alleged that Salazar had practised doping techniques with US athlete Galen Rupp. Olympic champion Farah said Salazar had reassured him the claims were false and “he will soon be providing evidence”. “I’ve never taken performance-enhancing ... Read More »

Why is yoga day stressing India?

Massive preparations are under way in India to celebrate the first International Day of Yoga on Sunday – even as an unsavoury row has broken out over whether practising the ancient discipline makes one a Hindu, writes the BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi. At the International Sivananda Yoga ashram in south Delhi, a few dozen men and women are working ... Read More »

India hotel fire kills 10 in Pratapgarh

At least 10 people have been killed and several others were injured when a fire that broke out in a hotel in northern India, police said. The fire broke out just before 05:00 local time [23:30GMT] on Friday in a restaurant and spread to the hotel next door in Pratapgarh town in Uttar Pradesh state. Most of the hotel guests ... Read More »

Pakistan suspends death penalty during Ramadan

Pakistan has ordered the temporary suspension of the death penalty during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif instructed authorities to respect “the sanctity of the holy month”, by observing a moratorium on executions. Ramadan began in most parts of the country on Friday. More than 170 people have been hanged in Pakistan since December, prompting criticism ... Read More »

Dylann Roof on murder charges over Charleston shooting

  Suspect Dylann Roof, 21, is due to make his first court appearance on Friday. Police are treating the killings at the Emanuel AME Church on Wednesday night in South Carolina as a hate crime. He was arrested the following day more than 200 miles away in North Carolina and then flown back to Charleston. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley ... Read More »