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India Election Digest: April 18

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What you need to know on Friday about India’s elections: Voter turnout rose in most districts in the fifth phase of the elections compared with 2009, the Indian National Congress appears to be missing its youth unit, and voters at the world’s highest polling station remain optimistic that someday a politician will visit them. The fifth and largest phase of ... Read More »

‘Earth-like’ planet Kepler-186f discovered by NASA scientists

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Scientists have found an Earth-sized world orbiting in a life-friendly zone around a distant star for the first time. The discovery, announced on Thursday, is the closest scientists have come so far to finding a true Earth twin. The star, known as Kepler-186 and located about 500 light years away in the constellation Cygnus, is smaller and redder than the ... Read More »

The power of parody in eastern Ukraine

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The tired looking young men in t-shirts and combat fatigues manning the barricades in Slovyansk say they are not going anywhere. Yesterday the agreement thrashed out in Geneva between the EU, the US, Russia and Ukraine said that all unauthorised roadblocks and occupied municipal buildings should be cleared. But they’re not obeying those orders in eastern Ukraine. “The government in ... Read More »

Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

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(Reuters) – Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia’s biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni, which ... Read More »

Entwining Tales of Time, Memory and Love

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Gabriel García Márquez, foreground, with Colombian journalist José Salgar in 2003. As a writer, Mr. García Márquez found the familiar in the fantastic.CreditAndres Reyes/FNPI, via Associated Press The Magus of magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez — who died on Thursday at his home in Mexico City, at the age of 87 — used his fecund imagination and exuberant sleight of hand to ... Read More »

‘Palikari,’ a Greek migrant’s story destined to echo in eternity

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The documentary was filmed in a number of locations, including Oakland, California, Santa Fe, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois. The filmmakers also visited a number of sites in Colorado, where the Ludlow Massacre took place. These included Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs It could have been a scene from Orthodox Easter anywhere in Greece: Relatives, friends and co-workers gathering ... Read More »

Aegean Islands Photo Exhibition, Brussels

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The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is hosting a photo exhibition on its premises, titled “The Aegean Islands at the dawn of the 20th Century” in Brussels, opening on April 29. It is an event planned as part of the Greek EU Presidency. The exhibition features two series of photographs dating from the beginning of the 20th century (1908-1913), ... Read More »

Jesus Lived in a Police State

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“There is no evidence that Jesus himself openly advocated violent actions. But he was certainly no pacifist. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace on earth. I have not come to bring peace, but the sword” (Matthew 10:34 | Luke 12:51).” ― Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth Those living through this present ... Read More »