Facing religious discrimination in the Hindu-dominated job market, many are forced to assume fake identities. …
Leaders of the oil-rich Gulf states converged on Kuwait Tuesday for a summit amid differences over a proposed confederation and ties with Iran. The summit follows a rare public spat between bloc leader Saudi Arabia and Oman over Riyadh's proposal to upgrade the GCC into a union -- 32 years after its establishment. Omani Foreign Minister Yussef bin Alawi threatened at the weekend that Muscat would pull out of the loose alliance if a union was announced, while Saudi Arabia, solidly backed by Bahrain, insisted it was time to move ahead. Qatar's new emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, is attending the annual summit for the first time while Saudi Arabia is represented by its crown prince Salman bin Abdul Aziz. More »Gulf leaders focus on union, Iran ties
By Stella Mapenzauswa and Steve Holland JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuba's Raul Castro at a memorial for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, a rare gesture between the leaders of two ideological opponents that reflected the anti-apartheid hero's spirit of reconciliation. But the peace and harmony did not stretch to South African President Jacob Zuma, whom the crowd at the rain-soaked Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg booed and jeered as he prepared to give his closing address. Mandela's death at the age of 95 has diverted attention from a slew of corruption scandals in Zuma's administration, while underscoring the gulf between South Africa's first black president, a giant of the 20th century, and its fourth. "But what Zuma speaks, he doesn't live. More »Obama and Castro shake hands, Zuma humiliated at Mandela memorial
Spanish giants Barcelona have confirmed they are considering building a new stadium to replace the iconic Camp Nou. More »Leaving Camp Nou? Barcelona ponder move to new 105,000 stadium
Sri Lanka and Pakistan will use their two-match series in Dubai starting on Wednesday to size each other up ahead of the World Twenty20 in three months' time. Pakistan, fourth in the Twenty20 rankings, are also aiming to topple Sri Lanka from the top of the standings by winning both matches, the second of which takes place on Friday. "Sri Lanka are a top side so this is in itself a motivation to beat the number one side and if we win both it will lift us to the top of the world," Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said. Pakistan go into the matches well prepared after playing four Twenty20 games against South Africa last month. More »Pakistan, Sri Lanka in Dubai for World T20 tune up
The 'selfie' has become such a worldwide craze that it was recently named word of the year and included in the Oxford English dictionary. More »VIDEO: Kobe Bryant & Lionel Messi compete in 'The Selfie Shootout'
French president, visiting violence-hit African nation, says his country's involvement is needed "to avoid carnage". More »Hollande says intervention in CAR 'necessary'
The World Cup landed in Saudi Arabia on Monday ahead of its week-long tour of the Middle East. More »World Cup trophy lands in Saudi Arabia ahead of Middle East tour
In latest row between Israel and EU, Romania refuses to allow its workers to build illegal settlements in the West Bank. More »Israel-Romania row over settlements building