International Affairs

The mind behind Marvel superheroes

Stan Lee created flawed and relatable icons like Spider-Man and Black Panther Marvel legend Stan Lee, who died on Monday at the age of 95, revolutionised pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk. He ended up in the comics business by accident, thanks to …

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Rahul, Jaitley engage in Twitter war

Congress chief claims PM has admitted to ‘theft’ in Rafale deal; Minister hits back, calls it falsehood A day after the Centre filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court, explaining the decision-making process in buying 36 Rafale fighter jets, Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley sparred on …

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Ukraine rebel regions vote for new leaders

U.S., EU had warned against such move Voters in rebel-held east Ukraine chose new leaders on Sunday after Russia defied Western calls not to sabotage peace talks and Kiev urged fresh sanctions against the Kremlin. In the Donetsk and Lugansk “People’s Republics” in Ukraine’s industrial east, voters headed to polling …

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‘No one can stop elections’

Rajapaksa confident of SLPP sweeping the forthcoming polls Mahinda Rajapaksa told reporters on Sunday that the elections scheduled for January 5 would go ahead, and that he was confident of his party “sweeping” the polls. While admitting that he was speaking to lawyers on the legal challenge being mounted by …

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Opening up the borders to immigrants

Caught in the demographic pincers of a declining birth rate and an ageing population, notoriously immigrant-shy Japan is being forced to open its doors to foreign workers. Its current position on immigration is, at best, tepidly welcoming to highly skilled workers, while sceptical of allowing in job-seekers from lower down …

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Yearning for an artistic renaissance

After a 40-year ride of economic reforms, Shenzhen is now looking for answers to spur an artistic renaissance. “Many questions of creativity have come to the fore,” says Ole Bouman, director of the Sea World Culture and Arts Center, a head-turning icon in the Shekou area of Shenzhen. It was …

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The lowdown on the crisis in Sri Lanka

Late on Friday, President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved the Sri Lankan Parliament and called a snap general election for January 5. The announcement came within hours of his party spokesman publicly admitting to lacking a majority in Parliament. Mr. Sirisena’s front was aiming for a majority to push its controversially installed …

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