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Narendra Modi’s ‘chai story’ sweetens Indian tea vendor’s business

February 1, 2014 at 5:36 pm

indian chai India is traditionally a nation of tea drinkers

A tea stall named after India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi is doing brisk business, media reports say.

India protest over student ‘hate crime’ death in Delhi

February 1, 2014 at 5:33 pm

Protesters - mostly students from north-eastern states of India - shout slogans during a protest in Delhi, India, on 1 February 2014

Hundreds of people have protested in Delhi against the beating and subsequent death of a university student from north-eastern India.

Officials say 21-year-old Nido Tania was beaten on Wednesday by shopkeepers who had ridiculed his appearance. He died the next day.

Is this the city with the loudest car horns?

February 1, 2014 at 5:31 pm

By Anu Anand Delhi

Car horns on sale in Old Delhi

Each city has its own distinctive soundscape, from birds and radios to trains and ambulances. For Delhi residents the backdrop of rush-hour traffic is causing noise pollution so serious that experts are warning of serious health consequences.

Why Mahatma Gandhi is becoming popular in China

February 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm

By Ankur Jain Ahmedabad

Mahatma Gandhi Chinese supporters joined Gandhi in South Africa in protests against discriminatory laws

For the first time, Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi’s own story of his life is to be available in China.

Ukraine unrest: EU and US clash with Russia in Munich

February 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Anti-government protester on 1 Feb Anti-government protests in Ukraine show no sign of coming to an end

Ukraine’s future has sparked angry exchanges at a summit in Munich.

European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the “future of Ukraine belongs with the EU” while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US backed Ukraine’s “fight for democracy”.

The £16,500 Aston – By Autos Editors

February 1, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    A toy, it is not

From refugee camps to Kabul: The story of Afghan cricket

February 1, 2014 at 4:46 pm

A young boy sends the cricket ball flying as the sun sets in the west in Kandahar in 2002

Despite neighbouring some of the titans of international cricket, Afghanistan does not have a long tradition of its own in the sport. But now cricket, long neglected and viewed as a foreign import in Afghanistan, is gaining in popularity and helping unite the country, as the BBC’s Jafar Haand explains.

Snowden leaks: Lavabit secure email chief battles on

February 1, 2014 at 4:42 pm

By Jen Copestake BBC Click

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison tells BBC Click’s Jen Copestake his concerns about the future of privacy.

Lavabit, a private email service used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, has been in court appealing against a government order to hand over its encryption keys. Commentators say the case could represent a landmark for internet privacy.

The Syrian love affair across the lines

February 1, 2014 at 4:37 pm

By Abigail Fielding-Smith Damascus, Syria

Couple holding hands

The Syrian capital, Damascus, is a divided city, with some parts under the control of government forces and other areas held by rebels. But what happens when love crosses the lines?

The labourer was like most young Syrian men you meet these days – tough, sardonic and old beyond his years.

A journalist and his typewriter

February 1, 2014 at 4:29 pm

By Stuart Hughes BBC News, Geneva

Gordon Martin

A seldom-heard noise is emanating from a small cubicle at the far end of Press Room One at the Palace of Nations, the imposing home of the United Nations in Geneva.

It’s the sound of metal keys clattering against paper, punctuated frequently by the muted ping of a small steel bell.

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