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White House defends Obama's summer vacation

barack obamaWashington: The White House has defended President Barack Obama's two-week summer vacation at Martha's Vineyard with his family and friends, amid criticism from political opponents over its timing. Obama returned from his vacation on Sunday night.

Suspect held in deadly California shooting spree

Suspect held in deadly California shooting spreeLos Angeles : A suspect in a series of shootings that killed three people and injured four others within the span of an hour in the Los Angeles area has been taken into custody.

China warns Pope Francis against interfering with country's religion

China warns Pope Francis against interfering with country's religionWashington, Aug 25 : In response to Pope Francis' attempt at initiating new dialogue with Beijing, the Chinese have warned the Vatican against interfering with the country's religion.

Obama, Merkel warn of dangerous escalation in Ukraine

angela merkel barack obamaWashington: US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have warned that the presence of Russian military personnel and its shelling in Ukrain's territory was triggering a "dangerous escalation" of the conflict in the region.

Potential for liberal democracy in Muslim-majority countries: researchers

Washington, Aug 22 - A new study by University of Toronto and University of Tubingen researchers reveal that liberal democracy is possible in Muslim majority nations as opposed to popular thought.

A sociologist from University of Toronto Robert Anderson said that one of the key factors in determining potential for liberal democracy is the degree of social tolerance.

Gap to enter Indian market; first stores to come in Delhi, Mumbai

gapNew York: American clothing retailer Gap will enter India next year in partnership with textile company Arvind Lifestyle Brand and open 40 outlets across the country as part of its global expansion strategy.

ISIS offered to swap Pak scientist for slain US journalist

isisWashington: In an email to the family members of slain American journalist James Foley, his captors from the Islamic State militant group demanded release of several prisoners, including a Pakistani woman scientist who has been convicted of terrorism charges in the US.

ISIS' 'lust for oil' may wreak 'global havoc': Experts

ISIS' 'lust for oil' may wreak 'global havoc': ExpertsWashington, Aug 22 - Experts have warned that the oil refineries controlled by the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) may be funding its terror activities in the two states.