Monthly Archives: May 2014


India’s economic growth disappoints

India’s economic growth has remained subdued, due largely to a slowdown in the manufacturing sector, official figures have shown. The economy grew at an annual rate of 4.6% between January…


Chuck Hagel: Beijing ‘destabilising’ South China Sea

The US defence secretary has accused China of “destabilising” the South China Sea, saying its action threatened the region’s long-term progress. Chuck Hagel said the US would “not look the…


Thailand army continues crackdown after coup

Thailand’s military has ordered 35 more people, including prominent academics, to report to them by Saturday afternoon as the post-coup crackdown continues. The move comes a day after the army…


Prostate cancer ‘may be a sexually transmitted disease’

Prostate cancer may be a sexually transmitted disease caused by a common yet often silent infection passed on during intercourse, scientists say – but experts say proof is still lacking….


Thailand army declares martial law

The Thai army says that it is imposing martial law amid a political crisis “to preserve law and order”. The surprise announcement also granted the army wide-ranging powers to enforce…


Four glasses of wine is enough to harm your health, scientists say

Unwinding in the pub on a Friday night could be wrecking your health – just four glasses of wine is enough to cause lasting damage, scientist have found. A single…


Make new HIV protection pill available on the NHS, say sexual health campaigners

Sexual health campaigners have backed calls for a daily pill which protects against HIV to be made available on the NHS, after authorities in the USA issued new guidance which…


Apple and Google settle patent row

In a joint statement, the companies said they would work together in “some areas of patent reform”. But the deal did not include licensing their technology to each other. Apple…


Switzerland ‘rejects world’s highest minimum wage’

Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to introduce what would be the highest minimum wage in the world in a referendum, first projections indicate. Under the plan, employers would have…


India elections: Varanasi welcomes Narendra Modi

India’s Prime Minister-elect, Narendra Modi, has been performing religious rituals in the Hindu holy city of Varanasi after his election landslide. Mr Modi offered prayers on the banks of the…