Category Archives: OFFBEAT

Indian woman marries ‘attacker’

The family of an Indian woman in the northern state of Orissa who married a man she accused of raping her has told the BBC she had “no other option”….

Bank hackers steal millions using malware

In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that…

How cyber-cops are taking the fight to online fraudsters

When it comes to fighting cybercrime, law enforcement agencies are facing an uphill struggle. Lack of resources, conflicting international jurisdictions, and the borderless nature of the internet, all make catching…

Obama, the Oval Office clown

Winking, poking out his tongue and firing an imaginary gun in sunglasses, this is the leader of the free world clowning around in the Oval Office. Although some might expect…

US ‘at risk of mega-drought future’

The American south-west and central plains could be on course for super-droughts the like of which they have not witnessed in over a 1,000 years. Places like California are already…

Where do billionaires go to university?

Are the super-rich more likely to be better educated? Or have they spurned scholarship and dedicated themselves to the serious business of being seriously rich? According to a global census…

How to catch burglars by remote control

“I saw a man on the screen in my living room and that’s when I called 911.” Lawyer Mia Nguyen was sitting in her office glued to the live video…

Malaysia upholds Anwar conviction

Malaysia’s top court has upheld opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction for sodomy after rejecting his appeal. He will now go to prison immediately to serve the five-year term that he…

Why cats like to sleep in cardboard boxes

Scientists may have cracked the answer to one of the great mysteries of the animal kingdom: why do cats sleep in cardboard boxes? Anyone who lived with a cat has…

Media spotlight on Obama’s remark on religious freedom in India

Media in India highlight US President Barack Obama’s latest statement on religious freedom in India. Speaking at the White House National Prayer Breakfast, with the Dalai Lama in the audience,…