POSTED BY Madhavi Tata ON Sep 24, 2015 AT 08:37 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 24, 2015 08:37 IST

As 78-year-old Pope Francis pays a historic first time visit to the United States of America and is all set to address the United Nations on September 25, representatives from three organisations urged the media to pressurize the Vatican to take concrete steps to address the crisis of sexual assaults by priests.

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POSTED BY Madhavi Tata ON Sep 24, 2015 AT 08:37 IST, Edited At: Sep 24, 2015 08:37 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 21, 2015 AT 20:07 IST ,  Edited At: Sep 21, 2015 20:07 IST

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 65 on September 18. Being a favourite on Twitter, he had his own trending hashtag #HappyBdayPM on the social media website. Wishes were received from national and international leaders alike, including President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minsiter Arvind Kejriwal, BJP President Amit Shah and actor Amitabh Bachan amongst many others. Some of the International well-wishers included Russian President Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnball and German chancellor Angela Merkel.

One influential leader who did not wish him is US President Barack Obama which is surprising after all the public display of love the last time Obama visited.

Earlier this year on his visit to India, Obama had made a strong pitch for religious tolerance in the country at Delhi's Siri Fort. A few days later though, he invoked India again in his speech at the White House, saying "acts of intolerance (in India) would have shocked Gandhiji."

Modi's alleged association with the Hindu-Muslim riots in Gujarat during his term as Chief Minister has clearly left US wary and it seems that even copious doses of bromance and well-choreographed chai pouring has not managed to alter Obama's perception.

Ah, well.

Modi is all set to travel to the US for the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly starting this September 28. What might be fun to observe though is the chemistry between Obama and Modi when their paths cross. Watch out for the sparks.

What man, Obama! Put birthday reminders on your phone!

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Sep 21, 2015 AT 20:07 IST, Edited At: Sep 21, 2015 20:07 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 29, 2015 AT 15:47 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 29, 2015 15:47 IST

According to a report in USA Today, an alleged Islamic State recruitement document was found in Pakistan's tribal areas which gives a sneak peek into the Islamic State's ambitious plans of building a grand terrorist army in Pakistan and Afghanistan and triggering a war in India.

The 32-page document which is in Urdu was translated by Harvard researcher and translator Mustafa Samdani.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jul 29, 2015 AT 15:47 IST, Edited At: Jul 29, 2015 15:47 IST
POSTED BY Aaryan Salman ON Jun 29, 2015 AT 20:11 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 29, 2015 20:11 IST

The legalisation of gay marriage in the USA has drawn global attention to the World's "Champion of Liberties". While it is time to rejoice, see what Obama told the world under the Shadow Of Lady Liberty over the years.

In 1996, the then Illinois Senator Barack Obama in a questionnaire said: 

"I favor legalising same-sex marriages, and would fight efforts to prohibit such marriages."

In 1998, in another questionnaire he responded mentioning "undecided" when asked if Illinois should recognise same-sex marriages

In 2004, as a Senate candidate he said he "wasn't a supporter of gay marriage"

"I am a fierce supporter of domestic-partnership and civil-union laws. I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown about, primarily just as a strategic issue. I think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. ..."

In 2008, President Obama opposed gay marriage calling marriage a ‘union between a man and a woman'

"I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God's in the mix."

In 2010, the President said that he doesn't support same-sex marriage but his feelings are "constantly evolving" on the issue.

And this is what the President had to say after the US Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage.

"It's a victory for the allies and friends and supporters who spent years and even decades working and praying for change to come,"

"I know a change for many of our LGBT brothers and sisters must have seemed so slow for so long,"


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POSTED BY Aaryan Salman ON Jun 29, 2015 AT 20:11 IST, Edited At: Jun 29, 2015 20:11 IST
POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jun 10, 2015 AT 16:11 IST ,  Edited At: Jun 10, 2015 16:11 IST

Vincent Musetto, former editor at The New York Post who is widely known for his 'Headless Body in Topless Bar' headline that is considered the most famous in the history of American newspapers, died today at the age of 74. He was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The headline that grabbed eyeballs appeared on the front page of the Post on 15 April 1983, after a gruesome incident when a man killed a Queens strip club owner... and then forced another to cut off the victim's head.

Musetto also claimed credit for many of the Post's sensational front page headlines: 'Khadafy goes Daffy', 'Granny Executed in Her Pink Pajamas', '500lb Sex Maniac Goes Free', and 'I Slept With a Trumpet', each as distinctive as can be.

Musetto's signature headline went on to inspire books and even had movies based on it.

He is survived by his wife, Claire, and daughter, Carly.

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POSTED BY Outlook Web Desk ON Jun 10, 2015 AT 16:11 IST, Edited At: Jun 10, 2015 16:11 IST
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