In a major blow to John McCain, President George W. Bush’s former secretary of state Colin Powell on Sunday formally endorsed Barack Obama’s presidential bid, calling the Democrat a “transformational figure” who will “electrify our country . . . (and) the world”.
One year since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and downgraded its statehood to a centrally controlled union territory—an act it argued was intended to improve governance and attract investment to the region—residents’ lives remain upended by continued conflict and a high level of militarization.