Agence France-Presse in New Delhi

Xi Jinping will start his first South Asia tour with a visit to Beijing’s latest US$1.4-billion investment in Sri Lanka, just 250km from India’s coast.

Former US president Bill Clinton has warned Israel about “isolating itself from world opinion” due to repeated conflicts in Gaza. More than 220 Palestinians, most of them civilians, have died during 10 days of Israeli bombing and shelling in retaliation for over 1,200 rocket attacks by Hamas militants.

Indian protesters ransacked a Dominos Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb yesterday, demanding a ban on US goods as officials from the two countries struggled to defuse a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

The victim of a gang-rape and murder that triggered an outpouring of grief and anger across India was cremated at a private ceremony on Sunday as it emerged she was planning to get married in February.

India’s navy chief said on Monday that Beijing’s growing maritime strength was a “major, major cause for concern” and pledged to support a state energy firm in its contentious search for oil in the South China Sea.