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India offers help to Samsung chief over court appearance

India will help Samsung in "whatever way" it can to avoid the South Korean company's chairman being forced to appear in an Indian court over a payment dispute, a top government official said Saturday. India fears its country's investment reputation could be further tarnished after the Supreme Court ordered Lee Kun-Hee, South Korea's richest man, to appear before a suburban New Delhi trial court within six weeks to answer fraud accusations over the $1.4-million dispute.

Poetry or prose? Russian literary dispute ends in stabbing death

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The lesson from a stabbing death in Russia: Alcohol and literature can be a lethal mix. A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday. "The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his opponent with the help of a knife," the regional branch of the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Poetry or prose? Russian literary dispute ends in stabbing death

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The lesson from a stabbing death in Russia: Alcohol and literature can be a lethal mix. A former schoolteacher killed his friend after a drunken argument over which is superior, poetry or prose, investigators in the Sverdlovsk region said on Wednesday. "The literary dispute soon grew into a banal conflict, on the basis of which the 53-year-old admirer of poetry killed his opponent with the help of a knife," the regional branch of the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement.

Pope Francis says he is no Marxist

Pope Francis said he knew a lot of "good" Marxists but was no communist himself, following criticism of his diatribes against unfettered capitalism from conservative commentators in the United States. "Marxist ideology is wrong. But in my life I have met a lot of Marxists who are good people, so I do not feel offended," Francis said in an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa published on Sunday.

Descartes promotes two long-time executives to top management jobs as CEO retires

WATERLOO, Ont. - Descartes Systems Group (TSX:DSG) says its long-time chief executive, Arthur Mesher, has retired as CEO and chairman of the board due to health and personal issues. His successor as CEO, Edward Ryan, joined the logistics technology company in 2000 and has been its chief commercial officer since 2011. Scott Pagan, who also joined Descartes in 2000, becomes chief operating officer and president.

Column: Russell Brand's socialist revolution

By John Lloyd Russell Brand, the British comedian, used a guest editorship of the 100-plus-year-old leftist magazine New Statesman last month to call for a "total revolution of consciousness and our entire social, political and economic system." Capitalism, and the ideology that sustains it — "100 percent corrupt" — must be overthrown. He also doesn't think people should vote, as partaking in democracy would further the illusion that a rotten system could change. It was a call, albeit chaotically phrased, for a socialist revolution.

Man shot in Russia in argument over Kant

MOSCOW (Reuters) - An argument over the theories of 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant ended in a man being shot in a grocery store in southern Russia. RIA news agency quoted police in the city of Rostov-on-Don as saying a fight broke out between two men as they argued over Kant, the German author of "Critique of Pure Reason", without giving details of their debate.

Russian shot as debate on Kant turns violent

Two Russians struck up a late-night discussion of the merits of German philosopher Immanuel Kant, only for the exchange to grow so heated that one pulled out a gun and shot the other in the head, police said Monday. The incident occurred after the two men got talking in a queue to buy beer at an outdoor stall late Sunday in the southern city of Rostov-on-Don, the city's police service said on its website. The two strangers "started ar guing about the works and merits of Immanuel Kant", police said.

philosopher Zizek-Korean college

SEOUL, March 11 (Yonhap) -- Slavoj Zizek, a world-renowned philosopher and cultural critic, will teach students and conduct research activities at Seoul's Kyunghee University, school officials said Monday. The philosopher from Slovenia will become a professor for the School of Global Communication at Kyunghee's College of Foreign Language and Literature on July 1, according to the school's personnel committee.

U.S. legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin dies in London

By Maria Golovnina LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) - American legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, the man behind some of the most influential theories of law and morality in modern jurisprudence, died on Thursday. He was 81. His family said in a statement that Dworkin died of leukaemia in London early in the morning. He is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren.
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