Yoga as an Olympic Sport, Taco Bell Plans to Take Over India | Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2012

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The Maldives' key location in the Indian Ocean make it a prime target of China's interest. (Photo: Ibrahim Iujaz/Creative Commons)

The Maldives' key location in the Indian Ocean make it a prime target of China's interest. (Photo: Ibrahim Iujaz/Creative Commons)

Life moves fast. News moves faster. America threatens to slap Pakistan with sanctions for Iran ties and India and China meet to discuss maritime issues, but a potential Chinese foothold in the Maldives could mean trouble for India.

Nom Nom Fast food culture is taking over India and Yum Brands, which owns Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, aims to take advantage. By targeting students and young office workers, Yum hopes its local adaptations of fast food staples will help it grow from 374 locations now to 2,000 by 2020. [Reuters]

The Time is Ripe Since the forced resignation of the Maldives’ former president Mohamed Nasheed Feb. 7, the country is in chaos, priming it to potentially give in to pressure from Beijing. If the Chinese establish a foothold there, they might be able to choke off India by sea. [The Guardian]

Heavy Breathing USA Yoga will campaign to get yoga asana recognized as an Olympic sport this weekend. The exercise formerly known as relaxing focuses on posture and, according to USA Yoga’s founder, exemplifies strength, balance and flexibility. [TIME NewsFeed]

Full of Hot Air With Western opinion turned strictly against Iran, Pakistan’s plans to build a natural gas pipeline with the Middle Eastern nation could earn it sanctions. While Pakistan says it needs Iran supple energy, the U.S. is working to strangle Iran’s nuclear program by cutting it off financially. [WSJ]

Seaing Eye to Eye In a move to build confidence between Asia’s two most populous countries, Chinese and Indian officials met Thursday to discuss their mutual maritime ambitions. They also discussed the sticky issue of ocean borders, which caused problems last year, but reached no resolution. [Times of India]

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