Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:

Today’s top world news from The Washington Post:


- Bangalore’s reality lags behind image-- Two decades ago, this bustling melting pot was an advertisement for a new, confident India. Bangalore’s young, unapologetically cosmopolitan, English-speaking workforce drove India’s economic rise and put the city on the global map, making it synonymous with the country’s information technology revolution. But these days, Bangalore’s reputation is taking a beating. Once an advertisement for a new, confident India, country’s IT hub is now a metaphor for urban failure. “The sheen is off Brand Bangalore,” the Headlines Today television channel said this month in a report about the city. The problem here, as in many other Indian cities, is a booming population whose needs far exceed the infrastructure and civic amenities. By Rama Lakshmi


- In Europe, widening impatience over austerity hits politicians hard-- With economic growth stuck near zero and unemployment rising, Europeans are increasingly impatient with the budget discipline imposed as part of the European Union’s showcase anti-crisis pact. In France, the doubts have spread to President Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party and government, with officials suggesting that the debt-ridden continent needs to stimulate growth at all costs — even including more debt — if it is to climb out of the economic and financial crisis that began unfurling in 2008. But conservatives, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the lead, have objected that abandoning the efforts to pare back deficits could lead to renewed pressure on the euro, the European Union’s common currency, and revive the sense of impending disaster that gripped the continent two years ago. By Edward Cody


- After Boston bombing, seeking answers in Russia’s terror-weary Dagestan-- The people of Dagestan are puzzled, and disturbed. Why do the Americans come here for answers? The suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings — Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — and their family have roots here, and last year Tamerlan returned for six months. Did he find someone or something in this southern Russia region that might have made him turn to terrorism? That question brought crowds of journalists to Makhachkala in the past week, and it has been put to relatives, policemen, imams and government officials. They came to the wrong place, say Dagestanis, who understand why bombs go off with terrifying regularity here. Sometimes it’s the corrupt, battling greedily among themselves for control. Other times poverty and deprivation offer an explanation. Despairing young men turn to Islamic fundamentalism, and some to violence, looking for a way out. But Tamerlan Tsarnaev had a way out. By Kathy Lally



- Obama’s campaign finance reform plans have faded-- President Obama’s once-broad ambitions to clamp down on the influence of special interests have been largely abandoned since his reelection, dismaying longtime allies in the campaign-finance reform movement. The predicament will be on full display Tuesday, when all five members of the Federal Election Commission will be serving past the formal expiration of their terms. The panel’s sixth seat remains vacant. The president has not made a nomination to the FEC, which enforces the nation’s campaign finance laws, in more than three years. By Juliet Eilperin


- As cyberthreats mount, hacker’s conviction underscores criticism of government overreach-- Their guns drawn, a dozen federal agents, police and forensics experts kicked in the door of a run-down two-story home in Arkansas shortly after dawn, barged inside and ordered the occupants to put their hands on their heads. The target of the raid was neither terrorist nor bank robber. He was a 24-year-old computer hacker suspected of handing off stolen e-mail addresses to the media. With that, the Justice Department began a case that has come to symbolize what some lawyers and civil libertarians see as overreach in the government’s campaign against cybercrime. By Jerry Markon


- FBI looking into relationship between McDonnells, donor-- FBI agents are conducting interviews about the relationship between Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, and a major campaign donor who paid for the food at the wedding of the governor’s daughter, according to four people familiar with the questioning. The agents have been asking associates of the McDonnells about gifts provided to the family by Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and actions the Republican governor and his wife have taken that may have boosted the company, the people said. By Rosalind S. Helderman and Jerry Markon



-The Prophets of Oak Ridge-- Last summer, a drifter, a house painter and an 82-year-old nun penetrated the exterior of Y-12, supposedly one of the most secure nuclear-weapons facilities in the U.S. What if they had been terrorists armed with explosives, intent on mass destruction? The worst-case scenario would be a Hiroshima-like explosion, 60,000 casualties, 18,000 deaths. The Washington Post examines that nightmare scenario, which underlies the government’s response to the intrusion, telling the narrative of how the breach came about, what motivations were behind it and what this episode says about the country’s nuclear program overall. The three peace activists face trial May 7 on sabotage charges. By Dan Zak


-OPINION: Jason Collins proves that bravery takes many forms-- The first openly gay man in a major American pro sports league is generously proportioned enough to ward off any foam-flecked bigots, at 7 feet and 255 pounds, but Jason Collins has a less-easy-to-identify kind of fortitude, too. Bravery takes a lot of forms, physical being just one, and a particularly unappreciated brand of it is social courage, which is the courage to to risk your place in the society you move in. By Sally Jenkins



- ‘Crowdfunding’ trend poised to make mark on U.S. investing landscape-- For $100, Micah Lubens bought a share of a vacant, two-story brick building that was promoted as the next up-and-coming hot spot along D.C.’s bustling H Street corridor. Through food blogs, Lubens learned of plans to transform 1351 H Street NE into a mini-replica of Asian night markets, with food stalls and at least one clothing shop. The developers were offering shares of the property online for $100 a pop. In return, investors would get a cut of the profits and rent generated by the market, called Maketto. Gathering small sums of money from a large number of people online — known as “crowdfunding” — is poised to take off in the investing world, with backing from Washington policymakers who see it as a chance to involve the masses in an arena dominated by big Wall Street firms and the super-wealthy. By Dina ElBoghdady


- CFTC struggles to keep pace with technology issues-- For years, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission has been working on a paper outlining how it should cope with the latest developments in the technological revolution transforming the investing landscape. Absent from the report: any mention of Twitter or other social media. The lapse became obvious after last week’s fake Associated Press tweet about explosions at the White House briefly rocked the financial markets, highlighting once more how the government is struggling to keep up with evolving technology in the trading world. As regulators see it, every time they try to get a handle on one technology issue, another pops up and throws them for a loop. By Dina ElBoghdady


- LivingSocial deals with hacking fallout-- LivingSocial is undertaking a massive cleanup since it said Friday that its consumer records had been compromised. The attack on the company’s systems revealed the names, e-mail addresses, encrypted passwords and birth dates of more than 50 million of its users worldwide. The company has notified users affected by the attack and is asking them to change their passwords by heading to the site and signing in. Once affected users have signed in, they’re prompted to change their passwords. Users can then click that link and are sent an e-mail with a link that will let them reset their passwords. The company is also putting a banner at the top of all of its pages to inform users they should change their passwords. By Hayley Tsukayama


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