Several men offer prayers just before Salman Rushdie's video conference was called off at the festival in Jaipur in late January. (Manish Swarup/AP)

Fast forward 13 years, and the Indian-born British author is still under fire. Last month, Rushdie canceled his plan to attend the Jaipur Literary Festival, a popular annual gathering of the literati. But the “Satanic Verses” was read at the festival anyway, by a small group of Indian authors, in protest.

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Syria cease-fire hope of the day

Western and Arab powers are meeting in Tunis Friday. The powers have pledged to send immediate aid to the country if the assault stops within 48 hours. Either way, Friday’s meeting is intended to result in a concrete proposal for getting help to Syrian citizens. (Telegraph)

Syrian rebels will get arms “somehow.” U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said, directing her comments at China and Russia. “They will from somewhere, somehow, find the means to defend themselves as well as begin offensive measures,” she said. (MSNBC)

Checking in on the oceans of the day

World Bank issues SOS for oceans. Marine life is threatened by over-fishing, loss of habitat and environmental degradation, the World Bank said. (Al-Jazeera)

Google Street View to map Great Barrier Reef. The company will study the effects of climate change on the Australian reef. (Techland)

Police crackdowns of the day

Disabled Bolivians clashed with riot police, in a protest demanding that the government pay them an annual subsidy. (Al-Jazeera)

Yoga guru crackdown has been condemned by the Indian Supreme Court. Policemen who fired tear gas at an anti-corruption protest in June, led by guru Baba Ramdev, will now be prosecuted. (BBC)

Required reading of the day

Fidel Castro has published a memoir. It’s an incredible two volumes and 1,000 pages, about the “man before he was the myth.” (Global Post)