Employees stand at the main entrance to the Plaza Hotel in the Manhattan borough of New York August 18, 2014. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

SEBI piles pressure on Sahara to sell hotels

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has accused Sahara of deliberately failing to sell its marquee overseas hotels in New York and London, seen as crucial to it complying with an order to repay investors and secure the release of Subrata Roy.  Full Article 

Nigeria's purported Boko Haram 'leader' says has 'married off' girls - AFP 3:26pm IST

LAGOS - A man claiming to be Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau said that more than 200 girls kidnapped by the group six months ago from northeast Nigeria had been "married off" to its fighters, contradicting government claims they would soon be freed, AFP reported on Saturday.

Burkina Faso's military chief General Honore Traore (C) speaks with fellow officers before a news conference announcing his takeover of power, at army headquarters in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Joe Penney

Army officer takes charge in Burkina Faso

An army officer in Burkina Faso seized power on Saturday promising to lead the nation to polls after President Blaise Compaore's resignation, in an apparent putsch against the military chief of staff.  Full Article 

Crew members of the Panama-flagged cargo ship MV Asphalt Venture look out from the ship at the Kenyan Port of Mombasa April 28, 2011. REUTERS/Joseph Okanga/Files
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Somali pirates free Indian sailors after 4 years

Somali pirates have freed seven Indian sailors detained for close to four years in exchange for an undisclosed ransom, Somali officials and a maritime monitoring group said on Friday. Kenyan-based Ecoterra International, which monitors maritime activity on the Indian Ocean, confirmed the sailors' release.  Full Article 

National flags of Switzerland fly over the entrance of the headquarters of Swiss bank Credit Suisse in Zurich July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/Files

Bank synchrony hints at right kind of collusion

In recent days, Barclays, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS each has socked away big sums for legal expenses, much of it related to currency rate manipulation. That suggests a multitude of U.S. and UK regulators are working together on a rare single settlement, says Antony Currie.  Full Article 

Kei Nishikori of Japan returns a shot during his men's singles quarter-final tennis match against David Ferrer of Spain at the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy sports hall in Paris, October 31, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Nishikori qualifies for ATP World Tour Finals

Japan's Kei Nishikori became the first Asian-born singles player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals when he beat Spain's David Ferrer in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters.  Full Article 

An employee stands next to coils of steel inside a factory in Dalian, Liaoning province, October 18, 2013. REUTERS/China Daily/Files

China's Oct factory growth slips to 5-month low

Growth in China's factories fell to a five-month low in October, missing expectations for an expansion as manufacturers battled cooling order growth and rising costs in the slowing economy. The official Purchasing Managers' Index eased to 50.8 in October from September's 51.1, the National Bureau of Statistics said, but above the 50-point level.  Full Article 

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Kalki Koechlin on playing disabled teen

Kalki Koechlin on playing disabled teen

Kalki Koechlin is one of the few Bollywood actresses to build her star power while proving her talent in indie and mainstream cinema. Koechlin, 30, spoke to Reuters about her role as a disabled girl in "Margarita, With a Straw" and spending two months in a wheelchair for the part.  Full Article 

Why Israel doesn’t care what Obama thinks, or what officials call Netanyahu

Why Israel doesn’t care what Obama thinks, or what officials call Netanyahu

It is an open secret that the Obama administration is exasperated with the Israeli PM, especially with his disinterest both in making a peace deal with the Palestinians and normalizing relations with Sunni Arab states. Senior aides are also understandably riled by the Israeli government’s confrontational approach toward the administration.  Commentary 

Edward Hadas

Fear no robot overlords. They can become our best friends.

The “konditorei” in Sankt Florian, Austria, offers fine pastries and wonderful hot chocolate. It was the perfect location to interrupt a holiday for a bit of work. Over a slice of strudel, I spent a few minutes last week contemplating my colleague Andy Mukherjee’s well argued article about the danger robots pose for the modern economy. Looking around the bakery-cafe, I saw why Andy should be proven wrong.  Full Article 

D H Pai Panandiker

If Europe gets into a debt crisis

With the debt crisis building up in Europe, the rupee could possibly go down to the level reached in 2013 due to repatriation of FII investment. That is enough for the stock market to plunge. While the ECB will use all the tools at its disposal to prevent another debt crisis, one thing is almost certain - weakening of the euro currency, which may help Europe but not India.  Read 

Limestone funerary reliefs from Syria are on the International Council of Museums Emergency Red List of cultural objects at risk of looting. REUTERS/ICOM

How the West buys ‘conflict antiquities’ from Iraq and Syria (and funds terror)

“Many antique collectors unwillingly support terrorists like Islamic State, ” Michel van Rijn, one of the most successful smugglers of antique artifacts in the past century, told German broadcaster Das Erste. And smuggling is booming in Iraq and Syria. In Iraq, 4,500 archaeological sites are reportedly controlled by Islamic State.  Commentary 

India, Indonesia take different, but similar coal paths

India, Indonesia take different, but similar coal paths

India, poised to become the world's largest importer of thermal coal, appears to be opening up its domestic mining sector to foreign competition just as Indonesia, its biggest supplier, is making it harder for exporters.  Full Article 

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