U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry pulls a chair for India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (foreground) upon their arrival to address a joint news conference New Delhi July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

India, U.S. stress strategic ties but tensions remain

The United States and India stressed their desire to boost business and defense ties on Thursday, but trade and spying rows were a reminder of the obstacles to President Barack Obama's vision of a "defining" partnership.  Full Article | In Pics: Kerry in India  

Maruti Suzuki says profits helped by sentiment, not growth 31 Jul 2014

NEW DELHI - India's biggest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki India Ltd, warned on Thursday that its rising sales were largely driven by improving sentiment, discounts and government tax breaks, rather than any underlying economic revival.

A rescue worker searches for survivors at the site of a landslide at Malin village in Maharashtra July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade
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Rescuers slog through mud for survivours

Rescuers waded waist-deep through swirling sludge to dig their way into dozens of submerged homes on Thursday and find more than 100 people swallowed up by a landslide that flattened almost an entire village.  Full Article | Slideshow 

L.D. Chopra, 76, an asthmatic patient, breathes through an oxygen mask while lying on a bed at his residence in New Delhi June 9, 2014.  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee
Reforming Health Sector

World Bank warns on excessive medical care

India needs to curtail excessive medical care that leads to patient overspending as more people get health insurance, the World Bank said on Thursday, adding voice to a growing chorus against overtreatment in the country. The comments come as the new government has vowed to crack down on unethical practices that plague India's $74 billion healthcare industry.  Full Article 

England's Moeen Ali celebrates after dismissing Mohammed Shami during the third cricket test match against India at the Rose Bowl cricket ground, Southampton, England July 31, 2014.  REUTERS/Philip Brown

Moeen puts India in a spin as England go 1-1

Spinner Moeen Ali claimed six wickets to inspire England to a crushing 266-run win over India on Thursday to level an absorbing series at 1-1 with two matches to play.  Full Article | Related Story 

A motorcyclist rides past labourers working at the construction site of a flyover on a highway on the outskirts of Ahmedabad July 7, 2014. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Infrastructure growth hits 9-month high in June

India's annual infrastructure sector growth hit a nine-month high of 7.3 percent in June, government data showed on Thursday, led by a surge in cement and electricity output.  Full Article 

Israeli soldiers stand on an armoured personnel carrier (APC) outside the central Gaza Strip as they fire a 120 mm mortar shell towards Gaza July 31, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Israel vows to completely destroy Gaza tunnels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, facing international alarm over a rising civilian death toll in Gaza, said on Thursday he would not accept any ceasefire that stopped Israel completing the destruction of militants' infiltration tunnels.  Full Article | Slideshow: Conflict in Gaza 

Three models of China's Xiaomi Mi phones are pictured during their launch in New Delhi July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Xiaomi's star rises, gnaws at Samsung's share

Xiaomi Inc, the three-year old company known as the Apple of China, has become the world's No.5 smartphone maker by market share while Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's lead has continued to shrink, a report by Strategy Analytics shows.  Full Article 

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Raffaello Pantucci

Afghanistan a building block for China-India ties

It is clear that there are issues with Sino-Indian collaboration on Afghanistan. First among these are differing perceptions on Pakistan and its role in Afghanistan’s current predicament. For China, Pakistani security forces are trying to deal with a monster within their country with links across the border. For Indian authorities, it is a Frankenstein’s monster of Pakistani construction.  Full Article 

Celine Gounder

To combat Ebola, first build back trust in healthcare workers

Efforts to fight stigmatized infectious diseases, like HIV and TB, have taught us that advocates from affected communities have an important role to play. Public health workers need to enlist the help of recovered patients and their families to speak about their experiences with medical treatment for the disease. Religious leaders and traditional healers should also be recruited.  Read 

Robert Cyran

Inversions start to spin out of control

Inversions are starting to spin out of control. A quest for tax savings has made digestible overseas targets attractive to U.S. buyers. Hospira’s potential $5 bln deal for a Danone unit highlights a fresh supply, for so-called “spinversions.” The odd combination also reflects the perverse incentives distorting corporate decisions. Healthcare companies lead the way trying to move domiciles.  Full Article 

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Visitors walk past TV sets during Russian President Vladimir Putin's live broadcast nationwide phone-in at the DNS electronic shop in Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk April 17, 2014. REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin/Files

Meet Vladimir Putin’s homophobic, vitriolic, charismatic master of propaganda

Russian President’s popularity has soared at home in the wake of his actions in Ukraine – and the masterful spin his intervention has been given. The joy that greeted his seizure of Crimea was due, at least in part, to a propaganda system more virulent than its Soviet predecessor. At the center of the system is a journalist called Dmitry Kiselyev.  Read 

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