Rupee notes of different denominations are seen in this picture illustration taken in Mumbai April 30, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash/Files

Govt seeks legal advisers to sell Oil India, EIL stakes

India took a step toward selling minority stakes in eight state-run companies including Oil India Ltd and power generator NTPC on Friday, part of a drive to sell off $11 billion of government assets this fiscal year.  Full Article 

India's push to save its cows starves Bangladesh of beef 03 Jul 2015

Ghojadanga, India/Dhaka - Some 30,000 Indian soldiers guarding the border with Bangladesh have a new mandate under Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government this year - stop cattle from crossing illegally into the Muslim-majority neighbour.

Farmers work in a paddy field in Agartala, capital of Tripura September 3, 2009. REUTERS/Jayanta Dey/Files

Surplus monsoon rains accelerate crop sowing

Ample monsoon rainfall in the month of June accelerated planting of main crops such as rice and cotton, government data showed on Friday, though the current dry spell could slow down the pace of sowing in coming weeks. Weather officials forecast monsoon rains would remain subdued in large parts of the country in the first half of the month of July.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

'Yes' supporters wave Greek flags during a pro-Euro rally next to the Panathenean stadium in Athens, Greece, July 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Marko Djurica
Greece Debt Crisis

Greeks deeply divided heading into crucial vote

Greeks took to the streets in the tens of thousands in rival rallies that laid bare the deep divide heading into a referendum that may decide the country’s future in Europe’s single currency  Full Article | Video 

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (2nd R) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at a hotel in Vienna, Austria July 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Middle East

Iran nuclear talks in endgame

A year and half of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers were creeping towards the finish line on Friday as negotiators wrestled with sticking points including questions about Tehran's past atomic research.  Full Article 

Gautam Gambhir attends a practice session ahead in Hambantota in this July 19, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Fukes

Gambhir happy to buck trends in comeback bid

Gymnastics and mixed martial arts do not come naturally to Indian batsmen but Gautam Gambhir, toiling to revive his career, does not mind giving them a try if it helps get him back to the top.   Full Article 

Bertrand Piccard (L) celebrates with Andre Borschberg after the Solar Impulse 2 airplane, piloted by Borschberg, landed at Kalaeloa airport after flying non-stop from Nagoya, Japan, in Kapolei, Hawaii, July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Hugh Gentry

Solar-powered plane lands, pilot sets record

The Solar Impulse, an aircraft powered only by the sun's energy, landed in Hawaii early on Friday, shattering the solo-flight record threshold of 76 hours while crossing the Pacific.   Video | Main Story 

A relative of a victim weeps as rescuers search for missing passengers at the capsized vessel MBCA Kim-Nirvana near a port in Ormoc city, central Philippines July 3, 2015. REUTERS/Alan Kristofer Motus
Asia

Death toll in Philippine ferry tragedy rises to 51

The death toll from a capsized Philippine ferry rose to 51 on Friday as rescuers tried to right the overturned vessel and found more bodies, a coast guard official said.  Full Article | Video 

Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates after winning his match against Bernard Tomic of Australia at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, July 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett
Wimbledon

Djokovic and Sharapova restore order

Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova restored order to a shaken Wimbledon on Friday, imposing brutal authority on their battered opponents a day after Rafa Nadal's exit at the hands of maverick journeyman Dustin Brown.  Article | Pics: Best of Wimbledon 

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A salesman helps a customer (R) to select gold bangles at a jewelry showroom in Mumbai, India, May 21, 2015.  REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade/Files

RBI, govt in talks to scrap import curbs on gold-silver alloy - sources

The Reserve Bank of India and the finance ministry are in talks to scrap bulk import licences for a gold-silver alloy used by domestic refiners, months after relaxing curbs on gold imports, officials with direct knowledge of the discussions told Reuters.  Full Article 

Una Galani

Ousted CEO shows risks of SoftBank startup splurge

Failure is an unpleasant fact for most startups. One in three new companies lose most of the capital that investors have put into them. Housing.com may benefit from CEO Rahul Yadav’s removal. But it will be harder for the company to succeed now that it has been forced to cut all ties to its founder. The fallout raises the question of how many of SoftBank’s similar investments will deliver a positive return.  Opinion 

Why the people crossing the Mediterranean aren’t ‘migrants’

Why the people crossing the Mediterranean aren’t ‘migrants’

In 2015, majority of arrivals in Europe have so far come from four countries: Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan, and Somalia. These are all countries at war or with repressive dictatorships (Eritrea), so most of their citizens should be given refugee status in the EU, according to EU rules.  Commentary 

Matthew Gault

Failure of new U.S. weapons systems may be more than science fiction

A war between China and America is a favorite subject of armchair military analysts. Why would it happen? How would it play out? Authors have written thousands of pages online and off trying to answer these questions. That’s why Ghost Fleet, a new novel by national-security analysts August Cole and P.W. Singer, is fascinating.   Commentary 

Hugo Dixon

Tsipras looks like he is crumbling

It looks like Alexis Tsipras is crumbling. After the banks closed and public opinion started moving against him, the Greek prime minister seems desperate for a deal with his creditors. Athens has now defaulted to the International Monetary Fund, adding to the pressure. But it is not clear lenders will cut him any slack. They may prefer to deal with his successor.  Commentary 

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