Indian policemen stand guard as women walk pass near the residence of Yakub Memon, in Mumbai, July 30, 2015. REUTERS/Shailesh Andrade

India hangs Yakub Memon for 1993 Mumbai blasts

India hanged Yakub Memon on Thursday for his role in the country's deadliest bombings, which killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993, after the Supreme Court threw out his final plea for a stay of execution.  Full Article | Video 

Shell to cut jobs, spending to cope with lower oil prices 1:24pm IST

LONDON - Royal Dutch Shell on Thursday reported a 37 percent drop in second quarter profits and said it would cut 6,500 jobs this year and reduce spending further to deal with an extended period of lower oil prices.

A man talks on a phone in front of a giant advertisement promoting Samsung Electronics' new smartphone Galaxy S6 in central Seoul, South Korea, April 28, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

Samsung Electronics cautious on outlook

Samsung Electronics offered a downbeat outlook for the third quarter after April-June profit dropped on a supply shortage for one of its main smartphone models, underscoring continued headwinds for the tech giant.  Full Article 

The shadow of a Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) P3 Orion maritime search aircraft can be seen on low-level clouds as it flies over the southern Indian Ocean looking for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 March 31, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Griffith/Pool

Suspected MH370 debris found off Madagascar

France's air crash investigation agency is studying a piece of plane debris found on Reunion Island off the east coast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean for possible links to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, a spokesman said on Wednesday.  Full Article | Video 

A policeman stands inside a damaged police station after a gunfight in Dinanagar town in Gurdaspur district of Punjab July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Munish Sharma
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Punjab gunmen expose India's soft border

Three men carrying assault rifles, bombs and a rocket launcher who went on a murderous rampage in a small Punjab farm town this week have shown how vulnerable India is to attacks that challenge tentative peace overtures with neighbour Pakistan. Monday's raid came weeks after a meeting between Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif.  Full Article 

Devotees crowd to attend the Maha Pushkaralu, a Hindu festival, on the banks of river Godavari at Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh, India, July 14, 2015. REUTERS/R Narendra/Files
Population Growth

India to become most populous nation by 2022

India is set to overtake China and become the most populous country in the world in less than a decade - six years sooner than previously forecast, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Fast-growing Nigeria is on course to outstrip the United States by about 2050 to become the country with the third largest population, the United Nations has predicted.  Full Article 

Mullah Omar of Afghanistan's Taliban regime is shown in this undated U.S. National Counterterrorism Center image. REUTERS/National Counterterrorism Center/Handout via Reuters/Files

Taliban leader Mullah Omar, a pious enigma

One of the most wanted men in the world for over a decade, Mullah Omar was also one of the most elusive. There are no clear photographs in existence of the tall, one-eyed leader of Afghanistan's Taliban insurgents, and only a handful of foreigners have seen him. Even when his hardline Islamist followers ruled Afghanistan, little was known about him.  Full Article | Related Story 

A sign is placed on a table for members of the Beijing 2022 delegation at the start of the Executive Board meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne July 7, 2014.  REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files

Activists aim to derail Beijing's Olympics bid

Human rights activists are stepping up efforts to derail Beijing's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, hoping their protests and petitions can thwart what appears to be almost certain victory for the ciity .  Read 

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    Rupa Rege Nitsure

    No economic case for another rate cut soon

    Given the fragility of India’s economic recovery, we do not expect an abrupt rise in rates soon, but the probability of rate reduction also looks slim. A bigger concern has to do with the rise of the dollar, which has increased markedly against the rupee over the past year, partly also reflecting its weak external fundamentals.  Full Article 

    Richard Beales

    The Economist’s elite owners seek elite print run

    The widespread carnage in print advertising has not passed The Economist. The title’s cachet and its record may make it easier for wealthy owners to double down on a bet that their publication can succeed where others have failed. It would nevertheless be a contrarian call worthy of The Economist’s own editorial page.  Full Article 

    John Foley

    Market sirens lead China astray

    China's pledges to prop up the stock market are unwise. It didn’t have to be this way. After the benchmark Shanghai Composite index fell 8.5 percent on July 27, the main stock regulator announced it would continue to support the market. Such twitchiness is astonishing. Dark talk of "malicious shorting" adds to the air of a government on the back foot.  Full Article 

    The Great Debate

    Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

    Donald Trump is a superhero – but not in a good way

    What Donald Trump offers is his detestation of the very mechanics of politics — and of democracy itself. He has no time for the negotiations, consensus building, civility and seriousness required in a democracy. The aptly named Trump is telling them that he will trump the entire political system. He’ll replace the mess of politics with a clean sweep of super heroics.  Commentary 

    John Lloyd

    The whining of the militants

    However vexing it may be to watch powerful figures use the blame game to justify their bad actions, the strategy is proving wildly successful. Every one of these strategies – that of the violent Islamists, the Russian president and the Greek prime minister – is popular with the target audience. “It’s not my fault – it’s them.” It’s the new/old slogan.  Opinion 

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