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With eye on China, India to develop border region

India has eased restrictions on building roads and military facilities along its disputed border with China, as the new government seeks to close the gap on its neighbour's superior transport network and take a stronger stance on Beijing.  Full Article 

U.S. sees Middle East help fighting IS, Britain cautious after beheading 12:03am IST

WASHINGTON/LONDON - Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State militants and Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back even after the group beheaded a British hostage and threatened to kill another.

Vehicles are driven through a flooded street in Srinagar September 14, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi
Kashmir Floods

A week on from flood, 150,000 still stranded

About 150,000 people were still stranded in their homes a week after Jammu and Kashmir's worst flood in over a century and fears grew of an outbreak of diseases from vast fields of stagnant brown water. Army and civilian boats trawled through the streets - now water channels - of capital Srinagar, picking up residents and delivering water, food and basic medicine to people.  Full Article 

A passenger squeezes in through the window of a stationary train at a railway station in Jammu July 8, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files
Xi's South Asia Visit

China on track to develop Indian railways

China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India's rail network during a visit by President Xi Jinping this week, bringing more than diplomatic nicety to the neighbours' first summit since Narendra Modi became prime minister in May.  Full Article 

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a joint news conference with Egypt's foreign minister in Cairo September 13, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool
The Islamic State

U.S. sees Middle East help, UK cautious

Washington said countries in the Middle East had offered to join air strikes against Islamic State & Australia said it would send troops, but Britain held back.  Full Article | Cameron vows to destroy "monsters" 

Real Madrid's goalkeeper Iker Casillas reacts during their Spanish first division soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid September 13, 2014. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Real humbled in derby but Chelsea on fire

Stuttering Real Madrid lost in the derby as La Liga titleholders Atletico Madrid gained a modicum of revenge for their Champions League final defeat while Manchester United are up and running even if Paris St Germain are yet to hit their stride.  Full Article 

A hotel guest swims in the pool of the Marina Bay Sands Skypark overlooking the haze covered skyline of Singapore June 17, 2013. REUTERS/Edgar Su/Files
Environment

Singapore air pollution slips into unhealthy level

Singapore's air pollution rose to unhealthy levels on Monday, the National Environment Agency said, as winds changed direction and brought in light smoke from forest fires in neighbouring Indonesia. The NEA warned on Sunday that if the wind blew from the southwest, Singapore could experience occasional haze from fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island.  Full Article 

A boy eats a free meal during a feeding program in the slum area in Baseco, Tondo city, metro Manila May 22, 2013. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco/Files
Development

Govts can unleash billions for social good

Governments can unleash billions of dollars to tackle social problems more effectively if they take bold steps to reduce barriers to investing for both profit and social good. The G8 Social Impact Investment Task Force calls on governments to make tax and regulatory reforms to catalyse the market in investments that generate social or environmental benefits alongside financial returns.  Full Article 

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    How falling crude prices affect India

    How falling crude prices affect India

    Brent crude prices have dropped below $100 a barrel, causing anxiety within the OPEC and giving some relief to India and China. The fall in prices is largely due to subdued demand by consumers and oversupply by some OPEC producers. An added reason is the increase in U.S. production from shale.  Full Article 

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    Bagpiper and busker David Whitney of Aberdeen, Scotland, plays the bagpipes near Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament in central London September 10, 2014. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

    No gimmicks, just 10 good reasons why Scotland shouldn’t leave the UK

    Readers of a romantic bent, perhaps Scots or descendants of Scots, may think that it would be cool for Scotland to vote for independence from the United Kingdom next Thursday. If so, here are 10 reasons why they’re wrong.  Full Article 

    Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President at Apple Inc., speaks about the iPhone 6 (C) and the iPhone 6 Plus (R) during an Apple event at the Flint Center in Cupertino, California, September 9, 2014. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

    Apple cooks up recipe to empty pockets and wallets

    Apple has cooked up a recipe for emptying pockets and wallets. In addition to unveiling two new smartphones, the tech giant has combined a fingerprint sensor and an overlooked app into an iPhone payment system that looks secure and easy to use. A new watch lacks obvious appeal but has potential to replace car keys and other pocket detritus.  Full Article 

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

    China smartphones set to pick off global giants

    Not everyone is able to spend $500 on a smartphone. For those lacking funds or wanting better value for money, China’s handset makers increasingly appeal. Today, most of their sales are domestic. Yet low costs are helping them dial in new emerging market customers.’ Chinese brands have quickly seized control of their home market.  Full Article 

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