Employees work on a Chevrolet Beat car on an assembly line at the General Motors plant in Talegaon, about 118 km (73 miles) from Mumbai September 3, 2012. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

GM to invest $1 bln in India, double mkt share by 2020

General Motors will invest $1 billion in the next few years to turn operations in India into a new global auto manufacturing and export hub aimed at boosting sales in fast-growing emerging markets, top executives said on Wednesday.  Full Article 

Sensex ends higher, snaps four-day losing streak 3:46pm IST

MUMBAI - The BSE Sensex and Nifty snapped a four-day losing streak to end higher on Wednesday as investors churned positions in favour of exporters, including defensive stocks on caution ahead of the outcome of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy meeting.

Leader of the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) Malik Ishaq speaks during an interview with Reuters at his home in Rahim Yar Khan in southern Punjab province October 9, 2012.  REUTERS/Mian Khursheed/Files

Pakistan sectarian group chief, sons killed

Pakistani police killed the leader of the sectarian militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, his two sons and 11 others on Wednesday in a shootout after gunmen attacked a police convoy and freed him as he was being moved, police said.  Full Article 

A student holds a portrait of former President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam during a candle light march in Mumbai, India, July 28, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui
People's President

Kalam saw India as a superpower: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has praised former President Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, remembering the example set by the childhood newspaper vendor who rose to prominence as driver of India’s nuclear weapon and missile programme before becoming president in 2002.  Full Article | Slideshow: Farewell Kalam 

Part of a propaganda banner which reads, "Prevent and reject the Church of Almighty God's cult invasions" is seen at an outdoor exercising court, in Puyang, Henan province, China, in this file picture taken January 12, 2012. REUTERS/Stringer/Files
China

Uncertain times fuel occult beliefs in officials

The founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, banned fortune telling and superstition in puritan, communist China after the 1949 revolution, but the occult has made a comeback. Underground belief in occult practices such as sorcery and prophecy has spread widely enough amongst Party officials that state media have felt compelled to issue numerous warnings in recent years about its dangers.  Full Article 

A serviceman from the battalion 'Aydar' waves a Ukrainian flag during a protest against the disbanding of the battalion, in front of Ukraine's Defence Ministry in Kiev February 2, 2015. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/Files

Ukraine struggles to control maverick battalions

From a basement billiard club in central Kiev, Dmytro Korchynsky commands a volunteer battalion helping Ukraine's government fight rebels in the east. In the eyes of many Ukrainians, volunteer fighters are heroes for helping the weak regular army resist pro-Russian separatists. But in the view of the government, some volunteers have become a problem.  Full Article 

Gerard Depardieu poses on the red carpet at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, May 22, 2015.  REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Files

Actor Gerard Depardieu banned from Ukraine

Ukraine has banned French actor Gerard Depardieu from entering the country for five years, its state security service said on Wednesday, apparently for making comments that suggested he supported Russia's annexation of Crimea last year.  Full Article 

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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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