India's HFC gas decision significant for climate : US

India's HFC gas decision significant for climate: U.S.

India's surprise decision to agree to phase-down the use of a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigerators etc. after years of opposition is a "significant step" toward global action to address climate change, the U.S. State Department's climate change envoy said Friday.  Read 

Afghanistan suicide blast kills 33, injures more than 100 11:22am IST

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - A suicide bomb blast in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad killed 33 people and injured more than 100 outside a bank where government workers collect salaries, the city's police chief said on Saturday.

Kashmiri protesters run for cover amid smoke of tear gas fired by Indian police during a demonstration in Srinagar, April 17, 2015. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

Violent clashes over arrest of separatist leaders

Violent clashes erupted between protesters and police in Kashmir on Friday, after days of unrest in the Himalayan region over the killing of a youth by the army and a crackdown by authorities on separatist leaders. Police fired tear gas and charged with batons to disperse hundreds of people who gathered after Friday prayers in Srinagar to protest the arrests of the leaders and the killing of the youth.  Story 

A fisherman prepares to cast his fishing net in the waters of the Vembanad lake as a container ship is seen docked in the background, at a port in Vallarpadam, in Kochi February 11, 2014. REUTERS/Sivaram V/Files
Trade Data

India frets trade gains could unravel

India's trade deficit in March was the highest in four months, at $11.79 billion, as exports continued to fall, underscoring risks for growth prospects in Asia's third largest economy. A plunge in global prices of crude oil, by nearly half since last June, has slashed India's import bill, making for a less worrisome trade deficit, despite a drop in exports in recent months.   Full Article 

A schoolgirl reads from a textbook at an open-air school in New Delhi November 20, 2014. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files
Educating Girls in Rajasthan

Boys persuade girls back to school in campaign

Boys campaigning for girls' education is not common in most parts of the world but in Rajasthan they are at the heart of a drive to get more girls into schools. Educate Girls trains young people to go into villages to find girls that are not in the classroom in a country where more than three million girls are out of school.  Full Article 

Greek national flags are displayed for sale at a one-Euro shop in Athens, March 29, 2015. REUTERS/Kostas Tsironis

Greece hunts for cash to stay afloat

ATHENS - Greece will need to tap all the remaining cash reserves across its public sector -- a total of 2 billion euros -- to pay civil service wages and pensions at the end of the month, according to finance ministry officials.  Full Article 

A logo is pictured at Google's European Engineering Center in Zurich April16, 2015. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann

Google-EU showdown offers openings to others

A drawn-out process of the competition dispute involving EU and Google may embolden existing and would-be interlopers to step up assaults on Google's businesses, if the history of Microsoft's antitrust battles with U.S. and European regulators is any guide.  Full Article 

England's James Anderson celebrates taking the wicket of West Indies' Marlon Samuels who was caught by James Tredwell which equals the record for the most test wickets for an England player. Action Images via Reuters / Jason O'Brien

King of swing Anderson tops Botham's record

James Anderson became England's highest wicket-taker in test cricket when he claimed his 384th victim in the drawn first test against West Indies in Antigua.  Story | England's leading test wicket-takers 

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Aditi Shah

100 ‘smart cities’? Getting just one done will be a challenge

PM Narendra Modi’s plan to build 100 "smart cities" by 2022 to decongest existing urban centres probably will take longer to achieve. Reuters visited the foundations of one of these cities in Gujarat, a finance centre called Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT), and interviewed the CEO of the company executing the project.  Full Article | India builds first 'smart' city 

A new crisis is brewing between two nuclear-armed neighbors

A new crisis is brewing between India, Pakistan

Last week, India announced it will establish protected settlements to rehouse about 200,000 Hindus in the Kashmir Valley. Forced out of Indian Kashmir by Pakistan-supported Islamists in 1989-1990, the displaced citizens are a priority for Narendra Modi’s Hindu-nationalist government. Conversely, Islamist protests illustrate opposition to Hindu empowerment.  Commentary 

China’s answer to Uber may be worth more than Uber

China’s answer to Uber may be worth more than Uber

Could China’s answer to Uber be worth as much as the original? Taxi-hailing apps, Didi Dache and Kuadi Dache, could already be worth almost $14 bln – twice their reported value when they merged. They could even close in on the $40 bln valuation of the U.S. app. All depends on how much passengers are willing to pay for something they now get free.  Read 

Mohamad Bazzi

An ancient imam at the centre of Iran nuclear deal

When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif announced on April 2 that his country tentatively accepted an agreement limiting Tehran’s nuclear programme, he made a point of praising his boss, the supreme leader. After two years of negotiations, Zarif could be expected to thank Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in all Iranian political and national security matters.  Read 

A worker operates a machine on an assembly line for the bottling and labelling of soybean oil at the Pyongyang Essential Foodstuff Factory in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang on June 8, 2013. Similarly undated pictures released by KCNA earlier on Saturday showed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un visiting the factory.        REUTERS/KCNA (NORTH KOREA - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD EMPLOYMENT) ATTENTION EDITORS � THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. NO THIRD PARTY SALES. NOT FOR USE BY REUTERS THIRD PARTY DISTRIBUTORS. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

Years after the famine, here’s how North Koreans really get by

Though markets in some form have always existed in North Korea, the declining official role of the state in economic activity means that private trade has never been as widespread - or necessary - as it is today. The reason for this is simple: the state can no longer provide for the people in the way it once could, and it was the horrific famine of the mid-1990s that was the turning point.  Commentary 

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