Police and members of the rescue operation stand at the site of a train derailment near Harda, Madhya Pradesh, in this handout provided by ANI on August 5, 2015. . REUTERS/ANI/Handout via Reuters

Floods derail two trains in Madhya Pradesh, 21 dead

Two express trains derailed into a river in Madhya Pradesh overnight after flood water weakened the tracks, killing 21 people, state officials said on Wednesday, reigniting criticism about lack of safety on the world's fourth-largest rail network.  Full Article | Video 

Nestle's Maggi noodles deemed safe by Goa in first ruling since recall 11:44am IST

MUMBAI - Nestle SA's Maggi noodles comply with food safety standards, authorities in Goa said, in the first such ruling since the popular instant snack was pulled from stores after another state lab reported high lead content.

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India withdraws order to block porn websites

India has partially revoked an order to block hundreds of pornographic websites following an uproar on social media, but the government ordered Internet service providers to shut down sites that promote child pornography. The government last week asked operators to block access to 857 adult websites, resulting in an angry backlash on Twitter and a debate about censorship.  Full Article 

Workers unload sacks containing sugar from a handcart at a wholesale market in Ahmedabad, August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave

Mills may be forced to export sugar - sources

India is likely to bring in rules to make it compulsory for sugar mills to export millions of tonnes of surplus supplies to support local prices, sources said, in a move that could quell growing anger among farmers but add to a glut on global markets. A final decision rests with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who discussed the politically sensitive issue at a weekend meeting, the sources said.  Full Article 

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Services sector grows modestly in July

India's dominant services industry bounced back to growth in July, but the improvement was modest and unlikely to change expectations that the RBI could cut interest rates again before year-end. For the first time in three months, the Nikkei Services PMI nudged above the 50 mark, coming in at 50.8 in July.  Article 

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Apple's momentum 'meltdown' bites investors

Shares of the iPhone maker have been in a rut since posting disappointing quarterly results in late June, falling to a six-month low of $113.25 on Tuesday. The recent declines have wiped out nearly $100 billion of Apple's market value - about as much as fellow Dow components Boeing and McDonald's are worth in total.  Full Article 

A police officer leaves the Supreme Court building in Islamabad January 31, 2013. REUTERS/Mian Khursheed/Files

Legal victory for Pakistan's secret military courts

Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that secret military courts were legal and could pass death sentences on civilians, a judgment that critics said further strengthened the military's grip on power at the expense of civilian authorities.  Full Article 

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MH370 drift models gave wrong clues: Australia

Initial models of where potential debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet might first wash up had incorrectly identified Indonesia as the most likely location, the Australian body leading the search said on Wednesday.  Full Article 

Floyd Mayweather, Jr. of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in their welterweight WBO, WBC and WBA (Super) title fight in Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Steve Marcus/Files

Mayweather returns to ring in September

Floyd "Money" Mayweather will put his unbeaten record on the line when he steps into the ring to face Andre Berto in Las Vegas on Sept. 12 in what could be the final fight of his career.  Full Article 

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    A Chinese national flag flutters outside the headquarters of the People's Bank of China, the Chinese central bank, in Beijing, April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Petar Kujundzic/Files

    China hits the brakes on financial disruption

    China is hitting the brakes on disruption in the financial industry. The central bank is cracking down on the country’s $2 trillion online payments market. Proposed transaction limits and stricter security requirements appear to benefit traditional banks that have failed to keep up with online players. It’s a reminder that, even in China, there are limits to tech innovation.  Full Article 

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    Nowhere to go, but never at home

    For the vast majority of Syrians, more than 80 percent of whom live in Turkish cities, the feeling of being unsettled is seemingly perpetual. Many Syrians in Turkey do not possess a residence permit, which places them in a diplomatic limbo that underscores their “otherness” compared to their Turkish neighbors. As one Syrian aid worker living in Turkey put it, “you are in a closed circle with no way out.”   Commentary 

    Ketan Desai, the former president of the Medical Council of India, walks after his hearing at a courthouse in Lucknow, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files

    Why Ketan Desai, accused of crimes, is set to lead the world’s top medical ethics body

    Dr. Ketan Desai is slated to head the WMA even as he faces conspiracy allegations in Indian courts. Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students.  Full Coverage 

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    Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

    Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

    Robert Downey Jr. poses at the european premiere of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" at Westfield shopping centre, Shepherds Bush, London April 21, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/Files

    Robert Downey Jr. ranked world's top-earning actor by Forbes

    "Iron Man" star Robert Downey Jr. was named the world's top-earning actor by Forbes, taking first place on a list that featured leading men from Bollywood as well as Hollywood for the first time. Amitabh Bachchan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar also featured in the top 10.  Full Article 

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