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WTO clinches first global trade deal in its history

GENEVA - The World Trade Organization adopted the first worldwide trade reform in its history on Thursday, after years of stalemate, months of deadlock and a final day's delay following an eleventh-hour objection.

U.S. crude hits 4-1/2 year low after OPEC decides against output cut 6:26am IST

TOKYO/SINGAPORE - U.S. crude futures tumbled nearly $6 on Friday to the lowest since May 2010 after OPEC decided against cutting output, leaving the market with excess supply that deepened oil's months-long rout.

An Indian army soldier carries a rocket launcher near the site of a gunbattle with suspected militants at Pindi Khattar village in Arnia near the border with Pakistan November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta
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Ten dead in Kashmir militant attack

Gunmen wearing army uniforms attacked an Indian army base near the border with Pakistan, leaving ten people dead in the worst militant violence in in more than a year. Three soldiers and three civilians were shot dead, said Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah.  Full Article 

A health worker culls a duck at a duck farm in Dolura village, about 40 km (25 miles) west of Agartala, capital of Tripura, March 6, 2011.  REUTERS/Stringer/Files
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Bird flu strain in India can transfer to humans

A bird flu virus found in India this week is the H5N1 strain that can be transmitted to humans, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Thursday. However, the organisation said it was not concerned about the situation, because India had faced outbreaks of the virus before. No human case has been reported since at least 2003.  Full Article 

An employee works on a transformer inside an electrical appliances manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Jammu February 28, 2014. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

Growth set to weaken, business wants reforms

Anticipating data out on Friday will show weakening economic growth, the finance ministry will argue for an interest rate cut, but bankers and company executives say the key to recovery lies in how fast the government acts on reforms.  Full Article | Reuters poll on GDP data 

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Forever21 sets sights on Indian cities

Reuters spoke to Timmy Sarna, managing director of DLF Brands, which runs the operations of “fast-fashion” clothing store Forever21 in India. Sarna discussed the recent opening of Forever21’s first store in Bangalore, why store shopping beats online shopping for now, and the company’s expansion plans for Hyderabad, Pune and other cities.  Interview 

Flowers, left to honour Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, rest against the gates of the Sydney Cricket Ground, November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Jason Reed
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Cricketing world mourns Hughes' death

Flags flew at half-mast at cricket grounds across the world on Friday and players left bats outside their doors in a social media tribute to Australia's Phillip Hughes.  Read | In pics: Phillip Hughes 

People walk past a mural of Michael Brown in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York November 27, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
Ferguson Teen Shooting Verdict

Calm comes to troubled Ferguson

Tensions eased in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson after two nights of violence and looting sparked by racially charged anger over a grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager.  Full Article | Brown's parents speak 

People holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a backdrop projected with the Twitter logo in this illustration picture taken in  Warsaw September 27, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Files
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Twitter to start tracking users' mobile apps

Twitter Inc will begin tracking what third-party apps are installed on users' mobile devices so the social media company can deliver more tailored content, including ads, the company said.  Full Article 

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Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

Bengali household name Jamini Roy’s paintings

In his quest for an Indian identity, painter Jamini Roy rebelled against the British academic training and took to the local, folk idiom. Broad brush strokes, simple forms, stretched eyes, decorative borders and use of flat colours are the dominant motifs in an exhibition of the artist’s works being displayed in Delhi.  Full Article 

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Nandita Das

A Minute With: Nandita Das

Nandita Das might be one of the few Indian actors known outside of India, but she isn’t sure that she wants to be identified as an actor. Das has myriad interests besides acting and directing, the latest of which is CinePlay, a new venture started by her husband. In a telephone interview from the United States, Das spoke about CinePlay and why she isn’t doing too many films.  Read interview 

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Barack Obama and Ferguson: The cost of being the reluctant black president

The Age of Obama, once heralded as the dawn of a new “post-racial” America, has proven to be far more complex than his supporters and critics could have imagined just six years ago. Ferguson has exposed racial and class divisions in the nation that Obama’s soaring rhetoric gracefully elided during his 2008 presidential campaign.  Commentary 

Cracked land is seen at Guarapiranga reservoir, during a drought in Sao Paulo November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

Brazil’s epic water crisis a global wake-up call

One of the world’s biggest cities is running out of water. Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, could run dry within weeks. The humanitarian and economic cost would be immense. The fiasco should be a global wake-up call for other metropolises. The immediate cause of the crisis is a year-long drought.  Full Article 

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