Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seen at Hyderabad House in New Delhi September 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

PM Modi to get rock star reception in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on his first trip to New York as leader of the world's most populous democracy, will draw perhaps the largest crowd ever by a foreign leader on U.S. soil when he takes the stage on Sunday in Madison Square Garden.  Full Article 

India withdraws pharma pricing regulator's power to cap non-essential drug prices 11:10am IST

MUMBAI - India has withdrawn the drug pricing authority's powers that allowed it to fix the prices of medicines not deemed essential, after its decision to impose price caps on more than 100 drugs in July triggered industry protests.

Residents watch militant Islamist fighters taking part in a military parade along the streets of Syria's northern Raqqa province June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

U.S., partners launch first strikes on IS in Syria

The United States and several Gulf Arab allies launched air and missile strikes on Islamic State strongholds in Syria on Tuesday, U.S. officials said, opening a new, far more complicated front in the battle against the militants.  Full Article 

Students and teachers attend a rally during the class boycott at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in Hong Kong September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu
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Scuffle breaks out during Hong Kong protests

A scuffle broke out in Hong Kong on Tuesday as students took their pro-democracy protest to government headquarters and called on the city's chief executive. About 20 students clashed with police when they pushed barriers and rushed to meet Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying as he stepped out to meet the crowd.  Full Article 

Afghan president-elect Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai is seen before speaking at an event in Kabul September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Omar Sobhani

Doubts cloud sense of relief in Afghanistan

A day after Afghanistan announced a unity government to end a lengthy and dangerous election crisis, doubts about its ability to survive, let alone thrive, are already surfacing.  Full Article | Related Story 

Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah speaks at a news conference at the Main Media Centre of the 17th Asian Games in Incheon September 21, 2014. REUTERS/Rob Dawson

Australia 'interested' in joining Asian Games

Australia has welcomed the idea of possibly competing at the Asian Games after Asian Olympic officials agreed to let Oceania nations join them in smaller multi-sports events.  Full Article | Full Coverage 

A customer holds an iPhone 6 (R) and iPhone 6 Plus after the phones went on sale at the Fifth Avenue Apple store in Manhattan, New York September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Apple sells over 10 mln new iPhones in 3 days

Apple Inc said it sold more than 10 million iPhones in the first weekend after its new models went on sale on Friday, underscoring strong demand for phones with larger displays.  Full Article 

U.S. singers Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett speak during a news conference, ahead of their concert, in Brussels September 22, 2014. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Gaga sheds quirky image for Bennett album

Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, bridging a 60-year age gap to form one of music's unlikeliest pairs, launched a jazz album on Monday that lets the pop diva put aside her wacky image to sing sweet harmonies with the elder statesman of cool.  Full Article 

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    Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

    Fans rush to HMT as watchmaker marks time

    Retailers have reported a spike in sales of HMT watches after media reports said last week that the unprofitable unit of HMT Machine Tools Ltd was likely to wind down. Growing competition and the entry of foreign quartz watches and HMT’s failure to adapt to change led to falling sales, a slump from which the company never recovered.  Article 

    Ankush Arora

    Navtej Sarna on India’s Jerusalem connection

    Indian diplomat Navtej Sarna‘s latest book pieces together the history of an Indian “hospice” in Jerusalem. Spread over seven thousand square metres near the Dome of the Rock, the property has its origins in a visit by Sufi saint Baba Farid about 800 years ago. Farid, a pioneer of the Punjabi literary tradition, supposedly meditated for 40 days in an underground chamber in Jerusalem.  Full Article 

    Nita Bhalla

    India’s greed for dowries lies at heart of many abuses against women

    Despite being outlawed more than half a century ago, the custom of dowry continues unabated – promoting the view that girls and women are a liability and resulting in abuse, discrimination and murder. The mental and physical abuse some women face over dowry demands has driven them to suicide.  Full Article 

    China has not one property problem

    China has not one property problem, but many

    China’s real estate market is big enough that it can have not one property problem but many. A Breakingviews ranking of the forty biggest cities, according to different kinds of risks, shows there are huge differences between local markets. It’s not much consolation, though. A conflagration of regional problems could be just as bad as one big national one.   Full Article 

    Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

    Rape myths hide crimes. Just ask these children.

    "Hidden in Plain Sight" is an aptly titled new study by the United Nations International Children’s Fund. It shows that one in 10 girls and young women interviewed reported being sexually abused before age 20. “These are uncomfortable facts,” one UNICEF official said of the report, the largest study on global child abuse to date. “No government or parent will want to see them.”  Commentary