Smog chokes Delhi, Beijing as climate talks begin

The capitals of the world's two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog on Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are leading participants.

Bharti Airtel plans $9 billion investment to upgrade India phone network 3:48pm IST

NEW DELHI India's biggest telecommunications carrier, Bharti Airtel Ltd , will invest 600 billion rupees ($8.98 billion) over three years to upgrade its network, as competition heats up in the world's second-biggest mobile phone market.

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Labourers work at the construction site of a bridge over the Mahananda river in Siliguri June 4, 2009. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

GDP growth seen rising

India likely expanded 7.3 percent in the second quarter of the current financial year 2015/16, compared with 7 percent in April-June, according to analysts polled by Reuters.  Manoj Kumar reports 

The Dalai Lama greets well wishers after addressing a crowd gathered at the Stone Circles at Worthy Farm in Somerset during the Glastonbury Festival in Britain, June 28, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files

China sticks to right to decide next Dalai Lama

China will never give up the right to decide on the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, a top Chinese official said on Monday, despite criticism from rights groups and the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader on the issue.  Full Article | In Pictures - Dalai Lama's life in exile 

Nov 29, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant speaks at a press conference after the game against the Indiana Pacers at Staples Center. REUTERS/Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Lakers' great Bryant to retire at end of season

Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, arguably the best player of his generation, announced on Sunday he will retire after the 2015-16 National Basketball Association season.  Full Article 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu listens as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speas to the media before their meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, November 24, 2015. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/ Pool

Israel suspends EU role in peace process

Israel said on Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  Full Article 

New Zealand's Tim Southee bowls as the sun sets during the first day of the third cricket test match against Australia at the Adelaide Oval, in South Australia, November 27, 2015.    REUTERS/David Gray

Successful day-night test promises new dawn

The carefully choreographed debut of day-night test cricket in Adelaide threw some time-honoured conventions out the window but offered a glimmer of hope for the survival of the game's oldest format.  Read 

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