An employee counts U.S. dollar bills at a foreign exchange counter inside a bank in New Delhi July 23, 2013. REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee/Files

Bank of Baroda net profit down 69 percent

India's second-biggest lender by assets booked a 69 percent fall in quarterly profit on Friday, due to higher provisions for bad loans and a surge in tax expenses.  Full Article 

BSE slashes fees in FX derivatives battle with NSE 10:59am IST

MUMBAI - India's oldest stock market operator, BSE Ltd, is slashing fees to gain ground in new markets, turning currency derivatives into the latest battleground in its long-standing rivalry with the younger but larger National Stock Exchange.

Policemen escort driver Shiv Kumar Yadav (3rd R in black jacket) who is accused of a rape outside a court in New Delhi December 8, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/Files

Victim of alleged rape sues Uber in U.S. court

A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi sued the online car service in U.S. federal court, claiming the company failed to maintain basic safety procedures. In the lawsuit, the woman, who resides in Delhi and was not named, called Uber the "modern day equivalent of electronic hitchhiking."   Full Article 

A man walks past a graffiti, denouncing strikes by U.S. drones in Yemen, painted on a wall in Sanaa November 13, 2014. REUTERS/Khaled Abdullah/Files

US drone programme in Yemen faces intel gaps

The U.S. is facing increasing difficulty acquiring intelligence needed to run its stealth drone programme in Yemen, undermining a campaign against the most lethal branch of al Qaeda after Houthi rebels seized control of parts of the country’s security apparatus.  Full Article 

Armed volunteers prepare for patrol on their boat in Phang Nga province January 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Amy Sawitta Lefevre
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Thai vigilantes take up fight against trafficking

A motley group of Thai civilians, frustrated by their government's lacklustre response to human trafficking, have taken up arms to patrol one of Asia's busiest smuggling routes.  Full Article 

A man walks past a TV screen broadcasting a news program about Islamic State hostages Jordanian air force pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh (top R) and Japanese journalist Kenji Goto (top C), along a street in Tokyo January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino
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Japan, Jordan working closely on fate of captive

Japan was working closely with Jordan on Friday to find out what was happening to a Japanese journalist held by Islamic State militants after a deadline passed for the release of an Iraqi would-be suicide bomber on death-row in Jordan.  Full Article 

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Clarke back to prove fitness for World Cup

Australia captain Michael Clarke will return to club cricket this weekend as he continues his bid to prove his fitness for the upcoming World Cup, Cricket Australia said on Friday.  Full Article 

Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs on stage in Helsinki April 26, 2013. REUTERS/Mikko Stig/Lehtikuva/Files

Bieber: dropping 'arrogant', 'conceited' attitude

Pop star Justin Bieber said he was leaving behind his "arrogant" and "conceited" attitude after bad behavior in the past year damaged his image while he makes the transition from teen idol to adult performer. The singer said in a video posted on his Facebook page that he was "afraid of what people are thinking about me right now."  Full Article 

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