Mohan Bhagwat, the head of India's most powerful Hindu group, vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the PM's economic reform agenda. Full Article
WASHINGTON - U.S.-led forces attacked Islamic State targets on Sunday with 13 air strikes in Iraq and three in Syria, using fighter, bomber and other aircraft, the U.S. military said.
Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would not cut output to prop up oil markets even if non-OPEC nations did so, in one of the toughest signals yet that the world's top petroleum exporter plans to ride out the market's biggest slump in years. Referring to countries outside of the OPEC, Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told reporters: "If they want to cut production they are welcome: We are not going to cut." Full Article
After cutting a single with rapper Pitbull, singing at the NFL, and being signed on by the clothing brand Guess as their top model, actress Priyanka Chopra is all set to star in an American television series this fall, developed around her by the ABC TV network. Full Article
SpiceJet’s woes are all too familiar. India is cajoling banks to lend to the country’s second largest single-brand carrier when the debt-ridden airline needs more equity. The government’s hope is to save jobs and prevent a repeat of the failure of Kingfisher Airlines. Even if the rescue works, exorbitant fuel taxes and lack of a bankruptcy law will keep the industry stuck in an air pocket. Full Article
Uber’s law flouting could bring its joyride to a screeching halt. The taxi app company is covering its drivers’ fines for illegally picking up passengers. That may be just another business expense to a firm that earned a $40 billion valuation by moving quickly and breaking the rules. But the legal, lobbying and public relations costs of reckless behavior are accelerating fast. Full Article
Saudi Arabia is once again using its “oil weapon”. The kingdom has two targets in its latest oil war: it is trying to squeeze U.S. shale oil - which requires higher prices to remain competitive with conventional production - out of the market. More broadly, the Saudis are also punishing two rivals, Russia and Iran, for their support of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in the Syrian civil war. Commentary
As the tenth anniversary of the 2004 Tsunami disaster approaches, experts and officials say weaknesses remain across the region in a system which had been designed to warn people and get them to safer areas. Full Article