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New bankruptcy code may take years to clean up debt

A long-awaited Indian bankruptcy code may soon win parliamentary approval, but struggling creditors – above all state banks trying to recover $100 billion in bad loans – shouldn't start celebrating just yet.

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As Asia's rice crop shrivels, food security fears resurface

SINGAPORE Nearly a decade after a spike in global food prices sent shockwaves around the world, Asia's top rice producers are suffering from a blistering drought that threatens to cut output and boost prices of a staple for half the world's population.

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Eyeing an Indiana victory, Trump says, 'It's over'

WASHINGTON Front-runner Donald Trump said on Sunday that he will have essentially sealed the Republican U.S. presidential nomination if he wins Tuesday's contest in Indiana, where he holds a big lead over chief rival Ted Cruz.

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Russia says talks to extend Syrian lull in fighting to Aleppo

MOSCOW/BEIRUT Russia said on Sunday talks were taking place to include Aleppo in a temporary lull in fighting declared by the Syrian army in some western parts of the country, a sign of intensified efforts to halt a surge of violence in Syria's former commercial capital.

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