Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif reacts as he attends the opening session of 18th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Kathmandu November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Narendra Shrestha/Pool

Pakistan under pressure to save SAARC trade agenda

South Asian leaders will pile pressure on Pakistan on Thursday to salvage a summit in Nepal by agreeing to electricity sharing and the free movement of vehicles across borders, steps aimed at boosting trade among nearly a quarter of the world's people.  Read | Slideshow 

GDP growth to slow to 5.1 pct, but no rate cut yet - Reuters Poll 9:31am IST

BANGALORE - India's economic growth probably slowed to 5.1 percent in the July-September quarter from a year ago, but economists polled by Reuters doubted whether that would be enough to persuade the central bank to cut interest rates just yet.

Employees arrange tomatoes before weighing them at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of Mumbai November 4, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

Online grocers benefit from e-commerce boom

Put off by snarled city traffic and a shortage of parking, more Indians are shopping for groceries online, helping e-tailers like and turn in profits while supermarkets are struggling. The online grocers benefit from low overheads, as they store their goods in warehouses outside big cities where commercial rents are sky-high.  Full Article 

Members of the Dongria Kondh tribe walk on top of the Niyamgiri mountain, which they worship as their living god, to protest against plans by Vedanta Resources to mine bauxite from that mountain near Lanjigarh in Orissa state February 21, 2010.REUTERS/Reinhard Krause/Files
Land Conflicts

Disputes over land for industry on rise in India

Civil unrest in India is expected to worsen after a 30 percent rise in two years in the number of disputes between local communities and authorities taking over land for industrial projects, charities said on Wednesday. Most of the conflicts over land takeovers by the state were recorded in mineral-rich regions such as Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Meghalaya and Assam, they said.   Full Article 

Reporters speak on their phones after attending a news conference during the international player draft for the Indian Super League in Mumbai August 21, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India's two leagues to merge in 5 yrs: FA official

India’s two rival soccer leagues will merge within five years and will be profitable not long after, a senior official at the country’s football association said on Wednesday.  Full Article 

Protesters demonstrate over the grand jury verdict in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young
Ferguson Teen Shooting Verdict

More than 400 arrested as protests spread

National Guard troops and police aimed to head off a third night of violence in Ferguson as more than 400 people have been arrested in the St. Louis suburb and around the United States.  Full Article | Pics 

People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with a Google logo, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files

American firms behind Google's Europe woes

To many in Brussels it's Google's fellow Americans - such as Microsoft - whose complaints and lobbying have driven a probe by the European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance.  Insight 

One Direction accepts the award for favorite pop/rock album during the 42nd American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 23, 2014. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Boy band One Direction makes Billboard history

British boy band One Direction became the only group to score four consecutive No. 1 debuts on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart, ousting Taylor Swift from her chart-topping reign.  Full Article 

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    Cracked land is seen at Guarapiranga reservoir, during a drought in Sao Paulo November 21, 2014. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker

    Brazil’s epic water crisis a global wake-up call

    One of the world’s biggest cities is running out of water. Sao Paulo, a city of 20 million people, could run dry within weeks. The humanitarian and economic cost would be immense. The fiasco should be a global wake-up call for other metropolises. The immediate cause of the crisis is a year-long drought.  Full Article 

    An Israeli police officer gestures as he holds a weapon near the scene of an attack at a Jerusalem synagogue November 18, 2014. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

    Can you live a moral life in the holy city of Jerusalem?

    While you are reading about violent attacks in Jerusalem on the home page of your newspaper, Jerusalemites are living their lives, most of the time, as if they dwelled in a happy little European nation, say Luxembourg or the Netherlands. That’s how you can feel there a lot of the time, if you live on the Israeli side. That is assuming you’re not a crazed extremist of some kind.  Commentary 


    China monetary policy enters difficult adolescence

    China’s economy is in the throes of financial adolescence. If all credit in China still came from banks, a reduction in the benchmark rate set by the People’s Bank of China would benefit most borrowers. In the past few years, however, China has sprouted all kinds of new ways to save and borrow that don’t respond predictably to the central bank’s orders.  Full Article