Business activity rises in August, but optimism fades

BENGALURU - India's services industry grew for a second month in August but optimism fell to its lowest level since late 2005, a survey showed on Thursday, keeping pressure on the Reserve Bank for another rate cut later this month to bolster a slowing economy.

India edible oil producers fight losing battle against cheap palm oil imports 2:32am IST

DEWAS, India - Rajesh Agrawal had built two large oilseed crushing mills in central India, betting on rising local consumption of edible oils. But now after 30 years of soaring demand and good business, his main mill is shut and covered in grass.

Migrants protest from inside a train at the railway station in the town of Bicske, Hungary, September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo
Migration Crisis

Hungary police prise migrants from train tracks

Migrants forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks on Thursday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned 3-year-old boy.  Full Article 

People walk past a chemist shop at a market in Mumbai June 24, 2014. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/Files

India drugmaker stocks exception in Asian rout

The double-digit stock market gains of pharmaceutical giants including Dr. Reddy's Laboratories and Wockhardt stand out in stark relief to the dismal performance of other Asian emerging-market stocks this year.  Full Article 

A visitor walks past a billboard advertising Samsung Gear S smartwatch at the IFA consumer technology fair in Berlin, September 5, 2014.   REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Files

Samsung's new watch to be 'in sync' with rivals

Samsung Electronics said on Thursday it would make its next smartwatch technology available to its competitors who also use Google Inc's mobile platform Android, hoping to increase its share of the market, which is now dominated by Apple Inc.  Full Article 

A copy of a new Kentucky marriage certificate application for same-sex couples, with "First Party"and "Second Party" replacing "Bride" and "Groom", is seen in Toronto September 3, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Helgren

U.S. clerk jailed for same-sex marriage stance

A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was found in contempt of court by a U.S. federal judge and taken into custody.  Full Article 

Leader of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) political party Rajavarothiam Sampanthan speaks during a Foreign Correspondents' Association of Sri Lanka forum in Colombo June 4, 2013. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte/Files

After 32 years, a Tamil to lead Lanka opposition

Sri Lanka parliament named an ethnic minority Tamil politician as the main opposition leader for the first time in 32 years, a sign of growing reconciliation following the end of civil war.  Full Article 

The wife, Asrar (L), and daughter, Asmaa, of Mahmoud Abdel Hadi pose for a picture beneath photographs of Hadi (top L) and his son Assem at the family home in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, Egypt, July 28, 2015. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
Special Report

In Egypt, jailed Islamists 'dying of neglect'

Muslim Brotherhood lawmaker Mohammad al-Falahgi was arrested on terror charges in 2013 and held in prison, but never convicted. Earlier this year, after pleading for medical help, he died "handcuffed to the hospital bed," according to his son Osama. Falahgi's family believes his death was deliberate, a way for the Egyptian state to deal with a prisoner it wanted to get rid of.  Full Article 

Women wearing masks to prevent contracting Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) walk at Myeongdong shopping district in central Seoul, South Korea, July 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/Files

Countries not following MERS advice: experts

Governments are not doing all they should to tackle the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, a committee of health experts at the World Health Organization said on Thursday.  Full Article 

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