A shopkeeper poses for a picture as he counts rupees at his shop in Jammu May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Mukesh Gupta/Files

With steady rates, firms' debt burdens weigh heavily

Companies are struggling to recover from years of exuberance, and say that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Raghuram Rajan's caution in cutting rates despite historically low inflation is making it harder for them to get back on track.  Full Article 

Asian stocks near 2015 lows on China economy worry, dollar strong 8:24am IST

HONG KONG - An index of Asian shares outside Japan fell close to this year's lows thanks to a deepening selloff in commodities and concerns over slowing growth in China, while the dollar held its ground against a basket of currencies.

Participants talk before the start of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Symposium for Anti-Doping Organizations in Lausanne March 24, 2015. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/Files
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Athletics roiled by mass doping allegations

Endurance runners suspected of doping have been winning a third of Olympic and world championship medals, two news organisations said on Sunday, after a leak of thousands of blood test results from 2001-2012 threw global athletics into chaos.  Full Article 

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German auto makers agree Nokia HERE deal

A consortium of German premium carmakers has agreed a deal to buy Nokia's mapping business HERE, two people familiar with the matter said on Sunday, in a push to extend the reach of automakers into digital services for connected cars.  Full Article 

Rebel fighters ride a motorcycle near Al-Shaar bridge, which according to activists has been closed off by rebels as it is a target for snipers from the forces of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad, near Hanano barracks in Aleppo, August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Abdalrhman Ismail

U.S. to defend Syrian rebels with airpower

The United States has decided to allow airstrikes to defend Syrian rebels trained by the U.S. military from any attackers, even if the enemies hail from forces loyal to Syrian President Assad.  Full Article 

An activist sleeps in front of papers with Taiwan's Education Minister Wu Se-hwa's picture during a protest at the entrance to the Ministry of Education in Taipei, Taiwan, August 1, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Textbook row highlights antipathy to 'one China'

Protests in Taiwan over textbook revisions which students say aim to brainwash them into accepting a "one China" view of history underscore the island's growing sense of independence from its vast neighbour and geopolitical foe.  Full Article 

Arsenal's Petr Cech celebrates after winning the FA Community Shield Action Images via Reuters / John Sibley / Livepic

Cech unnerved his former team mates: Wenger

Petr Cech broke a few Arsenal hearts down the years during his glittering Chelsea career but helped the Gunners enjoy a rare victory over Jose Mourinho's side on Sunday.  Read | A morale-boosting win  

Actor Tom Cruise poses on the red carpet for a screening of the film "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation" in New York July 27, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files

'Mission: Impossible' earns a whopping $56 mln

Tom Cruise is back on the big screen with his starring role in the fifth installment of the "Mission: Impossible" series – well exceeding studio estimates at $56 million opening weekend.  Video | Story 

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    Ketan Desai, the former president of the Medical Council of India, walks after his hearing at a courthouse in Lucknow, June 27, 2015. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar/Files

    Why Ketan Desai, accused of crimes, is set to lead the world’s top medical ethics body

    Dr. Ketan Desai is slated to head the WMA even as he faces conspiracy allegations in Indian courts. Desai has been facing allegations that he conspired to have the Medical Council recommend that a private medical college be allowed to add more students.  Full Coverage 

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    Why the West may miss the Taliban’s Mullah Omar

    Reports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. But the death of the one-eyed Afghan commander may also scuttle the most promising peace talks in Afghanistan in a decade. As odd as it may seem to some Americans, Omar’s death could not come at a worse time.   Commentary 

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    No economic case for another rate cut soon

    Given the fragility of India’s economic recovery, we do not expect an abrupt rise in rates soon, but the probability of rate reduction also looks slim. A bigger concern has to do with the rise of the dollar, which has increased markedly against the rupee over the past year, partly also reflecting its weak external fundamentals.  Full Article 

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