Commandos kill militants in Kashmir gunbattle

Indian army commandos killed three militants holed up in an officers' mess and another person was shot dead during a six-hour gunbattle at an army base in the disputed Kashmir region on Wednesday, a senior army officer said.

Support for lower GST rate gaining traction 3:35pm IST

NEW DELHI The idea of setting a relatively low rate for a new sales tax seemed to be gaining traction on Wednesday, as politicians of all stripes met to debate what would be the country's biggest tax reform since independence.

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U.S. President Barack Obama will meet China's president Xi Jinping and PM Narendra Modi on the first day of the Paris climate talks on Nov. 30, White House officials said.  Full Article 

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President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday Turkey did not want any escalation after it shot down a Russian fighter jet, saying it had acted simply to defend its own security and the "rights of our brothers" in Syria.  Full Article | Russian pilot picked up by Syrian army - envoy 

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Hasina's gains from hangings seen short-lived

The execution of two Bangladeshi opposition leaders for war crimes appears to have cowed rivals of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, but critics said her success comes at the cost of free discourse and the calm is likely to be short-lived.  Full Article 

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Indian women protest with #HappyToBleed

Scores of Indian women have taken to social media declaring themselves "Happy to Bleed," after the head of a famous Hindu temple said he would consider allowing women in if there was a machine to check that they were not menstruating. Nikita Azad said she launched the #HappyToBleed campaign to protest the remarks made by the head of Sabarimala temple in Kerala.  Full Article 

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Acid test as long format makes evening debut

Whether the catalyst for a full-scale revolution or a more gentle evolution, the inaugural day-night test between Australia and New Zealand should lead to irrevocable change for cricket's oldest and most hallowed format.  Full Article 

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Police release video of officer killing teen

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