A woman buys vegetables at a market in Ahmedabad, India, May 12, 2015. REUTERS/Amit Dave/Files

Low inflation gives India window to cut rates

A sharp fall in inflation has provided India with a window to cut interest rates for a third time this year, as the central bank prepares for a policy review on June 2. Wait any longer, and the start of monsoon rains and potential U.S. rate hikes could limit chances for the Reserve Bank of India to reduce the repo rate.  Full Article 

Sensex falls on earnings caution; Tata Motors down 12:58pm IST

MUMBAI - Indian shares fell for a second consecutive session on Tuesday, as caution ahead of major company earnings such as Tata Motors Ltd and uncertainty about Greece's fiscal woes prompted investors to trim positions.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves towards his supporters during a rally in Mathura, India, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

One year on, PM Modi courts India's poor

Prime Minister Narendra Modi told his thousands of supporters on Monday that his government was devoted to the poor, directly tackling criticism he has governed for the rich and failed farmers in his first year in office.  Read | Full coverage: One year of Modi 

Members of the Iraqi army and Shi'ite fighters launch a mortar toward Islamic State militants outskirt the city of Falluja, Iraq May 19, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer
Islamic State

IS faces battle in Ramadi, U.S. reassures Iraq

Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reassure Baghdad after a U.S. official's sharp criticism of Iraqi forces.  Full Article | Video 

Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)'s sailors form words that read 'THX GWA' on the deck of Japan's biggest warship Izumo, as it sails to send off USS George Washington, off Boso Peninsula, east of Tokyo, in this handout photo taken May 18, 2015 and released by the Maritime Staff Office of the Defense Ministry.  REUTERS/Maritime Staff Office of the Defense Ministry of Japan/Handout via Reuters

Japan to join U.S., Australia war games

Japan will join a U.S.-Australian military exercise for the first time in a sign of growing security links between the three countries as tensions fester over China's island building in the South China Sea.  Full Article 

Senior Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) adviser Aung Thaung speaks during an interview at the party's office in Naypyitaw May 14, 2015. REUTERS/Soe Zeya Tun
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Myanmar ruling party unfazed by Nov polls

Myanmar's ruling party is led by former members of a military junta, evolved from an organisation that democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi once compared to a Nazi militia. This dubious history doesn't seem to faze the Union Solidarity and Development Party, as it prepares for an historic election likely to be held in November.  Full Article 

Migrant domestic worker Suay Ing, 31, wipes a window of the clinic where she works in Bangkok, Thailand, May 25, 2015.REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha
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Migrant domestic workers rally to fight abuse

Asia is home to 41 percent of the estimated 53 million domestic workers worldwide, most of them women who enjoy few rights, work excessively long days and earn far below the minimum wage, rights groups say.  Read | Filipina maid photographs "modern slavery" in HK 

Venus Williams of the the U.S. plays a shot to compatriot Sloane Stephens during their women's singles match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, May 25, 2015. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

French Open: Venus suffers another early exit

Former world number one Venus Williams suffered another early French Open exit when she was beaten 7-6(5) 6-1 by fellow American Sloane Stephens in the first round on Monday.  Full Article 

U.S. blues legend B.B. King performs onstage during the 45th Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux July 2, 2011. REUTERS/Valentin Flauraud/Files
B.B. King

Homicide probe to be launched in King's death

Nevada officials said on Monday they would conduct a homicide investigation into the death of B.B. King who died this month at age 89, after two of his daughters leveled accusations that the blues great was murdered. The women also claimed in a video posted online that members of King's family were prevented from visiting him by his two associates during his final days.  Read | Pics - B.B. King: 1925 - 2015  

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    Untangling the web of India, China and Pakistan diplomacy

    India, Pakistan and China need to shed their historical legacies, and find ways of ending the paranoid tensions that underlie their global outlooks. Until this has been achieved, the CPEC, BCIM and any other regional economic framework will be undermined and no long-term stability will be found in the heart of South Asia.  Full Article 

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    How India can support its start-ups

    There is no reason why India cannot be the innovation capital of the world, home to the next Google or Amazon. However, the government needs to ensure ideas are given the opportunity to grow into a business. Creating tax reforms, bringing in venture capital, and creating simple policies for new businesses is the way to spark this transformation.  Full Article 

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    Surgery so simple a gardener can do it – but he probably shouldn’t

    A number of readily teachable surgical procedures can stem much of the rising tide of human suffering. We associate surgery with space-age operating rooms filled with fancy equipment. A handful of conditions require that. But many do not. Non-surgeons trained to do simple procedures can alleviate up to three-quarters of the surgical need in underserved regions.  Read 

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