Support for lower GST rate gaining traction in India

The idea of setting a relatively low rate for the proposed goods and services tax seemed to be gaining traction on Wednesday, as politicians of all stripes met to debate the country's biggest tax reform.

U.S. data points to moderate fourth-quarter growth 25 Nov 2015

WASHINGTON U.S. consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to moderate economic growth in the fourth quarter.

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#HappyToBleed campaign

Scores of Indian women have taken to social media declaring themselves "Happy to Bleed," after the head of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala said he would consider allowing women in if there was a machine to check that they were not menstruating.  Full Article 

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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. The gunmen cut a perimeter fence and penetrated the battalion headquarters in Tangdhar area in northern Kashmir.  Full Article 

India's captain Virat Kohli (R) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (C) unsuccessfully appeal for the wicket of South Africa's Imran Tahir during the first day of their third test cricket match in Nagpur, India, November 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Amit Dave

South Africa 11-2 after restricting India to 215

Off-spinner Simon Harmer took four wickets while paceman Morne Morkel bagged three as South Africa skittled India for 215 in the first innings on the opening day of the third test.  Full Article | Photos 

Damaged buildings are seen at the MSF hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan October 16, 2015. REUTERS/Stringer/Files

Afghan hospital strike was tragic accident: U.S.

A U.S. investigation found that the deadly Oct. 3 air strike in Afghanistan that destroyed a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres was a tragic and avoidable accident caused primarily by human error, a top U.S. military commander said on Wednesday.  Full Article 

A policeman walks past a sign of the Turkish embassy stained by protesters in reaction after a Russian war plane was shot down by Turkey, in Moscow, Russia November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Russia, Turkey refuse to back down in jet row

Russia sent an advanced missile system to Syria on Wednesday to protect its jets operating there and pledged its air force would keep flying missions near Turkish air space, sounding a defiant note after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet.  Full Article 

A man stands on dried up ground on West Common in Gerrard's Cross, southern England, July 26, 2006. REUTERS/Toby Melville/Files
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2015 to be hottest, 2016 could be even hotter

This year will be the hottest on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Nino weather pattern, the World Meteorological Organization said on Wednesday, warning inaction on climate change could see temperatures rise by 6 degrees Celsius or more.  Full Article 

Migrants stay in queue during heavy snowfall before passing Austrian-German border in Wegscheid in Austria, near Passau November 22, 2015. REUTERS/Michael Dalder
Migrant Crisis

EU sounds alarm as internal barriers rise

The European Union's chief executive warned on Wednesday that the survival of Europe's "partially comatose" open border travel zone and its single currency were both at risk if member nations continue erecting internal barriers to keep out refugees.  Full Article 

Israeli soldiers stand guard at the scene of what the Israeli army said was a suspected Palestinian stabbing attack, near the West Bank Al-Fawwar refugee camp, south of Hebron November 25, 2015. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma
Middle East

Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier, shot dead

A Palestinian stabbed and critically wounded an Israeli soldier on Wednesday and was shot dead by troops, the army and a hospital official said, a day after a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to explore how to end eight weeks of violence.  Full Article 

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