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India-Pakistan friction threatens South Asia trade at SAARC summit

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KATHMANDU - Hostilities between rivals India and Pakistan on Wednesday threatened to scupper efforts by South Asian leaders to boost trade among almost a quarter of the world's people, throwing into doubt any prospect of a regional customs union.

Sterilisation targets remain in all but name, critics say

BARUAN, Odisha - India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilisation programme in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently.

3:39am IST

India's laggard state lenders face tough sell on capital raising plan

MUMBAI - India's state-run banks face major obstacles in their plans to raise as much as $60 billion in new capital over the next few years, with investors sceptical about the prospects for most of them and workers wary of the government's grip loosening.

Top News, 2:46am IST

Pakistan TV mogul gets 26 years' jail for blasphemy

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's largest media group said on Wednesday it will appeal against a 26-year jail term for its owner for blasphemy, the latest twist in a long-running feud between the station and the military.

Top News, World, South Asia 2:28pm IST

National Guard, police curb Ferguson unrest as protests swell across U.S.

FERGUSON, Mo. - Some 2,000 National Guard troops helped ward off a second night of rampant arson and looting in suburban St. Louis after a grand jury declined to indict a white policeman in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, and sympathy protests spread to several U.S. cities. | Video

Top News, World 6:50pm IST

India orders culling after bird flu outbreaks in Kerala

PARIS - India has found two outbreaks of a highly contagious bird flu virus in Kerala, prompting the authorities to cull more than 200,000 birds, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) said on Tuesday.

12:20am IST

Magnitude 7.0 quake hits off Indonesia, no tsunami warning

REUTERS - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.0 struck in the sea 150 km (90 miles) northwest of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia at 1433 GMT on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Top News, World 8:23pm IST

Australia's Hughes continues to fight for life

SYDNEY - Australia cricketer Phil Hughes was still fighting for his life on Wednesday as family and friends kept vigil at his hospital bedside.

5:25pm IST

India moves toward ban on loose cigarettes to deter smoking

MUMBAI - India moved a step closer to banning the sale of unpackaged cigarettes, with a view to discourage smoking in a country where close to a million people each year die of tobacco-related diseases.

Top News, 25 Nov 2014

Exclusive - RBI under pressure to cut rates as growth slips

NEW DELHI - India's economic growth probably slowed to around 5 percent in the three months to September, slipping from 5.7 percent in the previous quarter, two senior finance ministry sources said, putting pressure on the central bank to cut interest rates.

Top News, Economy 25 Nov 2014
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