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Pakistan to challenge bail for Mumbai attack "mastermind"


ISLAMABAD - Pakistani prosecutors are to appeal against a court decision to grant bail to a man accused of plotting a 2008 militant assault in India's financial capital that killed 166 people and seriously strained ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Modi may order insurance, coal reforms if vote delayed - officials

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi may consider using an executive order to push through laws overhauling the insurance and coal sectors, if the increasingly fractious parliament fails to pass them soon, two government officials said on Friday.

Business 8:37pm IST

Exclusive - India looks to sway Americans with nuclear power insurance plan

NEW DELHI - India is offering to set up an insurance pool to indemnify global nuclear suppliers against liability in the case of a nuclear accident, in a bid to unblock billions of dollars in trade held up by concerns over exposure to risk.

Business 7:52pm IST

India's 2014/15 GDP growth seen at around 5.5 percent

NEW DELHI - India's economy is expected to grow at around 5.5 percent in the fiscal year to March 2015, the finance ministry said in a report tabled in parliament on Friday.

Business, 11:19am IST

Pakistan's most hated man - volleyball player, child killer

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan - The most hated man in Pakistan is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed "Slim".

World, South Asia 7:49pm IST

Tata, Singapore Air venture Vistara to take off on Jan 9

REUTERS - Singapore Airlines Ltd's Indian joint venture with the Tata conglomerate, Vistara, will start flying from Jan. 9, the airlines said.

Business, 10:06am IST

Pakistani military says it kills 32 militants in ambush

PESHAWAR, Pakistan - The Pakistani army said it has killed 59 militants in clashes in the northwest, including 32 in an ambush in a remote valley near the Afghan border, in intensified fighting since this week's Taliban massacre of children at a school.

World, South Asia 5:40pm IST

Eight children killed in Australia in reported mass stabbing

SYDNEY - Eight children have been killed and a woman who was mother to seven of them was injured in the northern Australian city of Cairns, police said on Friday, in what several media outlets reported was a mass stabbing.

World 12:45pm IST

Smith, Johnson and tail give Australia edge in Brisbane test

REUTERS - Skipper Steve Smith scored a controlled 133, Mitchell Johnson a game-changing 88 and Australia's tail wagged vigorously as the hosts barged their way back into the second test against India on day three in Brisbane on Friday.

2:28pm IST

Despite billions in aid, U.S. unable to get Pakistan to confront militants

WASHINGTON - Since 2001 the United States has tried virtually every strategy available to persuade Pakistan's army to take the threat of militancy more seriously, but 12 years and $28 billion in aid later, all the American approaches are widely viewed as having failed.

South Asia, World 10:46pm IST

Movie Review: PK

Hirani’s trademark humour is sparse; and inspite of Anushka Sharma’s spirited portrayal of a reporter who helps PK, and Khan’s over-earnest performance as the protagonist, the film is a tedious watch.

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