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Obama, Modi work to deepen improving U.S.-India ties


WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed on Tuesday to deepen U.S.-Indian cooperation on maritime security to ensure freedom of navigation in what amounts to a response to China's naval muscle-flexing in Asia.

Interview - Pentagon upbeat on U.S.-India bid to deepen defense ties

WASHINGTON - A top Pentagon official said on Tuesday he had "high expectations" for a joint U.S.-Indian effort to deepen defense ties, but it could take a while to reach agreement on specific weapons to develop or produce together.

2:39am IST

India's 2014 monsoon ends with double-digit rain deficit

NEW DELHI - India's worst monsoon season in five years ended on Tuesday and despite a large rainfall deficit, a delayed finish is expected to improve soil moisture and sowing prospects for winter crops.

Business 30 Sep 2014

Taliban bombs hit Afghan army vehicles, killing at least seven

KABUL - Two Taliban suicide bombers attacked an army bus and another army vehicle in the Afghan capital on Wednesday, killing at least seven people and wounding more than 15, the government said, a day after Afghanistan and the United States signed a long-delayed security agreement.

World, South Asia, 10:10am IST

Kurds seize Iraq/Syria border post; Sunni tribe joins fight against Islamic State

ARBIL, Iraq/MURSITPINAR, Turkey - Iraqi Kurdish troops drove Islamic State fighters from a strategic border crossing with Syria on Tuesday and won the support of members of a major Sunni tribe, in one of the biggest successes since U.S. forces began bombing the Islamists.

World, Syria, Iraq 6:06am IST

U.S. signs pact to keep troops in Afghanistan past 2014

KABUL - Officials from Afghanistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a long-delayed security agreement to allow American troops to stay in the country after the end of the year, filling a campaign promise by new President Ashraf Ghani.

World, South Asia 30 Sep 2014

Hong Kong protests approach potential National Day flashpoint

HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters thronged the streets of Hong Kong early on Wednesday, ratcheting up pressure on the pro-Beijing government that has called the action illegal, with both sides marking uneasy National Day celebrations.

World 10:03am IST

Thousands of children orphaned, rejected as Ebola wrecks families

DAKAR/GENEVA - Two days after his mother died of Ebola at a clinic in the Liberian capital Monrovia last month, four-year-old John was put into foster care so he could be monitored for the disease.

World 30 Sep 2014

Doping takes spotlight from teenage champs at Asian Games

INCHEON South Korea - The ugly spectre of drugs in sport took centre stage at the Asian Games on Tuesday when two athletes, including a gold medal winner, were kicked out of the region's biggest multi-sports competition for doping offences.

30 Sep 2014

Hardline Buddhists in Myanmar, Sri Lanka strike anti-Islamist pact

COLOMBO - A Myanmar monk accused of inciting violence against Muslims and a hardline Buddhist group in Sri Lanka said on Tuesday they would work together to rally other Buddhist groups and defend their faith against militant Islamists.

World 30 Sep 2014

And Then One Day: Naseeruddin Shah on his memoirs and life

It's difficult to hold back your surprise when Naseeruddin Shah, one of India's foremost art house actors, says the film industry doesn't interest him greatly. He discussed his autobiography and his life in an interview with India Insight.

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