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Teacher in violence-torn Kashmir starts makeshift schools

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SRINAGAR, India Wedding halls and prayer rooms have been turned into classrooms in Indian-administered Kashmir as families struggle to provide children with a normal life after more than 50 days of the Muslim-majority region's worst violence in years.

RBI says focused on bringing inflation down to 4 percent

MUMBAI The Reserve Bank of India said on Monday its focus remains on bringing down consumer inflation to 4 percent, while managing cash conditions and cleaning up the banking sector of soured assets would be its other priorities.

Business, Economy 5:51pm IST

India's growth pace likely slowed in April-June: Reuters Poll

BENGALURU India's economic growth likely lost some momentum in the April-June quarter on cutbacks in domestic and global demand, a Reuters poll showed.

Business, Economy 5:01pm IST

New RBI chief's policies to broadly echo Rajan's: Reuters poll

BENGALURU Indian monetary policy is likely to stay broadly unchanged when Urjit Patel takes over as Reserve Bank of India governor, according to a Reuters poll, but his approach to cleaning up public banks' bad debts could be less stringent.

Business, Economy 5:05pm IST

Maharashtra to give women slum dwellers joint ownership rights

MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Maharashtra will give women slum dwellers equal ownership rights with men, the first such move by the state where millions live in the very poor neighbourhoods.

5:45pm IST

Islamic State "connected" to Bangladesh, says Kerry, offering security aid

DHAKA The United States believes that elements of Islamic State are "connected" to operatives in Bangladesh, Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday, promising help with intelligence and law enforcement after a wave of militant attacks.

World, South Asia 5:19pm IST

Pakistan Supreme Court dismisses civilian appeals against military convictions

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's Supreme Court on Monday upheld verdicts and death sentences in the cases of 16 civilians convicted of terrorism-related offences by military courts, the first time the highest court has ruled on the legality of cases tried by the military.

World, South Asia 2:11pm IST

Upheaval, blockade push Nepal's trade deficit to new record

KATHMANDU Nepal's trade deficit grew to a record $6.5 billion in the financial year to mid-July, an increase of 2 percent, as political upheaval, a blockade of its border with India and the lack of industrial development all weighed on foreign trade.

Suicide bomber kills 54 in Yemen attack - health ministry

ADEN, Yemen A suicide bomber killed at least 54 people when he drove a car bomb into a militia compound in Aden on Monday, the health ministry said, in one of the deadliest attacks claimed by Islamic State in the southern Yemeni port city.

World 3:22pm IST

Options sought as Merkel's radio silence complicates path to soft Brexit landing

BERLIN Triggering the procedure for Britain to exit the European Union is like turning off the engines on an airplane, a top European diplomat says: best only do it if you can see a landing strip. Otherwise, all parties risk a messy outcome.

World 1:45pm IST

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Italy's vulnerable beauty lacks funds and attention against earthquakes

ROME The basilica of Saint Benedict in the medieval town of Norcia swayed but held up last week when a 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked mountainous central Italy.

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China's Xi reshuffles key party posts ahead of congress

BEIJING Chinese President Xi Jinping has reshuffled three top provincial-level Communist Party posts as he seeks to place his men in key positions ahead of a once-every-five-years congress next year, and more new appointments are likely soon.

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Trump to give speech on illegal immigration on Wednesday

WASHINGTON U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted on Sunday night that he would make a major speech on illegal immigration in Arizona on Wednesday. | Video

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