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Exclusive: U.S. and India consider joint patrols in South China Sea - U.S. official

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NEW DELHI The United States and India have held talks about conducting joint naval patrols that a U.S. defence official said could include the disputed South China Sea, a move that would likely anger Beijing, which claims most of the waterway.

Pakistan await government go-ahead for World T20 in India

Pakistan are open to playing next month's World Twenty20 matches at a neutral venue if the government does not clear their tour of India over security concerns, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan has said.

3:14pm IST

Sensex ends 1 percent lower to close at May 2014 lows

Indian stocks fell more than 1 percent for a third consecutive session on Wednesday, pushing indexes to their lowest since May 2014 as state-run lenders were hit hard by a slew of earnings that showed a spike in bad loans and provisions for sour debt.

Business 4:05pm IST

Fighting kills at least 500 in Aleppo province since Syrian army offensive began - monitor

BEIRUT At least 500 people have been killed on all sides during fighting in Aleppo province since the start of a Syrian army and allied forces offensive began in early February, a war monitor said on Wednesday.

World 4:01pm IST

Trump, Sanders ride U.S. anti-establishment tide to New Hampshire win

MANCHESTER, N.H. Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders coasted to victory on a wave of voter anger in the New Hampshire presidential nominating contest, thrashing traditional U.S. politicians in a display of anti-establishment power. | Video

World, 12:26pm IST

Gold rises to near 7-1/2-month high on safe-haven demand

SINGAPORE Gold rose for an eighth session out of nine on Wednesday, climbing towards a 7-1/2-month high as investors sought the safe-haven asset amid tumbling stock markets and concerns about the global economy.

Business 3:10pm IST

North Korea executes army chief of staff - South Korean media

SEOUL North Korea has executed its army chief of staff, Ri Yong Gil, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported on Wednesday, which, if true, would be the latest in a series of executions, purges and disappearances under its young leader.

World, 3:20pm IST

Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, leukemia survivor, fights stomach cancer

TOKYO Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, an Academy Award nominee for his performance in the movie "The Last Samurai" and lauded in the recent Broadway revival of "The King and I," is fighting stomach cancer and will have to postpone plans to return to Broadway.

Japan 11:17am IST

Scant hope of Syria peace breakthrough as Russia pounds rebels

PARIS/UNITED NATIONS Major powers meeting in Germany on Thursday aim to revive Syria peace efforts, but with Russia backing a government push for a military victory, opposition delegates and Western officials see little hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.

World, Syria 4:11pm IST

Facebook's India stumble could embolden other regulators

SINGAPORE/MUMBAI India's decision to effectively ban Facebook's pared-back free Internet service is a major blow to the social network's plans, and may prompt other regulators to demand equal online access for their users.

Tech, Business, Facebook 2:20am IST

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Banks lead Europe shares higher, oil up before Yellen

LONDON European stocks rose on Wednesday, rallying after losses in Asia, as concerns about the health of banks that have hammered shares globally in recent days eased and oil prices recovered from Tuesday's steep falls.

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Oil prices rebound from sharp selloff; more volatility expected

SINGAPORE Crude oil prices pushed higher on Wednesday after Iran said it was open to cooperation with Saudi Arabia, partly recovering from an 8 percent fall in the previous session on concerns over demand and weak equities.

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China confirms first case of Zika virus - Xinhua

BEIJING/HONG KONG China has confirmed its first case of the Zika virus in a man who had recently travelled to South America, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

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North Korea satellite in stable orbit but not seen transmitting - U.S. sources

WASHINGTON North Korea's recently launched satellite has achieved stable orbit but is not believed to have transmitted data back to Earth, U.S. sources said of a launch that has so far failed to convince experts that Pyongyang has significantly advanced its rocket technology.

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Movie Review: Sanam Teri Kasam

"Sanam Teri Kasam" is Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru's second Bollywood film as directors and is the cinematic equivalent of pulling off a Band-Aid very, very, very slowly. Excruciating and never-ending.

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