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China, Japan more upbeat on ties but challenges remain

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BEIJING China and Japan both expressed a willingness to improve strained relations on Saturday after a rare meeting between their two foreign ministers in Beijing, though China said Japan should stop pushing the notion that China is a threat.

Hindu tailor in Bangladesh hacked to death in attack claimed by Islamic State

DHAKA Three assailants sped up to a Bangladeshi tailor's shop by motorcycle on Saturday, dragged out the Hindu owner and hacked him to death, police said, in an attack claimed by Islamic State.

World, South Asia 7:16pm IST

Vodafone picks BofA, Kotak, UBS, other banks for India IPO - sources

SINGAPORE/HONG KONG, British telecoms operator Vodafone has picked Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BofA), Kotak Investment Banking and UBS as joint global coordinators of its Indian unit's IPO, people familiar with the matter said, kicking off its long-awaited listing plan.

Tech, Business 11:03am IST

India announce West Indies tour to revive ties

NEW DELHI India will tour West Indies in July-August for a four-match test series which will mark the resumption of bilateral ties between them, the cricket boards announced on Saturday.

7:29pm IST

Australia aims to boost international education as mining boom fades

MELBOURNE The Australian government outlined a plan on Saturday to boost the appeal of its universities and education institutions to foreign students, as the country looks to rebalance its economy with the fading of a decade-long mining boom.

Economy 6:38pm IST

Russia defends intercept of U.S. reconnaissance plane over Baltic

MOSCOW Russia said on Saturday it had sent a fighter plane on Friday to intercept a U.S. aircraft approaching its border over the Baltic Sea because the American plane had turned off its transponder, which is needed for identification.

Air strikes pound Syria's Aleppo, "calm" farther southwest

BEIRUT Nearly 30 air strikes hit rebel-held areas of Syria's northern city of Aleppo on Saturday, killing more people in a ninth straight day of bombardments by warring sides, and a temporary "calm" declared by Syrian military took hold around Damascus and in the northwest.

World, Syria 8:17pm IST

Afghan forces launch push against Taliban

KABUL Government forces have launched operations against the Taliban in 18 provinces of Afghanistan as fighting has intensified since the start of the insurgents' spring offensive this month, the ministry of defence said on Saturday.

World, South Asia 5:26pm IST

Turkish warplanes hit PKK targets in southeast Turkey, northern Iraq - sources

DIYARBAKIR The Turkish army carried out air strikes in rural parts of southeastern Turkey and northern Iraq, targeting logistics posts used by Kurdish militants, security sources said on Saturday.

World, Iraq 2:21pm IST

Kenya burns vast piles of elephant tusks as it seeks ban on trade

NAIROBI Kenya's president set fire to thousands of elephant tusks and rhino horns on Saturday, destroying a stockpile that would have been worth a fortune to smugglers and sending a message that trade in the animal parts must be stopped.

World 8:17pm IST

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Uber v Ola: How fight for Indian taxi market ended up in court

NEW DELHI A flurry of complaints from Uber drivers about an unusually high number of cancelled bookings was the spark that ignited a bitter legal fight with Ola, Uber's rival for dominance of India's $12 billion taxi market, according to court documents and a source with direct knowledge of Uber's case. | Video

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Rescuers search rubble of Nairobi building, at least 12 dead

NAIROBI Rescue workers raced on Saturday to save more residents from the rubble of a six-storey building in Nairobi after it collapsed overnight following heavy rain. At least 12 people were confirmed dead. | Video

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Movie Review: Baaghi

Sabbir Khan’s third film could have been easily called the Tiger Shroff showreel. Every second scene of "Baaghi" is a chance for Shroff to show off his rippling muscles and an incredibly flexible body that he manages to contort into all sorts of positions while fighting the bad guys.

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