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Flash floods kill scores in Nepal, Assam

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KATHMANDU/GUWAHATI, India Flash floods and landslides have killed at least 68 people in Nepal in the past three days and another 15 are missing, local authorities said on Thursday.

Monsoon rains 4 percent below average in past week - IMD

NEW DELHI Monsoon rains in India were 4 percent below average in the week ended July 27, the India Meteorological Department said on Thursday.

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With eye on China, India doubles down on container hub ports

NEW DELHI Indian conglomerate Adani Group has started building the country's first transshipment port, conceived 25 years ago, and the government will construct another $4-billion facility nearby to create a shipping hub rivalling Chinese facilities in the region.

Business, 1:15pm IST

India seeks pulses from Myanmar, Africa to ease shortage, minister says

MUMBAI India is looking to import pulses from Myanmar and African nations to counter a domestic shortfall of 7.6 million tonnes that has driven local prices of key pulses like chickpea to a record high, Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said.

Business, 12:11pm IST

Lack of exercise costs world $67.5 billion and five million lives a year

LONDON A study of one million people has found that physical inactivity costs the global economy $67.5 billion a year in healthcare and productivity losses, but an hour a day of exercise could eliminate most of that.

World, 9:34am IST

Fosun to buy KKR-backed Indian drugmaker for up to $1.3 billion

HONG KONG/MUMBAI Shanghai Fosun Pharmaceutical Group Co Ltd has agreed to buy an 86 percent stake in Gland Pharma - backed by KKR & Co LP - for up to $1.3 billion, the largest acquisition of an Indian company from abroad this year.

Deals, Business 7:22pm IST

Turkey's armed forces face deep overhaul in wake of coup

ANKARA/ISTANBUL Turkey's top brass and political leaders were poised to launch a major overhaul of the armed forces on Thursday after a failed military coup that has shaken the nation of nearly 80 million people and alarmed its NATO allies.

World 7:34pm IST

Armed with party support, Clinton to make case for the White House

PHILADELPHIA Hillary Clinton makes her case for the White House on Thursday night, armed with a ringing endorsement from President Barack Obama and the crucial backing of the opponent she beat to become the Democratic Party candidate for November's election. | Video

World, 8:20pm IST

Islamic State's oil revenue dives as it loses Iraqi territory

BAGHDAD Islamic State, pushed off more than half the Iraqi territory it seized in 2014, has suffered a near collapse in revenue from oil smuggling, officials say, forcing it to cut fighters' pay, levy new taxes and raise fines for breaking its religious code.

World, Iraq 6:14pm IST

Home flight simulator in MH370 captain's home plotted Indian Ocean course - JACC

SYDNEY A home flight simulator owned by the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was used to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft is believed to have gone missing, the Australian agency in charge of the search said on Thursday.

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Wall Street falls on disappointing earnings, weak data

The S&P 500 and the Dow edged lower on Thursday following weak economic data and a set of disappointing earnings from companies, including Ford.

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Oil down 2 percent, hits 3-month lows on reported Cushing build

NEW YORK Oil prices fell nearly 2 percent on Thursday, hitting three-month lows, after a fresh stock build at the delivery hub for U.S. crude futures added to concerns that producers were pumping more than needed.

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Gold firms after Fed holds off signalling rate rise

LONDON Gold rose on Thursday after the Federal Reserve stopped short at this week's policy meeting of indicating that a further increase in U.S. interest rates is on the cards for later this year.

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Pottermania awakens as new play, book, film revive magical world

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK It's been five years since fans of "Harry Potter" tearfully said goodbye to the boy wizard they had grown up with, but a new play, book release and spin-off film are casting his spell all over again.

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Movie Review: Sultan

“Sultan” works because director Ali Abbas Zafar injects enough wry humour into the proceedings and eschews melodrama. Sultan and Aarfa’s romance is low-key and the interactions between them are the only time where Khan is forced to bring out his deeply-hidden and limited acting talents.

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