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Last U.S. Marines, British combat forces end Afghan operations, prepare withdrawal


CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The last U.S. Marines unit and final British combat troops in Afghanistan officially ended their operations on Sunday as they packed up to leave the country and transferred a massive military base to the Afghan military.

Modi takes tea, but no questions, in first press event as PM

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi took tea, but no questions, on Saturday at his first staged meeting with the press since coming to power five months ago, underscoring the delicate relationship he has with the fourth estate.

25 Oct 2014

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours interest rate cut - paper

NEW DELHI - Finance Minister Arun Jaitley favours a cut in interest rates to trigger demand in the construction sector, a newspaper report said on Saturday, but the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has signalled it will not ease policy until it is confident of lower inflation.

Business, Economy 25 Oct 2014

Google's Pichai to oversee major products and services

SAN FRANCISCO - Google Inc Chief Executive Officer Larry Page has put Sundar Pichai, one of his key lieutenants, in charge of the Internet company's products.

Tech, 25 Oct 2014

India picks Israel's Spike anti-tank missile over U.S. Javelin - source

NEW DELHI - India has opted to buy Israel's Spike anti-tank guided missile, a defence ministry source said on Saturday, rejecting a rival U.S. offer of Javelin missiles that Washington had lobbied hard to win.

World, Israel 25 Oct 2014

Reuters Poll - India's growth pace to pick up as reforms draw investment

BANGALORE - India's economy will likely grow at its fastest pace in two years in the current fiscal year as Prime Minister Narendra Modi implements reforms to attract investment, a Reuters poll of economists showed on Friday.

Business, Economy 24 Oct 2014

Pires gets two-match ISL ban for tunnel altercation

MUMBAI - Former France midfielder Robert Pires has been slapped with a two-match ban and a hefty fine for a halftime altercation with an opposition coach in the Indian Super League (ISL), organisers said on Saturday.

25 Oct 2014

No joy for Suarez as Real beat Barca in 'Clasico'

MADRID - Real Madrid trimmed Barcelona's lead at the top of La Liga to one point when they recovered from letting in an early goal to secure a stirring 3-1 comeback win in the 'Clasico' on Saturday.

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Gold sales jump about 20 pct for Diwali - trade body

SINGAPORE - Gold sales in India during the festivals of Diwali and Dhanteras celebrated this week rose by about a fifth, a senior official at the country's biggest gold trade group said on Friday.

Business 24 Oct 2014

Williams and Halep advance to final

SINGAPORE - Serena Williams, her insatiable will to win as strong as ever, regained her composure after smashing her racquet and being on the brink of defeat to beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6) on Saturday and reach the title match at the WTA Finals.

25 Oct 2014

Movie Review: Happy New Year

If there is one person who loves Shah Rukh Khan more than Shah Rukh Khan, it has to be Farah Khan. Right from her first film, the director has been enamoured with the Bollywood star – at least on screen. It isn’t a surprise that the biggest dud in her career was a film that didn’t include the actor (Tees Maar Khan).

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