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India says to defend China border after standoff ahead of Xi visit

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NEW DELHI - India said on Tuesday it would firmly defend its 3,500-km-long border with China after domestic media reported a new face-off on the disputed frontier, just days ahead of a visit by President Xi Jinping.

India to decide on diesel deregulation after state polls - oil ministry source

NEW DELHI - India will decide on whether to end government control of diesel pricing after elections in two states next month, an oil ministry source said.

Business, 1:31pm IST

U.S. pledges 3,000 troops to fight Ebola; experts say more needed

MONROVIA/GENEVA - The United States has pledged to send 3,000 troops West Africa, using its military muscle to battle the biggest ever outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus, with an unprecedented mission to build treatment clinics and train health workers.

World, 10:02pm IST

Climate smart farmers get tech savvy to save India's bread basket

KARNAL (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Erratic weather, rising temperatures, declining water resources and labour shortages are threatening India's bread basket state of Haryana, forcing farmers to abandon age-old practices and adopt technology to ensure food supplies for millions.

South Asia, 6:07pm IST

India should be more proactive on Tibet - Dalai Lama aide on eve of China Xi visit

NEW DELHI - India should be more proactive when it comes to the issue of Tibetan autonomy, an aide to the Dalai Lama said, after the spiritual leader was asked to reschedule an event to avoid it clashing with Chinese leader Xi Jinping's visit to India.

World 8:12pm IST

World hunger easing but 1 in 9 people undernourished - food agencies

ROME - The number of hungry people in the world has fallen sharply over the past decade but 805 million, or one in nine of the global population, still do not have enough to eat, three U.N. food and agriculture agencies said on Tuesday.

World 9:29pm IST

China, Sri Lanka to launch FTA talks as Xi visits

COLOMBO - Chinese President Xi Jinping began a visit to Sri Lanka on Tuesday agreeing to open bilateral negotiations for a free trade pact as Beijing tightened its embrace of the island nation along a vital shipping route.

South Asia 10:27pm IST

Relief for Indian boxers as AIBA recognise new federation

MUMBAI - The governing body of amateur boxing (AIBA) has given recognition to a newly-elected national federation in India, paving the way for fighters to compete under their national flag at the Asian Games which starts this week.

5:11pm IST

Ahead of independence vote, Britain pledges state funding to Scotland

EDINBURGH - Britain promised to guarantee Scotland high levels of state funding, granting Scots greater control over healthcare spending in a last-ditch attempt to shore up support for the United Kingdom before Thursday's vote on independence.

World 5:13pm IST

Russia says "cynical" U.S. policy pushing world toward new cold war

MOSCOW - Russia's Parliamentary Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said on Tuesday the "cynical and irresponsible" policy of the United States and its allies is pushing the world to the verge of a new cold war.

World 12:47pm IST

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