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PM Modi urges U.S. to keep an open mind on visas for skilled workers

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NEW DELHI Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the United States on Tuesday to keep an open mind on admitting skilled Indian workers, in comments that pushed back against Republican President Donald Trump's "America First" rhetoric on jobs.

Reliance Jio racks up 100 million subscribers but ends freebies

MUMBAI Reliance Industries' Jio telecoms unit will charge for its services from April, ending an almost seven month spree of free calls and data that shook up India's telecoms sector and helped the new arrival rack up more than 100 million users.

Tech, Budget 2017, Business 7:36pm IST

India must urgently resolve bad debt at lenders - RBI deputy governor

MUMBAI Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Deputy Governor Viral Acharya said India needs to urgently address the large amounts of bad debt held by its lenders, outlining potential solutions including the creation of public or private agencies to buy the soured loans.

Budget 2017, Business 9:32pm IST

Tata Sons' new chairman to focus on shareholder returns, capital allocation

NEW DELHI Tata Sons, the holding company of the $100-billion Tata group, will focus on boosting shareholder returns and tightening capital allocation rules, newly-appointed chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran said in a statement on Tuesday.

Budget 2017, Business, 4:44pm IST

Suicide bombers in Pakistan kill five in attack on court

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Suicide bombers attacked a court complex in Pakistan on Tuesday, killing five people and wounding 20, police officials said, the latest incident in a new surge of Islamist violence.

South Asia, World 3:16pm IST

Ski resort razed by the Taliban lifts Pakistan's domestic tourism

MALAM JABBA, Pakistan Atop the piste of Malam Jabba in Pakistan's once dangerous Swat Valley skiers schuss downhill, a new Chinese-built chairlift ferries tourists to the peak, and a luxury hotel is under construction to replace one torched by the Taliban. | Video

South Asia, World 3:52pm IST

ASEAN unsettled by China weapon systems, tension in South China Sea

BORACAY, Philippines Southeast Asian countries see China's installation of weapons systems in the South China Sea as "very unsettling" and have urged dialogue to stop an escalation of "recent developments", the Philippines said on Tuesday.

World, 4:34pm IST

France's Le Pen cancels meet with Lebanon grand mufti over headscarf

BEIRUT French far-right National Front presidential candidate Marine Le Pen canceled a meeting on Tuesday with Lebanon's grand mufti, its top cleric for Sunni Muslims, after refusing to wear a headscarf for the encounter.

World, 6:01pm IST

Dead migrants wash up on Libyan beach from boat with no engine

TUNIS The bodies of at least 74 migrants have been found washed up on the shore in western Libya after the engine of their inflatable boat was stolen, coastguard and aid officials said on Tuesday.

World, Libya 7:58pm IST

Verizon, Yahoo agree to lowered $4.48 billion deal

Verizon Communications Inc said on Tuesday it would buy Yahoo Inc's core business for $4.48 billion, lowering its original offer by $350 million in the wake of two massive cyber attacks at the internet company.

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Sensex, Nifty end higher; Axis Bank up on takeover talk

Indian shares closed at their highest level since September as Axis Bank surged on a media report it would become the target of a takeover, although telecom firms fell after Reliance Jio Infocomm unveiled a sharply discounted tariff plan.

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Iraqi forces fighting Islamic State set to storm airport, clear way to western Mosul

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, BAGHDAD U.S.-backed Iraqi forces closing in on the Islamic State-held western half of Mosul prepared on Tuesday to storm the airport and a nearby military base on its southern outskirts to create a bridgehead for a thrust into the city. | Video

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Exclusive: CIA-backed aid for Syrian rebels frozen after Islamist attack - sources

BEIRUT/AMMAN/WASHINGTON CIA-coordinated military aid for rebels in northwest Syria has been frozen since they came under major Islamist attack last month, rebel sources said, raising doubts about foreign support key to their war against President Bashar al-Assad.

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Global stocks hit record highs, dollar rises on rate-hike view

NEW YORK Stock prices across the world climbed to record highs on Tuesday on news euro zone business activity accelerated to its swiftest pace in six years, while the dollar gained on the view the Federal Reserve might raise interest rates in March.

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Nithari serial murders: Documentary bats for one of the accused

Ten years ago, India witnessed one of the most horrific serial killings in recent times, where 19 children and young women were murdered in a suburb near the capital. The country was riveted for months after body parts were found buried in the backyard and drains around wealthy businessman Moninder Singh Pandher’s home, where he lived with his servant Surinder Koli.

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