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Uber scraps commissions for its New Delhi taxis

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NEW DELHI - Uber, the U.S.-based online taxi-hailing company, will not take any commission from its drivers in New Delhi until uncertainty over how it can operate in the country's capital city is cleared up, it said on Tuesday.

In parting shot, Obama prods India on religious freedom

NEW DELHI - U.S. President Barack Obama weighed in on one of India's most sensitive topics as he wound up a visit on Tuesday, making a plea for freedom of religion to be upheld in a country with a history of strife between Hindus and minorities.

Business, 27 Jan 2015

From Oscars to Sundance, Sharma and Revolori discuss India's 'Umrika'

PARK CITY, Utah - In the midst of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, actors Suraj Sharma and Tony Revolori found themselves comparing notes on Hollywood's awards season, both having made their breakout in films that stormed into the Oscars race.

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New video of Islamic State captives "despicable", says Japan PM

TOKYO - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday termed as "despicable" a new video appearing to show Islamic State captive Kenji Goto saying he had 24 hours to live unless Jordan released a would-be suicide bomber.

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Spying program leaked by Snowden is tied to campaign in many countries

SAN FRANCISCO - A program used by U.S. and British spies to record computer keystrokes was part of sophisticated hacking operations in more than a dozen countries, security experts said on Tuesday, after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden reportedly leaked the source code for the program.

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Keys overcomes injury, Venus to make Melbourne semis

MELBOURNE - Madison Keys overcame a leg injury to secure a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory over Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Wednesday to reach her first grand slam semi-final.

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Too soon to say 'mission accomplished' in Kobani - U.S. official

WASHINGTON - Kurdish fighters' expulsion of Islamic State forces from the Syrian town of Kobani helped stop the momentum of the Islamist group but is not a significant turning point in the overall campaign, a senior State Department official said on Tuesday.

World, Syria 5:04am IST

Wawrinka carves up Nishikori to reach semi-finals

MELBOURNE - Defending champion Stan Wawrinka avenged his U.S. Open quarter-final defeat to Kei Nishikori in style with an emphatic 6-3 6-4 7-6(6) to charge into the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Wednesday.

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Blizzard hits Boston and New England, spares New York despite forecasts

BOSTON/NEW YORK - A powerful blizzard struck Boston and surrounding New England on Tuesday, leaving some 4.5 million people grappling with as much as three feet of snow and coastal flooding but sparing New York City residents who had braced for a significant blast.

World 9:43am IST

Japan says working closely with Jordan for release of captives held by Islamic State

TOKYO - Japan is working closely with Jordan for the early release of captives held by Islamic State, including Japanese journalist Kenji Goto, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Wednesday after a video appeared to show Goto saying he could be killed in 24 hours.

World, Japan 6:11am IST
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India’s lone male tenor wants to ‘Indianise’ opera

Born in Bihar to Bengali parents and now living in London, Anando Mukerjee studied at Cambridge University but quit academics for opera after getting a degree in molecular biology. At 23, he started getting singing lessons from vocal coaches including Nicolai Gedda, and went professional in 2006.

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