UPDATE 5-Arab summit agrees on unified military force for crises

* Arab summit call on Houthis to withdraw after gains in Yemen (Adds Egyptian foreign minister comments para 3)

6:17pm IST

Putin letter to Arab summit triggers strong Saudi attack

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, March 29 - Saudi Arabia accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of hypocrisy on Sunday, telling an Arab summit that he should not express support for the Middle East while fuelling instability by supporting Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

6:00pm IST

In Texas oil town, early signs of economic strain as drilling slows

NEW YORK, March 29 - Sales tax receipts in the thriving oil town of Midland, Texas, fell this month, only the second decline in five years and one of the first signs of how low oil prices are beginning to ripple beyond oil company bottom lines and into the wider economy.

4:30pm IST

Nigeria vote runs into second day after glitches, killings

ABUJA, March 29 - Voting in Nigeria's tensest election since the end of military rule in 1999 spilled into a second day on Sunday after technical glitches hit voter ID machines and Islamist Boko Haram militants killed more than a dozen people in drive-by shootings.

2:40pm IST

UPDATE 2-ChemChina chairman says hopes to re-list Pirelli in Italy

* Says deal is "revolutionary" for ChemChina rubber, tyre ops

2:04pm IST
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Insight - Modi's popularity in rural India punctured by discontent, suicides

VAIDI, India - Over a dozen debt-laden farmers have committed suicide in recent weeks in India, and discontent in many rural areas against government policies is turning into anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi less than a year after he swept into office.