Divers comb capsized China ship, Premier Li orders transparent probe

JIANLI, China, June 3 - More than 200 divers combed a capsized Chinese ship in the Yangtze River on Wednesday looking for more than 400 missing people, many of them elderly Chinese tourists, as Premier Li Keqiang called for a transparent investigation.

5:48am IST

Logging companies plundering Congo's rainforest -report

KINSHASA, June 3 - Democratic Republic of Congo's biggest logging companies are systematically violating national laws to plunder Congo's forests, undermining efforts to protect the world's second largest rainforest, a campaign group said on Wednesday.

5:30am IST

REFILE-UPDATE 1-South Korea reports 5 more cases of MERS illness

SEOUL, June 3 - South Korea confirmed five more cases of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus, the health ministry said early on Wednesday, bringing to 30 the total number of cases in the country of the often-deadly illness.

5:17am IST

UPDATE 1-Environmentalists sue over Shell plan to drill in Arctic

SAN FRANCISCO, June 2 - Several environmental groups sued the United States on Tuesday to derail Royal Dutch Shell PLC's plan to drill in the Arctic Ocean as soon as July.

4:15am IST

U.S. Air Force opens bidding for new rockets, eyes quick turnaround

WASHINGTON, June 2 - The U.S. Air Force on Tuesday formally kicked off a competition for development of new prototype rocket propulsion systems, and address the "urgent need" to end U.S. reliance on Russian engines to launch military and intelligence satellites.

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Modi's income insurance idea may not win over angry farmers

NEW DELHI - Prime Minister Narendra Modi plans to provide millions of farmers with income insurance linked to crop prices, officials say, but it may not do much to ease rural distress, with small farmers standing to benefit little and likely to be put off by bureaucracy.