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Cuba struggles to attract investors despite reforms

HAVANA, Aug 21 - Cuba has yet to attract new foreign investors despite launching two major initiatives in the past year, a sign of the lingering caution over doing business with the communist government and its own hesitancy to follow through on free-market-style reforms.

10:34pm IST

UPDATE 2-Indian monsoon to display lull as floods ease

* Floods to ease in cane, rice areas of North India (Writes throughout with details)

8:26pm IST

Don't let them eat cake - UK's John Lewis cuts loyalty perks

LONDON, Aug 21 - John Lewis, Britain's biggest department store chain, has dropped one of the key benefits of its loyalty card scheme - regular free tea, coffee and cake - less than a year after introducing the perk.

8:09pm IST

UPDATE 2-Canada producing less wheat, canola than expected

(Adds graphic, analyst's comment, details on yield, other crops)

7:58pm IST

Venezuela to create fingerprinting system to limit food smuggling

CARACAS, Aug 21 - Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the creation of a fingerprinting system in stores that sell food to limit smuggling of subsidized staple products to neighboring countries.

7:31pm IST
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India flags rosier economy, vows to tighten up on banks

NEW DELHI - Government officials painted an upbeat picture for the economy on Thursday as it struggles to emerge from the longest spell of sub-par growth in decades and promised to tighten up risk management at the country's dominant state banks.