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RBI says linking Aadhar number to bank accounts mandatory

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MUMBAI The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Saturday dismissed media reports that it was not necessary to link national identity card numbers, known as Aadhar numbers, to bank accounts.

Madrid to impose direct rule in Catalonia to quash independence bid

MADRID/BARCELONA The Spanish government will impose direct rule on Catalonia, firing the regional government and forcing a new election, it said on Saturday, unprecedented steps that brought thousands of pro-independence protesters onto to the streets. | Video

China says no excuses for foreign officials meeting Dalai Lama

BEIJING Foreign leaders can't think they can get away with meeting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama just because they are doing it in a personal capacity, as they still represent their government, a senior Chinese official said on Saturday.

Kohli hails India's new spin duo ahead of NZ ODI series

India captain Virat Kohli has praised new spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal and is tempted to play them together in India's one-day series opener against New Zealand in Mumbai on Sunday.

China says jobless rate lowest in years, but challenges persist

BEIJING China's unemployment rate has hit its lowest rate in multiple years at 3.95 percent by the end of September, but employment and social security still face challenges as the economy pushes ahead with structural reforms.

Trump expected to pressure China's Xi to rein in North Korea: officials

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to pressure China's president when they meet next month in Beijing to do more to rein in North Korea out of a belief that Xi Jinping's consolidation of power should give him more authority to do so.

Thousands rally for gay marriage before Australian postal vote closes

SYDNEY - Thousands of people rallied around Australia on Saturday urging the legalization of same-sex marriage, one week before final ballots can be submitted in a contentious postal survey on the issue that has divided the country.

India says ready for stronger U.S. ties after Tillerson endorsement

NEW DELHI India stood ready to further strengthen ties with the United States, the government said on Friday, after U.S. Secretary of State Tillerson vowed to dramatically expand cooperation as a way to counter China's influence in Asia.

Trump considers Fed's Powell, economist Taylor to lead central bank

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump is considering nominating Federal Reserve Governor Jerome Powell and Stanford University economist John Taylor for the central bank's top two jobs, in an apparent bid to reassure markets and appease conservatives hungry for change.

Huddersfield stun Manchester United

HUDDERSFIELD, England Manchester United suffered their first defeat of the season with a shock 2-1 loss at promoted Huddersfield Town on Saturday, leaving them trailing leaders Manchester City by five points.

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U.S. warns public about attacks on energy, industrial firms

The U.S government issued a rare public warning about hacking campaigns targeting energy and industrial firms, the latest evidence that cyber attacks present an increasing threat to the power industry and other public infrastructure.