Muslim 'triple talaq' divorce law 'unconstitutional', rules Supreme Court


NEW DELHI The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled a controversial Muslim instant divorce law unconstitutional, a landmark victory for Muslim women who had long argued that it violated their right to equality.

Sensex edges up; trades dull on lack of triggers

Indian shares edged up in lacklustre trade on Tuesday, but markets remained range-bound as investors kept to the sidelines in the absence of clear triggers.

Trump reverses course, commits U.S. to open-ended Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON President Donald Trump has committed the United States to an open-ended conflict in Afghanistan, reversing course from his campaign pledges and signaling he will send troops to America's longest war in "a fight to win." | Video

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India amid dispute with local partner

NEW DELHI Fast food chain McDonald's said on Monday it planned to shut all 169 of its restaurants in India's northern and eastern regions, escalating a dispute with its local partner and potentially putting thousands of workers out of jobs.

Spanish police track down, shoot dead Barcelona attacker

SUBIRATS, Spain Spanish police on Monday shot dead an Islamist militant who killed 13 people with a van in Barcelona last week, ending a five-day manhunt for the perpetrator of Spain's deadliest attack in over a decade. | Video

Bruising debate brings a reluctant Trump around on Afghanistan war

WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump came around to the decision to allow for more troops to be sent to Afghanistan only after a prolonged internal debate in which he frequently tangled with his top national security advisers.

Rocket strikes downtown Kabul

KABUL A rocket struck the heart of Kabul's government and diplomatic area on Monday night, setting off alarms and sirens at foreign embassies, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Essar to pay $1.18/share to minority shareholders - statement

NEW DELHI Essar Group will pay 75.48 rupees ($1.18) apiece to the minority shareholders who tendered Essar Oil shares under a delisting offer ahead of the company's sale to a consortium led by Russian oil major Rosneft, the company said.

Rare total solar eclipse spreads wonder across United States

CHARLESTON, S.C./SHERIDAN, Oregon As millions of awestruck Americans cast their gaze skyward on Monday at the extraordinary sight of a total solar eclipse, one Connecticut man had his eyes set firmly on a different prize. | Video

Despite expected U.S. troop hike, no end in sight to Afghan war

WASHINGTON While President Donald Trump opened the door on Monday to beefing up U.S. forces in Afghanistan, he provided few details on how sending more troops will hasten a conclusion to America’s longest war.


Ford, China's Zotye Auto plan JV to build electric vehicles

SHANGHAI Ford Motor is exploring setting up a joint venture with Chinese firm Anhui Zotye Automobile Co to build electric passenger vehicles in China under a new brand, tapping into a boom for such vehicles in the world's top auto market.