Analysis: Deadly protests land a blow to Indian resources magnate Anil Agarwal's ambitions


NEW DELHI Indian billionaire Anil Agarwal often talks about his dream to turn his London-listed company Vedanta Resources into a global resources giant. He has already bought stakes in big mining companies, such as Anglo American Plc and says he plans to spend at least $1 billion on investments in Africa.

Madras High Court halts expansion of Vedanta's copper smelter after protest killings

THOOTHUKUDI/MUMBAI India One person died and others were wounded by gunfire in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday in fresh violence related to protesters' demands that a copper smelter be shut on environmental grounds. The day before at least ten people were killed by police during a mass demonstration against the plant.

Cricket: Karthik leads from front, Kolkata eliminate depleted Rajasthan

KOLKATA Skipper Dinesh Karthik's rearguard half-century and astute marshalling of his bowlers helped Kolkata Knight Riders eliminate inaugural winners Rajasthan Royals by 25 runs in a see-saw Indian Premier League (IPL) contest on Wednesday.

Insight: Indore child killer sentenced to death 23 days after arrest, raises fears over trial fairness

INDORE, India Naveen Gadke was arrested on April 20 and charged with the rape and murder of a baby girl in Indore.

India to take 'long-term' view on surging fuel prices

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI India will take a long-term view on the retail pricing of petrol and diesel to shield consumers from volatility in global markets, the government said on Wednesday, suggesting it could change the way pump prices are calculated.

Exclusive - Yulia Skripal: Attempted assassination turned my world upside down

LONDON Yulia Skripal survived an assassination attempt that UK authorities blame on Russia. But the daughter of one of Russia's most famous spies says she wants to return to her country "in the longer term", despite the poisoning. | Video

Pakistan's ex-PM Sharif says intelligence chief asked him to resign

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday accused a former intelligence chief of asking him to resign during opposition protests in 2014, comments likely to further fray tense civil-military relations ahead of general elections.

Malaysia's Mahathir widens graft crackdown, seeks to cut national debt

KUALA LUMPUR Ninety-two-year-old Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad held his first cabinet meeting on Wednesday as officials widen a probe into corruption linked to the previous government with raids on sites linked to the head of a Muslim pilgrimage fund.

Cyber researchers, Ukraine warn of possible Russian attack

TORONTO/KIEV Hackers have infected at least 500,000 routers and storage devices in dozens of countries, some of the world's biggest cyber security firms warned on Wednesday, in a campaign that Ukraine said was preparation for a future Russian cyber attack. | Video

Turkmenistan says close to securing TAPI pipeline financing

AVAZA, Turkmenistan Turkmenistan plans to secure within a few months all the necessary funding to complete the construction of an $8 billion natural gas pipeline to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, the project's chief executive said on Wednesday.