By Kareem Raheem BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 43 people were killed in car bomb explosions targeting Shi'ite Muslims in the Iraqi capital and the southern oil hub of Basra on Monday, police and medics said. The attacks brought the number of people killed in sectarian violence in the past week to almost 200. Tensions between Shi'ites, who now lead Iraq, and minority Sunni Muslims have reached their highest level since U.S. troops pulled out in December 2011. No group claimed responsibility for the bombings. ...
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A court in Pakistan Monday granted bail to Pervez Musharraf in the 2007 assassination case of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, but the former president will More »
- China offers India a "handshake across the Himalayas" Reuters
By Frank Jack Daniel and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and China will study new ways to ease tensions along their ill-defined border, Chinese More »
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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has told civil servants not to wear socks as the country turns off air-conditioners amid a chronic power crisis and soaring temperatures. The government has turned off all air-conditioning in its offices as the country endures blackouts of up to 20 hours a day in some places. "There shall be no more use of air-conditioners in public offices till such time that substantial improvement in the energy situation takes place," a cabinet directive said. As part of a new dress code, moccasins or sandals must be worn without socks. ...
- Goldman exits China's ICBC, seven years and billions later Reuters
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- RBI says foreign investors may buy inflation-linked bonds Reuters
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Foreign investors will be able to buy inflation-linked bonds within the existing total investment limits of up to $25 billion for government debt, a senior official from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said on Monday. Inflation-linked bonds will be issued separately from the scheduled auction of government bonds, which are conducted weekly. The central bank had previously said it plans to sell inflation-indexed bonds on a monthly basis. Inflation bonds will also be eligible for short-selling and repo transactions, the official said in a teleconference. ...
- China offers India a "handshake across the Himalayas" Reuters
By Frank Jack Daniel and Rajesh Kumar Singh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India and China will study new ways to ease tensions along their ill-defined border, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Monday in his first foreign trip since taking office, which comes just weeks after a military stand-off between the Asian giants in the Himalayas. The number two in the Chinese leadership offered New Delhi a "handshake across the Himalayas" and said the world's most populous nations could become a new engine for the global economy if they could avoid such irritants. ...
- Pervez Musharraf granted bail Reuters
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani court on Monday granted bail to former army chief and president Pervez Musharraf who has been under house arrest on charges of failing to provide adequate security for former prime minister Benazir Bhutto before her 2007 assassination. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup, returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years of self-imposed exile to contest a May 11 general election, but he was disqualified from standing because of pending court cases. ...
- Gold jewellers face shortage of stocks, premiums still high Reuters
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Jewellers in India faced shortage of the yellow metal ahead of the key wedding season, keeping premiums supported at higher levels, despite meeting part of the demand through left over consignment stocks from banks. On May 13, the Reserve Bank of India restricted gold imports by banks on a consignment basis, except to meet genuine demand from jewellery exporters. "We have some left over consignment stocks ... So for the time being we are catering to jewellers," said an official with a foreign bank importing bullion. ...
- Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off Chile - USGS Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was 400 miles (640 km) west of Puerto Aisen at a depth of 6.2 miles, USGS said. (Reporting by Janet Lawrence;Editing by Angus MacSwan)
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- India, China vow to resolve border row, boost ties IANS
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) India and China scripted a new chapter in their ties Monday as Premier Li Keqiang and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh candidly discussed their recent border row and decided to take steps for an early resolution of a dispute that triggered a war in 1962.
- Sami Labs eyes Indian market to boost sales IANS
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- Indian university lecturer arrested in UAE IANS
Dubai, May 20 (IANS) An Indian university lecturer who had come to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on a short visit has been arrested by police here for blogging against a Dubai-based university.
- Ahead of strategic dialogue, US official goes to India IANS
Washington, May 20 (IANS) Ahead of US Secretary State John Kerry's June visit for the India-United States Strategic Dialogue, a senior American diplomat is travelling to New Delhi this week to exchange notes on the preparations.
- Air passenger traffic down 0.27 percent in April IANS
New Delhi, May 20 (IANS) Domestic air passenger traffic decreased 0.27 percent in April and stood at 50.77 lakh from 50.91 lakh during the corresponding month of last year, the civil aviation ministry said Monday.
- Mount Everest ice cores to help study climate change IANS
Beijing, May 20 (IANS) Scientists from China have obtained three ice cores from Mount Everest with the aim to understand more about climate change, an expedition leader said Monday.
- Sensex closes 0.30 percent down; healthcare, bank stocks plummet IANS
Mumbai, May 20 (IANS) A benchmark index of Indian equities markets closed Monday's trade down 0.30 percent as there was heavy selling in healthcare, bank, consumer durables, oil and gas and capital goods stocks.
- 22 killed in nine car bombings in Iraq IANS
Baghdad, May 20 (IANS) At least 22 people were killed and more than 130 others injured in a string of nine car bombings Monday in the Iraqi capital and in the southern oil hub of Basra, police said.
- IPL Scam: No pressure on us, say Delhi Police IANS
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