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Auto companies in India cut more jobs, halt production to tackle slowdown
With India's auto sales declining for the ninth straight month in July, more automotive manufacturers are laying off workers and temporarily halting production to keep costs in check, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters.
Indians pawning the family gold amid credit crunch
Refused a loan by a state-run lender and desperate for funds to buy cotton seeds before the summer sowing season window closed, Indian farmer Babasaheb Mandlik ran out of choices - he pawned his wife's gold jewellery.
Indonesia arrests 34, blocks internet in Papua to curb protests
Indonesia has arrested 34 people and cut internet access in its easternmost region of Papua to rein in violence after protesters torched buildings, a market and a prison over mistreatment of students and perceived ethnic discrimination.
Setting stern tone, France's Macron to spar with Britain's Johnson on Brexit
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will on Thursday try to convince France to reopen Brexit negotiations less than a day after President Emmanuel Macron bluntly ruled out any further talks on the divorce deal.
Iran displays domestically built mobile missile defence system
Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defence system on Thursday,
Dutee Chand confident of making Olympic cut
Dutee Chand, India's first openly gay sports star, has fought many battles off the track in recent years but for the next 12 months the sprinter is hoping to focus entirely on her running as she builds towards the Tokyo Olympics.
Thyssenkrupp files complaint over Brussels' veto on Tata JV
Thyssenkrupp on Thursday said it was filing a complaint with a European court to dispute an antitrust decision that blocks a planned joint venture with Tata Steel.
'All the forces': China's global social media push over Hong Kong protests
Wang Ying has for the last four years identified herself as a diehard fan of Chinese boy band star Lay Zhang. Recently, the 17-year-old also started describing herself as a patriot who supports China's stance on Hong Kong.
P. Chidambaram arrested in corruption case
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested former finance minister P. Chidambaram late on Wednesday in relation to alleged corruption and money laundering, a day after the Delhi High Court rejected his application to seek exemption from arrest.
Cricket: Play Rohit Sharma as test opener, Sourav Ganguly tells India
India must get limited-overs opener Rohit Sharma to serve the role in test cricket too, former captain Sourav Ganguly has said as the team ponder on their combination for Thursday's first test against West Indies in Antigua.
South Korea says U.S., North Korea will restart dialogue 'soon'
The United States and North Korea are expected to reopen denuclearisation talks soon and they will go well, a senior South Korean official said on Thursday, boosting hopes for progress in negotiations after a prolonged stalemate.
Frontline protesters make case for violence in Hong Kong protests
Pun sees himself as a peaceful, middle-class Hong Kong student. Yet since the beginning of June, he has been building barricades and throwing bricks at police, risking his own liberty to fight, as he sees it, for the city's freedoms.
Trump imposes rule allowing U.S. to detain migrant families indefinitely
The Trump administration on Wednesday unveiled a rule that allows officials to detain migrant families indefinitely while judges consider whether to grant them asylum in the United States, abolishing a previous 20-day limit.
Hong Kong protesters clash with police, angry at lack of prosecutions after subway mob attack
Thousands of Hong Kong residents held a sometimes scrappy anti-government protest on Wednesday at a suburban subway station that was attacked by a mob last month, angry that nobody has yet been prosecuted for the violence.
Trump says he is seriously looking at ending birthright citizenship
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of noncitizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.
After Germany hints at compromise, France tells UK: no new Brexit deal
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday challenged Britain to come up with alternatives to the Irish border backstop within 30 days, but French President Emmanuel Macron cautioned there would be no renegotiation of the Brexit deal.
India needs to reduce ecommerce restrictions to revive economy: Amazon executive
India needs to encourage ecommerce and reduce red tape to help small businesses sell online and export goods to help revive sagging domestic economic growth, a senior Amazon.com executive said on Wednesday.
Italy's PD opens door to possible 5-Star government, sets conditions
Italy's main opposition party said on Wednesday it was ready to hold talks with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement over forming a government following the collapse of the previous, populist coalition.
Stena Impero owner met Iran's Zarif to urge release of UK-flagged ship
The owner of a British-flagged tanker detained in Iran has met the country's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to make the case for the ship and its crew to be released.
Monsoon rains above average for fourth straight week
Monsoon rains in India in the week through Wednesday were above average for a fourth straight week, the weather office said, with floods hitting many districts in the northern parts of the country.