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9 mins ago

India, Bangladesh, China most at risk from river floods – study

OSLO (Reuters) - India, Bangladesh and China are most at risk from river floods, with an increasing number of people threatened because of climate change and economic growth in low-lying regions, a study said on Thursday. The U.S.-based World Resources Institute think-tank and four Dutch research groups estimated that some 21 million people worldwide were affected by river flooding in a typical year #Argentina #author #facebook #France #markets #Mexico #opinion #United States

10 mins ago

Carrefour lifts capital spend to cement turnaround

PARIS (Reuters) - Carrefour SA, the world's second-largest retailer, reported higher profits on Thursday as a revival of its European hypermarkets started to pay off and said it would lift capital spending further this year to cement that recovery. The group also reiterated it would be ready to go ahead this year with a stock market flotation in Brazil, its second-largest market after France, if market conditions allow. #Arabic #Brazil #facebook #France #India #Japan #markets #opinion #Technology #United Kingdom

11 mins ago

U.S. jobless claims rise; Q4 productivity revised down

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly rose last week and nonfarm productivity contracted more sharply than previously thought in the fourth quarter. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased by 7,000 to a seasonally adjusted 320,000 for the week ended Feb. 28, the Labor Department said on Thursday #author #Brazil #Economy #facebook #France #Latin America #Mexico #Technology #United Kingdom #United States

14 mins ago

Tata Realty, GVK Airport among eight firms keen to modernise Chennai airport

Applicants which visited the airport include GMR Airport, Egis Avia, Celebi Aviation, Tata Realty and Infrastructure, Pithavadian and Partners, Flemingo International Ltd. #Airport Authority of India #Chennai Airport #CompanyWatch #GVK Airport #Ministry of Civil Aviation #Siemens Project Ventures #Tata Realty

20 mins ago

Badminton: Jwala-Ashwini pair knocked out of second round of All England Open

Indian women's doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa today crashed out of the All England Badminton Championships as they suffered straight-game defeat at the hands of top seeded Chinese duo of Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei in the second round. #All England #Ashwini Ponnappa #Badminton #Jwala Gutta #Lost #Second round #SportsTracker

24 mins ago

Afghan men don burqas, take to the streets for women’s rights

KABUL (Reuters) - A group of Afghan men marched through the capital, Kabul, on Thursday to draw attention to women's rights by donning head-to-toe burqas that for many people worldwide have come to symbolise the suppression of women. The hardline Taliban forced women to wear burqas in public during their rule in the 1990s and concern is growing in Afghanistan and among its allies that gains for women made since the 2001 U.S.-led ouster of the Taliban are at risk. The men marched under a leaden sky, with the bright blue burqas falling over their heads down to muddy sneakers and boots #Argentina #Brazil #China #India #Italy #Japan #Mexico #opinion #Technology #United States

26 mins ago

Panel recommends waiving late-stage trials for some drugs

MUMBAI (Reuters) - A panel of advisors to the government has recommended that late-stage clinical trials be waived under certain conditions for some new drugs already being sold on international markets. Indian law requires all medicines to be tested in late-stage clinical trials before being approved for sale. The requirements can be shortened, deferred, or omitted in certain cases, such as life-threatening diseases. #Arabic #Argentina #Economy #France #Government #Mexico #opinion #Russia #Technology #United Kingdom #United States

39 mins ago

China No 3 leader says more attention needed for Hong Kong young

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's third-ranked leader wants greater attention paid to young people in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong, after they staged pro-democracy protests last year that shut down parts of the city for two and a half months. Zhang Dejiang, who heads China's largely rubber-stamp parliament, the National People's Congress (NPC), said last year's "illegal acts" highlighted a need to focus on young people and possibly revive the idea of a patriotic curriculum, Hong Kong media said on Thursday #Argentina #author #Business #Entertainment #India #Mexico #Russia #South Korea #United Kingdom

41 mins ago

Global markets – Euro hits 11 1/2-yr low before ECB, stocks edge higher

LONDON (Reuters) - The euro hit an 11 1/2-year low against the dollar and European stocks nudged higher on Thursday, as the European Central Bank prepared to lay out the details of its impending 1 trillion-euro stimulus plan. The common currency fell as low as $1.1026, its lowest since September 2003, and the region's stock and periphery bond markets gained as hopes for the ECB's policy meeting in Cyprus lifted investors' spirits. The slide in the euro came as the dollar continued to rise on expectations the U.S #author #Brazil #Business #China #Economy #India #Mexico #opinion #Russia #Technology

41 mins ago

India’s Daughter: Here’s why we need to go beyond BBC’s nauseating moralising

The government is scoring too many self-goals in the way it is reacting to the BBC documentary on the Nirbhaya case. The problem is the west knows how to use our own problems against us, but we don't know how to create a strong state that can enforce its own laws or deal with the hijacking of our internal agendas by the west for its own purposes #BBC #India's Daughter #InMyOpinion #Leslee Udwin #Male Mindsets #Nirbhaya Case #rapists #Weak State