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  • Massive bombing in Afghanistan kills 35; ISIS eyed Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 3:24 PM ET
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    Afghan president Ashraf Ghani blamed ISIS for a suicide bombing here on Saturday that killed 35 civilians.

  • The insurgents attacked Iraq's Baiji refinery a week ago by blasting through the security perimeter around it and taking over several installions, including storage tanks. Thousands of families have fled Anbar in recent days as Islamic State militants gained on Ramadi and local officials warned the city was about to fall. Two members of the Anbar provincial...

  • Shahidullah Azim, a vice president of the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said the pledge would help the U.N.-sponsored compensation fund reach its commitment to provide $30 million to the survivors of the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory complex— Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster. The Benetton Group announced Friday...

  • Google's EU showdown offers openings to competitors Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 11:58 AM ET

    That appears to be the European Union's strategy to pursue Google in a competition dispute by choosing to push a narrow set of charges around its shopping service, while opening another investigation of Google's Android mobile phone software. In accusing Google of anti-competitive practices against rival shopping sites, the EU competition authority said...

  • Thong Sarath was sent to police headquarters in Phnom Penh after being taken into custody in the eastern province of Svay Rieng, National Police spokesman Gen. Cambodian media reported that police in neighboring Vietnam detained him and sent across the border on Thursday. The Defense Ministry suspended Thong Sarath after he was charged with masterminding...

  • MILAN, April 17- Italian clothes group Benetton has paid $1.1 million into a fund for victims of the Rana Plaza factory collapse that killed 1,100 workers in Bangladesh two years ago, the company said on Friday, after pressure from activists to donate to the fund. The collapse of the Rana Plaza, an eight-story factory built on marshy ground outside the Bangladeshi...

  • BEIJING, April 17- China does not plan to use either its new Asian Infrastructure Development Bank or Silk Road fund to finance the $46 billion Pakistan-China Economic Corridor, with money to come from both countries instead, a senior diplomat said on Friday. President Xi Jinping's trip to Pakistan next week is expected to focus on the corridor, a planned network...

  • A recent dry spell in distant Kenya has since given him a reason to smile. Barkakoty is hoping the crop-damaging drought in top tea exporter Kenya will open a window of opportunity for Indian planters like him as rains improve output prospects at home. McLeod Russel's chief financial officer, Kamal Baheti, expects India's overseas tea sales to rise by 15-20...

  • China's Xi Jinping to visit close ally Pakistan Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:43 AM ET

    BEIJING— Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit Pakistan next week to oversee agreements on pipelines, power plants and other projects as part of a massive $46 billion joint development program that Beijing hopes will stabilize its longtime ally's economy and extend China's influence in western Asia. China and Pakistan have long maintained close...

  • SINGAPORE, April 17- U.S. crude futures slipped towards $56 a barrel on Friday as soaring oil production from OPEC members stoked concerns over a global glut, but Middle East tensions kept a floor under prices. It climbed 32 cents to settle at $56.71 the day before, after hitting a 2015- high of $57.42. *Russian President Vladimir Putin said Iran's flexibility over...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 29 Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    WASHINGTON- 2015 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund. WASHINGTON- Institute for International Finance hosts International Capital Markets and Emerging Markets Roundtable. NEW YORK- Reserve Bank of Australia Governor Glenn Stevens speaks at an American Australian Association luncheon hosted by Goldman Sachs- 1630...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted "vassals" rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine. For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on...

  • April 16- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has been sued by a white American information technology worker who accused India's largest software services exporter of overwhelming favoritism toward workers of South Asian descent in the United States. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Steven Heldt said 95 percent of Tata's 14,000-...

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced last week that India would buy 36 French Rafale jets for an estimated $4.3 billion, in effect ending talks on a larger deal for 126 planes that would have sucked up some $20 billion and locked rivals out of the market for a generation. Saab was proposing to establish "fully-fledged production" of the Gripen in India...

  • LONDON, April 16- The lead market is on a tear. The least sexy of the industrial metals traded on the London Metal Exchange has surged by over 20 percent from its March lows to a current $2,040 per tonne. The impact on spreads and positioning is still evolving, not least because of follow-on hits on LME inventory such as this morning's fresh 15,500 tonnes of...

  • NEW DELHI, April 16- An Indian delegation will visit Iran this week to scout for investment opportunities ahead of an anticipated nuclear deal between the OPEC- member and world powers that would soften sanctions against the country, sources privy to the plan said. India is Iran's biggest oil client after China although its imports from Tehran have declined...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended to "contain" his country. In a confident performance during a televised call-in show, Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that Russia will survive an economic crisis...

  • Bible stories and thrillers make Morocco filming choice Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:16 AM ET

    But while the arched doorways, balconies and furnishings all say Roman-era Israel, the real-life setting is southern Morocco. Viewers in America and elsewhere in the world may not know it but they have seen a lot of Morocco in the past year. "Morocco has also been Somalia numerous times, including in the 2001 film" Blackhawk Down, "and more recently in the 2013" Captain...

  • Despite Hindu beliefs that cows are sacred— and the fact that their slaughter is banned in most of the country— India is the world's fifth-largest consumer and second-largest exporter of beef. The meat, which in India comes from bulls and buffaloes, is widely eaten in some communities, particularly by low-caste Hindus and millions of Muslims and Christians.

  • Vietnamese villagers block traffic to protest pollution Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    HANOI, Vietnam— Hundreds of villagers in central Vietnam blocked traffic on the country's main artery for hours to protest pollution from a coal-fired thermo power plant, a local official said Thursday. Nguyen Thanh Sang in Binh Thuan province said Thursday that the villagers threw rocks, bricks and gasoline bombs at riot police who were trying to direct...