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  • JORHAT, India, May 5- Usha Ghatowar smiles wryly when asked about the pay she earns picking leaves at a colonial-era tea garden in India's Assam. Scientists say climate change is to blame for uneven rainfall that is cutting yields and lifting costs for tea firms such as McLeod Russel, Tata Global Beverages and Jay Shree Tea. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, whose...

  • *Nepal asks foreign teams to end search and rescue operations. *The April 25 quake has killed over 7,300, wounded nearly 14,500. KATHMANDU, May 4- Nepali police and local volunteers found the bodies of about 100 trekkers and villagers buried in an avalanche set off by last month's devastating earthquake and were digging through snow and ice for signs of dozens...

  • KATHMANDU, May 4- Nepal has asked foreign countries to wrap up search and rescue operations nine days after a devastating earthquake killed more than 7,200 people, now there is no hope of finding people alive in the rubble. Dozens of countries sent teams to look for survivors after the Himalayan nation was hit by a 7.8- magnitude quake on April 25, its worst since...

  • However, the decision drew criticism from some online activists in India who expressed concern over Facebook's control over all data accessed on the service and said it violated the principles of an open web. It has been launched in nine countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia, including India, bringing over 8 million people online, said Chris Daniels, vice...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— An investor from India who attended Berkshire Hathaway's annual meeting Saturday has died in a two-vehicle crash, and three other people were hospitalized with injuries. The Omaha World-Herald reports the crash happened before 7 a.m. Sunday in midtown Omaha. Omaha Police said 60- year-old Parag Parikh of Mumbai, India, died at the Nebraska Medical...

  • BAKU, May 2- The Asian Development Bank said on Saturday that it was ready to work with the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank so long as standards were met, while also announcing changes to boost its own lending capacity by billions of dollars. China has said 57 countries have signed up to become founding members of the AIIB, but so far the United...

  • BAKU, May 2- The Asian Development Bank will ensure that safeguards are upheld in future cooperation with the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, ADB President Takehiko Nakao told a media conference on Saturday. "ADB is happy to cooperate, including co-financing, with the AIIB," Nakao said at the start of the multilateral lender's annual meeting of...

  • Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday championed the new Sri Lankan government's push for democratic reform and promised closer ties with the strategically located Indian Ocean nation. Sri Lanka's government is determined to end years of international isolation linked to its long war with Tamil separatists, so it really rolled out the red carpet for...

  • LUKLA, Nepal/ KATHMANDU, May 1- As rescuers lose hope of finding more survivors in Nepal's earthquake disaster zone, a separate drama has unfolded high above them on Mount Everest where the hopes of a few rich climbers and some of their sherpas have also vanished. For one of its clients, millionaire Texas realtor David McGrain, it should never have taken that long to...

  • SYDNEY, May 1- "Decent Indonesians" understand Australian anger over the execution of two convicted drug traffickers, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said after Jakarta's ambassador in Canberra expressed sympathy for the families of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Abbott recalled Australia's ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Gibson, in protest against the...

  • *Nepal puts initial reconstruction bill at $2 billion. KATHMANDU, May 1- The death toll from Nepal's devastating earthquake rose steadily past 6,100 on Friday as fresh aftershocks and the stench of rotting bodies made it hard for nervous survivors to return to their homes. According to the United Nations, 600,000 houses have been destroyed or damaged.

  • DIARY- Emerging Markets Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:02 PM ET

    SANTIAGO- Central bank of Chile to release the minutes of April policy meeting- 1230 GMT. BUDAPEST- Central Bank of Hungary non-rate-setting meeting. WARSAW- National Bank of Poland holds Monetary Policy Council Meeting.

  • Talks between six major powers and Tehran are approaching the final stages after they hammered out a preliminary agreement on April 2, with Iran committing to reduce the number of centrifuges it operates and to other long-term nuclear limitations. Iran, which is has been under sanctions for years, has a long history of illicit nuclear procurement using front...

  • *Teenager pulled alive from Kathmandu rubble. KATHMANDU, April 30- Hundreds cheered as rescuers toiling amid rubble left by Nepal's earthquake pulled a boy and a woman to safety on Thursday after they had been trapped for five days. Officials said the chances of finding more survivors were fading as the death toll reached 5,858. But Nepal's Armed Police Force...

  • *Teenager pulled alive from Kathmandu rubble. Officials said the chances of finding more survivors were fading as the death toll exceeded 5,500. But Nepal's Armed Police Force managed to save 15- year-old Pema Lama from the collapsed ruins of Kathmandu's Hilton Hotel. From an army helicopter flying from Chautara, northeast of Kathmandu, towards the Tibet...

  • ISLAMABAD, April 30- Pakistan plans to install new gas import terminals and pipelines to underpin an economic revival linked to $46 billion in Chinese deals, but its ambitions are being undermined by poor planning, price uncertainty and security concerns, industry experts said. Pakistan has shale gas reserves of 105 trillion cubic feet, the U.S. Energy...

  • BANGKOK, April 30- Thailand's central bank unveiled measures on Thursday to encourage more capital outflows to rein in the strong baht, a move it hopes will spur the country's ailing exports and boost the trade-dependent economy. Thailand is treading carefully after imposing tough capital controls in late 2006 that spooked markets and were quickly aborted.

  • *Teenager pulled alive from Kathmandu rubble. KATHMANDU, April 30- Rescue teams toiling amid rubble left by Nepal's devastating earthquake pulled a teenage boy to safety on Thursday after he had been trapped for five days, a rare moment of joy for a country struggling to cope with the aftermath. But Nepal's Armed Police Force managed to save 15- year-old Pema Lama...

  • Teenager rescued five days after Nepal quake Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 4:28 AM ET

    KATHMANDU, April 30- A 15- year-old boy was pulled out alive from the collapsed ruins of Kathmandu's Hilton Hotel on Thursday, five days after a huge earthquake caused devastation across Nepal and killed nearly 5,500 people. Survivor Pema Lama was rescued by Nepal's Armed Police Force and carried on a stretcher and in a neck brace to a waiting ambulance.

  • KATHMANDU, April 30- Nepali farmer Rishi Ram Khanal was looking forward to leaving Nepal for Dubai, where a $220- a-month job as a cleaner at a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant promised him the chance to pull his young family out of a life of poverty. Khanal found himself buried under the debris of a five-storey Kathmandu guest house, pinned to the ground by fallen...