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Banking push for Indians

NEW DELHI: India's state-owned banks are conducting a massive campaign to open millions of accounts for poor Indians who are off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders.

Tens of thousands have already lined up to open accounts since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announce...ReadMore


French wedding for Mr and Mrs Pitt

LOS ANGELES: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are now husband and wife, after a wedding in France described as a "family affair".

New housing scheme to benefit 621,000 Saudis

RIYADH: More than 600,000 Saudi Arabian families have been found eligible for housing aid under a new scheme designed to ease a shortage of homes which has depressed living standards and is politically sensitive for the government.

Murder case filed against Pakistan prime minister

LAHORE: Pakistani police have registered allegations of abetting murder against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his brother over the June killing of 14 supporters of a cleric who is currently leading thousands of anti-government demonstrators in Islamabad.

'Brand-gelina'

LOS ANGELES: Brad and Angelina: it is rare that celebrities can be instantly recognised by their first names. It's even rarer that two can be immediately identified by one moniker.

US weighs strikes as IS executes Syrian troops

DAMASCUS: Islamic State (IS) jihadists yesterday boasted they had executed scores of Syrian troops after capturing a key air base.

Singaporeans go 'barking mad'

SINGAPORE: A suggestion by Singapore's public housing authority that owners of noisy dogs consider "debarking" their pets to avoid inconveniencing neighbours has raised animal lovers' hackles in the city-state and prompted much ridicule on social media.

Mursi accused of leaking secret papers

CAIRO: Former Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi refused to answer a prosecutor's questions about allegations that he leaked classified documents '“ some related to the army's budget '“ to Qatar via the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster, Egypt's official news agency reported yesterday.

Cameron blow as MP defects

LONDON: British Prime Minister David Cameron suffered a heavy blow yesterday when one of his MPs, Douglas Carswell, announced he was leaving the Conservative Party to join the eurosceptic UK Independence Party (UKIP). Carswell is to resign his seat and stand as a UKIP candidate at an upcoming by-election which, if he wins, would make him their first elected member of the House of Commons. Polls suggest UKIP could take a handful of seats and thousands of votes from the Conservatives at next year's general election, which may increase the chances of victory for the opposition Labour party and defeat for Cameron. Experts say Clacton in the southeast of England is among the Conservative seats most vulnerable to being captured by the eurosceptics at the election.


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