ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurds are expected to vote for independence in a referendum on Monday that neighbouring countries and Western powers fear could break up the country and stir broader regional ethnic and sectarian conflict. Kurdish flags – a red, white and green tricolor emblazoned with a golden sun – adorn cars and …

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s telecom regulator more than halved a fee mobile carriers pay for calls made from one network to another, dragging down shares of bigger operators such as market leader Bharti Airtel that are likely to be hit hard by the move. Operators in India do not charge users for incoming calls, but …

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UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to U.N. headquarters, calling for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a greater force for world peace. Ahead of his maiden speech to the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump …

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CAIRO (Reuters) – Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a blast on Friday that injured 22 people on a packed commuter train on the London underground network, the militant group’s Amaq news agency said. Reporting by Ahmed Tolba; Editing by Kevin Liffey Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. SOURCE: REUTERS

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – JSW Steel Ltd, India’s biggest local steelmaker, aims to be producing 80 percent of the iron ore needed for its flagship plant in south India in three years time as it seeks to cut costs, a senior executive said. The company expects to begin producing ore from mines it won in a …

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said Indian and Chinese troops must maintain cooperation to ensure that a recent confrontation on their common border did not happen again. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a BRICS summit in the southeastern Chinese city of Xiamen, Jaishankar said peace in border areas was a …

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NEW DELHI/JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Indian state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp plans to bid for Israeli offshore oil-and-gas exploration blocks, India’s oil minister told Reuters, the first major deal between the two countries since a groundbreaking trip by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July. India and Israel have deep defence ties but Modi and his …

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MUMBAI (Reuters) – Star India will pay a staggering 163.48 billion rupees ($2.55 billion) for the television and digital rights of the Indian Premier League for the next five years, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on Monday. Sony was the only other bidder for the TV rights of the world’s …

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ZURICH (Reuters) – Novartis Chief Executive Joseph Jimenez will retire in 2018, with chief drug developer Vasant Narasimhan taking over as CEO starting in February, the Swiss drugmaker said on Monday. Jimenez is stepping down following a decade at Novartis after having successfully secured U.S. approval for a new gene therapy for leukemia last week …

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SEOUL (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump agreed with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to revise a joint treaty capping the development of the South’s ballistic missiles, Moon’s office said on Saturday, amid a standoff over North Korea’s missile and nuclear tests. Trump also gave “conceptual” approval to the purchase by the South of billions …

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