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Indian government clashes with southern state over Gandhi killers

By Shyamantha Asokan NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's government was embroiled in a dispute on Thursday with a powerful state that plans to free seven people convicted for the 1991 killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, in political jostling ahead of a general election.

Ford to double hybrid offerings by 2020 -development chief

DETROIT (Reuters) - The top development executive at Ford Motor Co <F.N> said on Monday that the U.S. automaker plans to double its hybrid offerings by 2020. Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Raj Nair said a growing appetite in China and Europe for clean vehicles would drive the trend.

Ford to double hybrid offerings by 2020 -development chief

DETROIT (Reuters) - The top development executive at Ford Motor Co <F.N> said on Monday that the U.S. automaker plans to double its hybrid offerings by 2020. Speaking at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Raj Nair said a growing appetite in China and Europe for clean vehicles would drive the trend.

'Village of Widows' determined to rebuild in India flood disaster

Cradling her newborn daughter at her home in a remote valley in the Indian Himalayas, Dhanita Devi tells of her determination to fight for her family's survival. Devi's husband was killed, along with thousands of others, when flash floods and landslides tore through the mountains of northern Uttarakhand state in June. Devi, 22, was left alone, with no income and few savings, to provide for her three children and elderly mother-in-law. But Devi says she will do "whatever it takes" to stop her family sliding into desperation.

India judge ordered to release daughter held over lover

India's top court Monday ordered a judge release his 30-year-old daughter who was being detained because he disapproved of her marrying her boyfriend from a different caste. The Supreme Court ordered Supriya Rathore be reunited with her boyfriend who was forced to take legal action to have her released from her father, a high court judge in the northwestern state of Rajasthan. "She is a major and has the liberty to make her choice in marriage," judges H.L. Dattu and C. Nagappan told the couple, who were in the court in New Delhi for the ruling.

Accident triggers riot in Singapore's Little India

Hundreds of South Asian workers staged a riot in Singapore late Sunday following a road accident, leaving 10 police officers injured and at least six vehicles damaged, police said. A police statement said the disturbance started in the congested Little India district when one person was killed after being hit by a bus. The victim's identity was not immediately disclosed. About 400 people on the scene began attacking police vehicles after officers responded to the accident.

MERS virus infects family in UAE, kills two in Qatar: WHO

By Kate Kelland, Health and Science Correspondent LONDON (Reuters) - Another three people in the United Arab Emirates are sick with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) virus and two people infected with it in Qatar have died, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Monday.

Qatar confirms new coronavirus in three camels: WHO

GENEVA, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Qatar notified the World Health Organization (WHO) that laboratory investigations have confirmed the presence of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in three camels, the organization said Friday. The camels were among a herd of 14 animals in a barn, with which two confirmed human infections reported in October had contact, according to the WHO.

Indian police arrest lawmaker for whistleblower's murder

India's federal police have arrested a leader of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party over his alleged role in the murder of an anti-corruption activist, authorities said Wednesday. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Dinu Bogha Solanki, an MP from western Gujarat state, for allegedly conspiring to kill Amit Jethwa, who sought to expose illegal mining in the state. "The MP was called for questioning by the CBI (on Tuesday) and after detailed interrogation, he was arrested in the evening," the CBI said in a statement.

14 killed in Indian cyclone: disaster agency

Fourteen people were killed in Cyclone Phailin which lashed India's east coast over the weekend, a top disaster management official said Sunday. "There are 13 deaths in Orissa and one death reported in Andhra Pradesh and so we have been able to... (keep) the death toll to a bare minimum," vice chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority Marri Shashidhar Reddy told reporters in New Delhi. pc-tha/co/jta
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