India holds rates to guard against inflation

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Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan speaks during a news conference at RBI headquarters in Mumbai on August 5, 2014Mumbai (AFP) – India's central bank kept interest rates on hold Tuesday, saying it was worried inflation in Asia's third-largest economy may not cool as fast as hoped


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High court puts off start of early voting in Ohio

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A divided Supreme Court has put off the start of early voting in Ohio, which had been set to begin Tuesday.

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Fence-jumper ran through much of main floor of White House

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The White House is seen through layers of fencing, including the new temporary one which appeared yesterday, creating a wider bufferBy David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The man who breached security at the White House this month raced through several rooms on the main floor, penetrating farther into the building than previously disclosed, a Republican congressman said on Monday. Representative Jason Chaffetz, who chairs a House subcommittee on national security oversight, told CNN an alarm box near the front entrance had been muted, leaving interior personnel unaware of the intrusion before the suspect burst through the open front door. …


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Hong Kong protests weighing on global markets

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FILE - This Monday, July 15, 2013, file photo, shows the American flag and Wall Street street sign outside the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. Asian stock markets were mixed Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, as pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and concern about China's economy offset good U.S. economic news. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)LONDON (AP) — At the start of a busy week on the economic news front, global stock markets have largely edged down as investors fret over the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, where the main Hang Seng index closed down 1.9 percent on Monday at 23,229.21.


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As Missouri protests persist, police seek suspects in shootings of two officers

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Protesters march in front of the police department in Ferguson, Missouri.By Kenny Bahr FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – Police were seeking suspects on Sunday in apparently unrelated shootings of two police officers in and near the Missouri city of Ferguson, and arrested seven of those protesting last month's shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer. The Saturday night shooting of an officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson did not seem linked to protests elsewhere in the city, police said, nor to a separate shooting involving an off-duty police officer in St. Louis early on Sunday. …


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Obama: US misjudged Iraqi army, militants’ threat

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President Barack Obama acknowledged that U.S. intelligence agencies underestimated the threat from Islamic State militants and overestimated the ability and will of Iraq’s army to fight. Questioning Obama’s strategy to destroy the group, House Speaker John Boehner said the U.S. may have “no choice” but to send in American troops if the mix of U.S.-led airstrikes and a ground campaign reliant on Iraqi forces, Kurdish fighters and soon-to-be trained Syrian rebels fails to achieve that goal.

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Europe schism haunts Cameron as pre-election battle drums begin

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Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron arrives for his interview on "The Andrew Marr Show" on the first day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham central EnglandBy William James and Guy Faulconbridge BIRMINGHAM England (Reuters) – The British Conservative party's schism over Europe marred Prime Minister David Cameron's last major party conference before a 2015 election, overshadowing his party's attempt to pitch a growing economy and lower welfare spending to voters. The defection of a second Conservative lawmaker to the anti-EU United Kingdom Independence Party on the eve of the conference ratcheted up the pressure on Cameron to take a tougher line on Europe, immigration and welfare less than eight months before a national election in May. …


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Police officer shot in troubled U.S. city of Ferguson

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By Kenny Bahr FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – A police officer from the strife-hit Missouri city of Ferguson was shot on Saturday night and authorities are still searching for the shooter, law enforcement officials said. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told reporters the shooting did not seem connected to peaceful protests occurring elsewhere in Ferguson. “I wouldn’t have any reason to believe right now that it was linked in any way, shape, manner or form with the protests,” he said. …

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