Essar sell-offs mark turning point in distressed Indian industries


Amid a crowded field, Essar stands out as one of the most troubled groups in India, and has attracted heated speculation about its need to offload assets in recent months. Earlier this year, Essar’s oil refining unit was sold to a group led by Russia’s Rosneft, much to the satisfaction of creditors. Soon to go on the block will be ...

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Trump diminishes Papadopoulos, former foreign policy adviser, as a ‘young, low level volunteer’


President Trump walks across the South lawn of the White House to board Marine One on Sept 29. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) President Trump on Tuesday belittled George Papadopoulos, the former foreign policy adviser who tried to broker connections between Trump campaign and Russian officials, as a “young, low level volunteer” as he sought to distance himself and his campaign from ...

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'Bachelor' Producers Sued for Sexual Harassment by Production Assistant (UPDATE)


‘Bachelor’ Producers Sued by P.A. You Asked If I Ever Had Anal Sex!!! WB Denies Allegations 10/30/2017 12:23 PM PDT EXCLUSIVE 2:30 PM PT — Warner Bros. tells us, “We take all allegations of workplace harassment very seriously. These allegations were brought to our attention and were thoroughly investigated earlier this year. Our findings did not support the plaintiff’s characterization ...

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Is your phone listening in? Your stories


Image copyright Getty Images Facebook has always denied using smartphone microphones to gather audio from people’s real-life conversations and then use that data to serve advertising. Last week Facebook’s vice-president of ads, Rob Goldman, said on Twitter that the technology giant did not and had never carried out the practice. “Just not true,” he tweeted in response to a call ...

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Their Caliphate in Ruins, IS Militants Melt into the Desert


BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants, routed from one urban stronghold after another in Syria, have recently been moving deeper into Syria’s remote desert, where experts say they are regrouping and preparing their next incarnation. The Sunni militants’ self-proclaimed “caliphate” with its contiguous stretch of land — linking major cities such as Syria’s Raqqa and Iraq’s Mosul — may have ...

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Hydrogen heads roll but investors spot hope on horizon


Hydrogen is an odourless, tasteless, colourless gas that can be highly combustible — a volatile state that concerns analysts about some of the companies that are claiming it to be the next big thing in alternative fuels. Intelligent Energy, a maker of fuel cells which convert hydrogen and oxygen to electricity, last week agreed to sell itself to Meditor, an ...

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Would Haley replace Tillerson at State? She says, ‘no.’


U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley meets with the president of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, in Juba, South Sudan, on Wednesday. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images) KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Friday that she is tired of speculation that she may soon replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, saying that she would reject the offer if it came. ...

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Tiger Woods Pleads Guilty at DUI Hearing


Tiger Woods Pleads Guilty at DUI Hearing 10/27/2017 10:45 AM PDT Breaking News Tiger Woods was calm, cool and collected in court, even cracking a smile on his way out after pleading guilty at his DUI hearing in Florida. The golf legend agreed to enter a DUI diversion program at a hearing that lasted about 10 minutes. He’ll also be on ...

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Facebook denies 'listening' to conversations


Image copyright Getty Images A Facebook executive has denied the social network uses a device’s microphone to listen to what users are saying and then send them relevant ads. Rob Goldman, the tech giant’s vice-president of ads, was responding to a tweet by PJ Vogt, the presenter of a tech podcast called Reply All. Anecdotally, many people report seeing adverts ...

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'Christians Are Being Told to Shut Up': Expelled Student Who Called Homosexuality a Sin Loses Court Case


A UK court has ruled that a university’s decision to expel a Christian student over his comments on homosexuality is legal. In 2015, Felix Ngole wrote on his personal Facebook page that “same sex marriage is a sin whether we like it or not. It is God’s words and man’s sentiments would not change His words.”   He went on ...

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