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India investigates after fourth big train accident in past year kills 23

NEW DELHI - India began investigating on Sunday a train crash in which 23 people were killed, the fourth major accident over the past year on the world's fourth biggest rail network which is grappling with chronic under-investment and over-crowding.

Spain hunts for driver in van rampage, says Islamist cell dismantled

RIPOLL/BARCELONA, Spain - Police were searching on Saturday for the driver of a van that killed 13 people when it ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona and were trying to determine whether two other suspected Islamist militants linked to the attack had died or were at large.

Comedian, civil rights activist Dick Gregory dies at 84

- Dick Gregory, a comedian who lambasted racism and played a prominent role in the 1960s civil rights movement after becoming one of the first black comics to perform for white audiences, died on Saturday at age 84, his son said.

Train derails in Uttar Pradesh, killing about 20 and injuring scores more

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI - A train came off the tracks in northern India on Saturday, killing about 20 people and injuring scores more, as carriages slammed into each other, officials said.

Train derails in Uttar Pradesh, at least 14 killed: local official

NEW DELHI - A train came off the tracks in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday, killing at least 14 people and wounding dozens more as carriages slammed into each other, a local official said.

After Sikka's dramatic exit, Infosys faces recruitment headache

MUMBAI/BENGALURU - The dramatic departure of Vishal Sikka as chief executive of Infosys, following a months-long public battle with the tech giant's founders, has left the company with another messy problem: how to find someone willing to replace him.

Infosys approves up to $2 billion buyback of shares

MUMBAI - India's second-biggest IT firm Infosys said on Saturday it will buy back shares worth up to 130 billion rupees , a day after Vishal Sikka resigned as chief executive after a long-running feud with the company's founders.

Lebanese army, Hezbollah announce offensives against Islamic State on Syrian border

BEIRUT - The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeastern border with Syria, as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.

Pakistan holds state funeral for German nun who fought leprosy

KARACHI - Pakistani soldiers on Saturday carried the flag-draped coffin of German-born Catholic nun Ruth Pfau to a state funeral where she was honoured after devoting her life to eradicating leprosy in the country.

Finnish police investigating stabbing spree as terror crime

HELSINKI/TURKU, Finland - Finnish police are investigating Friday's knife attacks that killed two and wounded eight in the city of Turku as terrorism-related crimes, they said on Saturday.

Spanish police searching for van driver in Barcelona attack

BARCELONA/RIPOLL, Spain - Spanish police were on Saturday searching for the driver of a van that ploughed into a crowd in Barcelona, killing 13 people, in one of two deadly attacks in Catalonia carried out by a network of suspected Islamist militants.

Eight stabbed in Russian city, police shoot man dead - agencies

MOSCOW - Eight people were injured in a knife attack in the Siberian city of Surgut, the local office of the Russian law enforcement committee said in a statement published on its website.

RBI chief Urjit Patel says state banks need more capital

MUMBAI - State-run banks will need more capital to resolve bad loan problems weighing on their balance sheets, Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel said on Saturday, adding his voice to calls for increased capital injections into lenders.

CORRECTED: Infosys approves up to $2 billion buyback of shares

Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. - President Donald Trump on Friday fired his chief strategist Steve Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing a far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his nationalist and anti-globalisation agenda.

Lebanese army, Hezbollah declare offensives on Islamic State at Syrian border

BEIRUT - The Lebanese army launched an offensive on Saturday against an Islamic State enclave on the northeast border with Syria as the Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah announced an assault on the militants from the Syrian side of the frontier.

Investor Carl Icahn steps down as adviser to U.S. President Trump

- Billionaire investor Carl Icahn ended his role as a special adviser to U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday after facing criticism that policy recommendations he offered could help his own investments.

Finnish police 'quite certain' about attacker's identity - local media

TURKU, Finland - Finnish police raided an apartment in eastern Turku and said it was "quite certain" it had identified the attacker who killed two people and wounded eight during a stabbing rampage on Friday, local media reported.

Barcelona van attacker among five killed by police - Spanish media

BARCELONA - The driver of the van that ploughed into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, was one of five men shot dead by police in a Catalan seaside resort hours later, Spanish newspapers reported on Friday.

Trump dumps controversial chief strategist Bannon in latest upheaval

WASHINGTON/HAGERSTOWN, Md. - President Donald Trump on Friday fired chief strategist Stephen Bannon in the latest White House shake-up, removing the far-right architect of his 2016 election victory and a driving force behind his anti-globalization and pro-nationalist agenda.

Infosys CEO resigns after long-running feud with founders

BENGALURU/MUMBAI - Vishal Sikka, the chief executive brought in to turn around India's Infosys three years ago, resigned on Friday, blaming a "continuous drumbeat of distractions" and a long-running row with the founders over company strategy.

Spanish police hunt driver who left trail of carnage in Barcelona

BARCELONA - Spanish police have not yet identified the driver of a van that ploughed into crowds in a tourist hotspot in Barcelona, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others, and are still searching for him, the regional police commander said on Friday.

IndiGo says 12 planes grounded due to engine shortages

NEW DELHI - India's biggest airline IndiGo said on Friday it had been forced to ground 12 Airbus jets because of delays in getting new Pratt and Whitney-made engines and uncertainty around a new Indian sales tax.

Decision on whether Trump adviser Bannon keeps his job is imminent: Axios

WASHINGTON - A decision from President Donald Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly is imminent on whether White House chief strategist Steve Bannon will keep his job, online news outlet Axios said on Friday.

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns, blames "drumbeat of distractions"

BENGALURU/MUMBAI - Vishal Sikka, the chief executive brought in to turn around India's Infosys three years ago, resigned suddenly on Friday, blaming a "continuous drumbeat of distractions" and a long-running row with founders over the tech firm's strategy.

Spanish police shoot five suspects dead after driver kills 13 in Barcelona

BARCELONA - Spanish police shot dead five would-be attackers after confronting them early on Friday in a town south of Barcelona where hours earlier a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds, killing 13 people and wounding scores of others.

IndiGo grounds eight planes amid reports of engine problems

NEW DELHI - India's biggest airline, IndiGo, said on Friday it had grounded eight Airbus A320 neo jets, in comments that came after local media attributed the action to issues with Pratt and Whitney-made engines in the aircraft.

Sensex ends lower but post weekly gain

REUTERS - Indian shares fell on Friday led by Infosys Ltd that plunged after the resignation of Chief Executive Vishal Sikka heightened uncertainty about the IT services provider's future.

Russian triple-jumper Anna Pyatykh gets four-year ban - CAS

ZURICH - The Court of Arbitration for Sport has imposed a four-year ban on Russian triple-jumper Anna Pyatykh for violating rules on prohibited substances, the tribunal said on Friday.

Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka resigns; co names interim chief executive

- India's No. 2 IT Services company Infosys Ltd said Vishal Sikka had resigned as managing director and chief executive of the company with immediate effect, sending shares tumbling more than 7 percent in early trading on Friday.

EXCLUSIVE: India threatens Philip Morris with 'punitive action' over alleged violations

NEW DELHI - The Indian government has threatened Philip Morris International Inc with "punitive action" over the tobacco giant's alleged violation of the country's anti-smoking laws, according to a letter sent to the company by the health ministry.

Spain hunts driver who killed 13 in Barcelona, says foils bomb plot

BARCELONA - Spain mounted a sweeping anti-terrorism operation on Friday after a suspected Islamist militant drove a van into crowds in Barcelona, killing 13 people, in what police suspect was one of a planned wave of attacks.

IndiGo grounds 13 planes after engine issues - TV channels

NEW DELHI - India's biggest airline, IndiGo, has been forced to ground 13 planes and cancel 84 flights because of issues with its Pratt and Whitney made engines on its Airbus A320 neo aircraft, Indian TV channels reported on Friday.

Sensex falls as Infosys CEO resignation hurts

REUTERS - Indian shares fell on Friday, snapping a three-day winning streak, as Infosys Ltd Chief Executive Vishal Sikka's resignation sent the stock tumbling, although rivals such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd gained.

Cricket: Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc to miss India white-ball tour

MELBOURNE - Australia's pace spearhead Mitchell Starc will miss the limited-overs tour of India starting next month as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.

'Guardian angel' need for advisers in Afghanistan drives call for more troops

KABUL - Navigating a chaotic maze of cars and people, the convoy of British army armoured vehicles weaves slowly through Kabul. The job of about a dozen soldiers is to protect just two international advisers on their way to meet Afghan soldiers.

Top U.S. general reaffirms commitment to Japan amid North Korea tensions

TOKYO - The top U.S. general restated Washington's "ironclad commitment" to the security of its close Asian ally, Japan, on Friday amid regional tensions over North Korea, telling his counterpart in Tokyo that "an attack on one is an attack on both of us".

Van ploughs through crowd in Barcelona, killing about 12

BARCELONA - A van mowed through crowds of tourists on Barcelona's most famous avenue on Thursday, killing about a dozen people in an attack that was claimed by Islamic State.

Exclusive: Taking aim at China, India tightens power grid, telecoms rules

NEW DELHI - India is tightening the rules for businesses entering its power transmission sector and making stringent checks on both power and telecoms equipment for malware - moves that government and industry officials say aim to check China's advance into sensitive sectors.

Van crashes into dozens of people in Barcelona: police

MADRID - A van crashed into dozens of people in the centre of Barcelona on Thursday and several people were injured, police in the Spanish city said.

India clears purchase of six Boeing helicopters in $650 million deal

NEW DELHI - India on Thursday cleared the purchase of six more Boeing Co Apache helicopters in a deal worth close to 42 billion rupees , a defence ministry official said.

Sanctions on Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen unjustified: Pakistan

ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said Islamabad was disappointed over what it termed the unjustified imposition of sanctions by the United States on Kashmiri militant group Hizbul Mujahideen.

Trump defends monuments to the pro-slavery Confederacy

BRIDGEWATER, N.J/WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump dug in defiantly on Thursday in his response to racial violence in Virginia, echoing the position of white nationalists by intensifying his opposition to the removal of monuments to the pro-slavery Civil War Confederacy.

Philippines war on drugs and crime intensifies, at least 60 killed in three days

MANILA - Police killed at least 28 people overnight in a crackdown in the Philippines capital Manila, authorities said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war on drugs and crime.

Sensex little changed; Infosys gains

REUTERS - Indian shares ended nearly flat on Thursday paring early gains due to a decline in banking shares, while a surge in market heavyweight Infosys Ltd after the announcement of a probable share buyback propped up the indexes.

Bangladesh ramps up border patrols to deter fresh Rohingya inflow

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh/YANGON - Bangladesh has stepped up patrols on its border with Myanmar, following reports that about 1,000 Rohingya Muslims crossed into the country in the past two weeks, amid fresh tension in its neighbour's northwestern Rakhine state.

Philippines war on drugs and crime intensifies, at least 58 killed this week

MANILA - At least 26 people died overnight in police operations in the Philippines capital Manila, authorities said on Thursday, a second night of heavy bloodshed this week in an intensification of President Rodrigo Duterte's fierce war on drugs and crime.

Indians more amused than outraged by Chinese '7 Sins' video

NEW DELHI - Indians have been more amused than outraged by an agitprop video released by a Chinese state news agency that accuses India of perpetrating "Seven Sins" in a two-month-old frontier standoff and resorts to a racial stereotype to make its point.

What will Kim do next? Sixth nuclear test seen critical for North Korea

SEOUL/WASHINGTON - North Korea says it has developed intercontinental missiles capable of targeting any place in the United States.

Cricket: Sri Lanka transition grinds to halt at India roadblock

REUTERS - Two years have passed since Sri Lanka bid farewell to the last of their batting greats yet the South Asian side appears no nearer to ending what has been a difficult period of transition.