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Nepal: Annapurna Circuit snow and avalanche deaths reach 28 - BBC News

Nepal: Annapurna Circuit snow and avalanche deaths reach 28 – BBC News

At least 28 people have died on a key Nepali hiking route, officials say, after blizzards struck at the height of the Himalayan climbing season.

There are fears the final toll will be higher. Nine bodies were found on Thursday and about 220 people have been rescued, but many are still missing.

Nepalese, Israeli, Canadian, Indian, Slovak and Polish trekkers are among those killed.

Severe rain and…

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India unveils key labour reforms - BBC News

India unveils key labour reforms – BBC News

India’s PM Narendra Modi has unveiled key labour reforms as a part of a campaign which aims to turn the country into a global manufacturing hub.

They include plans to streamline labour laws and make scrutiny of factories transparent to curb harassment by government inspectors.

Manufacturing contributes only 15% to India’s gross domestic product; authorities want to raise it to 25%.

Much of…

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Google profits slide 5%, missing analyst estimates - BBC News

Google profits slide 5%, missing analyst estimates – BBC News

Google has reported third-quarter profits of $2.8bn (£1.7bn), down 5% from the same period a year earlier.

That sent shares in the internet giant down over 3% in after-hours trading.

A closely-watched figure – the average cost-per-click that Google – decreased by 2%.

The company also missed analyst expectations for revenue, which increased by 20% to $16.52bn for the period, which was for the…

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What will Facebook’s Zuckerberg say to India’s PM Modi? - BBC News

What will Facebook’s Zuckerberg say to India’s PM Modi? – BBC News

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is due to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi in a visit that could have implications for the million of Indians not yet online, writes BBC’s Shilpa Kannan in Delhi.

The details of the meeting are being kept a closely guarded secret, but knowing what binds Mr Zuckerberg and Mr Modi – their love for a digital future – it’s not hard to guess…

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Cyclone Hudhud pounds India’s Andhra Pradesh and Orissa - BBC News

Cyclone Hudhud pounds India’s Andhra Pradesh and Orissa – BBC News

Cyclone Hudhud is pounding the eastern Indian coast, causing extensive damage and prompting the evacuation of some 300,000 people.

The cyclone, classed “very severe” and bringing winds of up to 195km/h (120mph), is passing over the coast near the city of Visakhapatnam.

Hundreds of trees have been uprooted and power lines brought down in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states.

Two people have so far…

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Cyclone Hudhud approaches Indian states - BBC News

Cyclone Hudhud approaches Indian states – BBC News

Authorities in India say they are planning evacuations and stocking up on rations as a powerful cyclone heads for the south-eastern coast.

Cyclone Hudhud, categorised as “severe” by weather forecasters, is expected to hit Orissa and Andhra Pradesh states on Sunday.

The Meteorological Department has predicted the storm will bring winds of up to 140km/h (87mph).

A super-cyclone in 1999 killed more…

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US stocks tumble as growth worries rattle investors - BBC News

US stocks tumble as growth worries rattle investors – BBC News

After rising strongly on Wednesday, US shares fell sharply on Thursday. The oil price was also sharply lower.

The Dow Jones index dropped 334 points or 2%, following a 275-point rise the day before, and significant falls on Tuesday.

The renewed volatility is being blamed on concerns that global growth, especially in Asia and Europe, is faltering.

Brent Crude oil fell below $90 a barrel for the…

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India’s Flipkart apologises for sale glitches - BBC News

India’s Flipkart apologises for sale glitches – BBC News

India’s biggest online retailer Flipkart has apologised for glitches during Monday’s “Big Billion Day” sale.

In an email sent to customers on Tuesday, Flipkart’s founders said they were “really and truly sorry” for not “living up to the promises we made”.

The company had announced a day of mega sales, offering massive discounts.

But the big rush of customers online crashed its servers and within…

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BBC News - First womb-transplant baby born

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A woman in Sweden has given birth to a baby boy using a transplanted womb, in a medical first, doctors report.

The 36-year-old mother, who was born without a uterus, received a donated womb from a friend in her 60s.

The British medical journal The Lancet says the baby was born prematurely in September weighing 1.8kg (3.9lb). The father said his son was “amazing”.

Cancer treatment and birth…

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