NEW DELHI (AP) — A government report says India's economy will grow more than 8 percent in the upcoming financial year and appears to have shaken off its persistent problems of high inflation, rising budget deficits and poor domestic demand.
The Economic Survey, an annual report on the state of Asia's third-largest economy, said Friday that India appeared to have hit an economic "sweet spot" and was ready for "big bang reforms."
ISTANBUL (AP) — A Turkish news agency says police have detained man who claimed to have explosives attached on his body, outside the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. The man was described as "mentally unstable"
The Dogan news agency says police arrested the man who stood outside the consulate building on Friday, his hand placed inside his coat.
It was not immediately known whether the man, who was not identified, was carrying explosives....
NOVOAMVROSIIVSKE, Ukraine (AP) — Separatist fighters in east Ukraine have moved rocket launchers to a location 70 kilometers (43 miles) back from the front line with government troops in the first confirmed compliance with a cease-fire agreed earlier this month.
Associated Press journalists on Friday morning followed four trucks carrying Grad launchers from the rebel stronghold of Donetsk to a cement factory in the village of Novoamvrosiivske, near the Russian border....
MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian gas company Naftogaz says that it has paid $15 million for another month of Russian gas after fears escalated that Moscow could cut off supplies.
Interfax-Ukraine news agency quoted Naftogaz's executive, Andrei Kobolev, as saying that the company had paid for gas supplies from Russia for the month of March. Russia's Ministry of Energy Alexander Novak said Thursday morning that Russia had not yet received any payments.
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — With an eye on U.S.-led nuclear talks, Iran's Revolutionary Guard on Friday announced it had test fired a "new strategic weapon" in the final day of a large-scale naval and air defense drill, saying the system would play a key role in any future battle against the "Great Satan."
The claim was a new show of force by Iran just weeks ahead of a deadline for reaching a deal over its nuclear program with the U.S. and other global powers....
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghan officials say that severe conditions and lack of machinery are hampering efforts to reach people trapped, injured or dead after avalanches and flooding across large swaths of the country.
Mohammad Aslam Syas, deputy chief of the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority, says soldiers are distributing relief supplies Friday to people in areas unreachable by road.
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A parliamentary committee has recommended a major rewrite of draft laws that would force Australian telephone companies and Internet providers to store customers' personal data for the convenience of law enforcement agencies.
A key recommendation made by the Intelligence and Security Committee on Friday is that the law specifies exactly what personal data is to be retained.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Fijians will get the opportunity to design a new flag as the country prepares to ditch Britain's Union Jack.
Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama announced Friday the Pacific island nation was launching a two-month competition starting Monday to find the best replacement flag. He said a panel of citizens will chose the best designs, with the final decision going to lawmakers.
HONG KONG (AP) — A Hong Kong court has sentenced a woman to 6 years in prison for abusing her Indonesian maid in a case that triggered outrage over its brutality.
Law Wan-tung was found guilty earlier this month of 18 charges, including assault, grievous bodily harm, criminal intimidation and failure to pay wages or give time off work to Erwiana Sulistyaningsih.