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Why China Needs US Debt

Over the past two decades, the United States and China have developed a special relationship based on the safety of U.S. debt.

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Pakistan admits India attack link

A senior Pakistani official has admitted for the first time that last year’s attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai were partly planned in Pakistan.

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Dubai real estate bubble burst

No one knows how bad things have become, though it is clear that tens of thousands have left, real estate prices have crashed and scores of Dubai’s major construction projects have been suspended or canceled. But with the government unwilling to provide data, rumors are bound to flourish, damaging confidence and further undermining the economy.

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Satyam Scandal Shocks Indian IT Sector

The admission by Satyam Computer Services Ltd.’s chairman that he concocted key financial results sent shockwaves across the information-technology sector, raising questions about how the scandal will affect the company’s customers and rivals.

B. Ramalinga Raju, founder and chairman of one of India’s largest IT companies, resigned Wednesday after admitting to falsifying company accounts and inflating revenue and profit figures over several years, sending the company’s shares tumbling and triggering a probe by India’s capital market regulator.

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Pakistan and terrorism link clearer than ever-before

Fresh diplomatic tensions are on the rise between India and Pakistan over the Mumbai massacre, as Islamabad remains unmoved by a dossier of evidence presented by India purporting to show involvement by Pakistanis in the raid. Pakistan this week did admit that its investigations have confirmed that the sole surviving gunman involved in the November attacks is a Pakistani citizen — a fact that the government had refused to acknowledge until now.

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US global dominance ‘set to wane’

US economic, military and political dominance is likely to decline over the next two decades, according to a new US intelligence report on global trends. The National Intelligence Council (NIC) predicts China, India and Russia will increasingly challenge US influence.

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Malaysia outlaws yoga for Muslims

Millions of people in Malaysia have been banned from doing yoga because of fears it could corrupt Muslims. The Islamic authorities have issued a ruling, known as a fatwa, instructing the country’s Muslims to avoid yoga because of its Hindu roots.

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Citigroup weighs potential sale

Citgroup executives, faced with a plunging share price, began weighing the possibility of auctioning off pieces of the financial giant or even selling the company outright, the Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday, citing people familiar with the situation.

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The future of energy

While many of the world’s best business brains are exercising themselves over the current global banking and equities crisis, there is another issue which has the potential to dominate our lives far more in the longer term — energy.

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Chandrayaan 1 captured by Moon

India is celebrating the arrival of its Chandrayaan 1 spacecraft at the Moon.

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