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The two-day bank strike has hit banking services across the country. Nearly 15 crores cheques worth Rs 14 lakh crore remained uncleared as 10 lakh PSU bank employees stayed away from work. Unions say cash dried up at various ATMs and all government transactions came to a halt. Public sector bank employees' union called for a strike to press for an immediate revision in wages higher than what is proposed by the banks. The Indian Banks' Association which is the industry body of banks has agreed to offer a 10 percent wage hike which is an outgo of over Rs 3000 crore for PSU banks.

Indonesia president to make new cabinet picks after 8 rejected

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Indonesia president to make new cabinet picks after 8 rejected

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who won election on a vow of clean government, said on Wednesday he would have to find new people to fill some of his cabinet posts after the anti...


Air strikes kills around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq - residents

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Air strikes kills around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq - residents

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.They said a series of bombings beginning in...

Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses

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Drugmakers to join forces to make millions of Ebola vaccine doses

LONDON (Reuters) - Leading drugmakers plan to work together to accelerate development of an Ebola vaccine and produce millions of doses of the most effective experimental product for use next year.Joh...

Red Cross head says Ebola travel bans "irrational"

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Red Cross head says Ebola travel bans "irrational"

BEIJING (Reuters) - Closing borders will not effectively curb Ebola infections, the head of the Red Cross said on Wednesday, amid debate over whether bans on travel from hardest-hit African countries ...

Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

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Kerry welcomes North Korea's release of American, restates terms for resuming talks

BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the release of one of three Americans held in North Korea and said Washington is willing to resume talks with Pyongyang if it takes...

Hong Kong protesters march after fruitless talks with government

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Hong Kong protesters march after fruitless talks with government

HONG KONG (Reuters) - About 200 Hong Kong protesters marched to the home of the city's Beijing-backed leader on Wednesday to push their case for greater democracy a day after talks between student lea...

Kerry says status quo between Israel, Palestinians "unsustainable"

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Kerry says status quo between Israel, Palestinians "unsustainable"

BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that current relations between Israel and Palestine were "unsustainable" and that the United States was conscious of t...