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Moneycontrol Bureau There are chances that India may witness below normal rainfall this year due to the emergence of El Nino effect, said weather forecasting agency Skymet. This could spell some bad news for the agricultural sector as low or deficient rains could hurt farm output, thus impacting the overall growth. Also Read: Govt expects all-time high foodgrain production this year In a first indication towards the monsoon pattern in India, Skymet said the country may see an emerging stage of the El Nino phenomena through the monsoon months. Taking a cautious stance on the forecast as outlook often changes when the Summer sets in, Skymet said this year's Monsoon will probably not experience a La-Nina year (excess rainfall). Thus, there is a lesser chance of excess rain. "The chances of below normal rainfall are slightly higher than normal as of now," said the Skymet report.

Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

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Iraq launches attack to retake Tikrit from Islamic State

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's armed forces, backed by Shi'ite militia, attacked Islamic State strongholds north of Baghdad on Monday as they launched an offensive to retake the city of Tikrit and the s...


U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned

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U.S. spy chief says 40 Americans who went to Syria have returned

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About 180 Americans have travelled to Syria to join Islamist militants and around 40 of them have returned to the United States, the U.S. National Intelligence director, James C...

Nearly 30 countries 'highly vulnerable' to Ebola-style epidemic - charity

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Nearly 30 countries 'highly vulnerable' to Ebola-style epidemic - charity

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Almost 30 countries around the world are "highly vulnerable" to an Ebola-style epidemic, with Somalia, Chad, Nigeria, Afghanistan and Haiti most at risk...

Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

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Obama, Israel's Netanyahu clash over Iran diplomacy

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu clashed over Iran nuclear diplomacy on Monday on the eve of the Israeli prime ministers hotly disputed address to Congress, undersc...

Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

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Exclusive - Obama says Iran must halt key nuclear work for at least a decade

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran must commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on sensitive nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but the odds are still against sealing a fin...

Bomb near top Cairo court house kills two; other blasts hit capital

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Bomb near top Cairo court house kills two; other blasts hit capital

CAIRO (Reuters) - Two people were killed when a bomb exploded near a top court building in central Cairo, the health ministry said, the deadliest attack in three blasts to hit the Egyptian capital on ...

Accused al Qaeda operative wrote in code about UK bomb plot - U.S.

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Accused al Qaeda operative wrote in code about UK bomb plot - U.S.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - A Pakistani man used a code in which women's names substituted for bomb materials when he would email with al Qaeda about a plot to kill hundreds of people in England in 2009, a U...