Shift in China's policy to hit Indian cotton and yarn exports

Coimbatore, June 18 (ANI): Indian raw cotton exports are expected to plummet around 20 percent in the next crop year, with demand from China fading as Beijing unwinds a controversial stockpiling scheme. That would be greater than the nearly 6 percent drop touted for this year, with the change in Chinese policy coming on top of rising cotton consumption in India and a spurt in exports of finished yarn. Cotton markets around the world have been watching closely as China abandons a stockpiling scheme under which it has amassed more than 10 million tonnes of the fibre - around 60 percent of global cotton inventories. The policy had driven up import demand by removing cotton from the domestic market and pushing up local prices. Jun 18, 2014

Soccer fan in Kerala names his house on favourite soccer team 'Brazil'

Kerala, June 18 (ANI): An ardent follower of FIFA World Cup rebuilt his house in Thrissur district of Kerala and named it after his favourite soccer team 'Brazil'. Shaji, who has named his house 'Brazil Niwas' (Brazil Residence), decided to renovate it two years back and has painted it in colours of Brazil soccer team. Several household items, even toys, have Brazil's national flag painted on them. Shaji collected items like cap, jersey, horn and slippers, which helped him to nurture his passion towards sport and also the team. Shaji's passion for the game started during 1986 World Cup, when Brazil and France played. He wishes to visit his favourite country, Brazil, to watch the match. Jun 18, 2014

Israel stepped up efforts to find the kidnapped teens

Israel stepped up efforts to crush Hamas in the West Bank on Tuesday as the hunt for three Israeli teenagers believed kidnapped by the Islamist movement entered its fifth day in Hebron, June 17, 2014. Duration: 00:41 Jun 18, 2014

Church in Ukraine's Slavyansk damaged by shelling

The anti-Kiev activists' checkpoint in eastern Slavyansk came under the fire on Monday, damaging the Seraphim Sarovsky Church, located about 200 meters away, and the bridge connecting the suburb to the center of town. Duration: 00:29 Jun 18, 2014

Roma teen assaulted in France fights for his life

A gruesome vigilante assault on a Roma teenager who is now fighting for his life has shocked France, with President Francois Hollande dubbing the savage beating an "unspeakable and unjustifiable" act. Jun 18, 2014

Giant Asia telecom fair opens in Singapore

One of Asia's largest telecommunication fairs opened Tuesday in Singapore, showcasing next-generation broadcast, phone and other communications technology. Duration: 00:28 Jun 18, 2014

Uganda fights HIV with rubber band circumcision

With trousers around his ankles, Justin Igalla awaits a tight rubber band for his foreskin, an innovative non-surgical technique rolling out in several African nations to encourage circumcision and cut HIV infection rates. Duration: 02:44 Jun 18, 2014

British government to reopen embassy in Tehran

Britain plans to reopen its embassy in Iran, Foreign Secretary William Hague announced Tuesday, as the West steps up its engagement with Tehran amid rapid jihadist advances in neighbouring Iraq. Duration: 00:45 Jun 18, 2014