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Popular Pakistani restaurant stands test of time in Dubai

Jul. 02, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — In a city boasting champagne brunches with views of the sea, Michelin star restaurants, and endless high-end Asian food options, a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant with plastic chairs and metal tables is one of Dubai’s go-to spots. Ravi...

Afghan clerics' assembly urges recognition of Taliban govt

Jul. 02, 2022 11:56 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A three-day assembly of Islamic clerics and tribal elders in the Afghan capital concluded Saturday with pledges of support for the Taliban and calls on the international community to recognize the country's Taliban-led government. The meeting in Kabul was tailored...

India stops Kashmiri photojournalist from flying to Paris

Jul. 02, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning Kashmiri photojournalist said on Saturday that she was stopped by Indian immigration authorities from flying to Paris without giving any reason. In a tweet, Sanna Irshad Mattoo said she was scheduled to travel from New Delhi to Paris for a...

Rescuers recover 26 dead from mudslide in India's northeast

Jul. 02, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Fresh rain and falling boulders on Saturday hampered rescuers who have so far pulled out 26 bodies from the debris of a mudslide that wiped out a railroad construction site in India’s northeast, officials said. Rescue work is expected to continue for a...

After two pandemic years, a summer travel bounce — and chaos

Jul. 01, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — At a tourism conference in Phuket last month, Thailand’s prime minister looked out at attendees and posed a question with a predictable answer. “Are you ready?” Prayuth Chan-ocha asked, dramatically removing his mask and launching what's hoped to be the...

Mudslide leaves 19 dead, 50 missing in northeast India

Jul. 01, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Rescuers found more bodies Friday as they resumed searching for dozens of missing after a mudslide triggered by weeks of heavy downpours killed at least 19 people at a railroad construction site in India's northeast, officials said. Soldiers joined more than...

Zoroastrians confront depletion of their ancient faith

Jul. 01, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Among the world’s present-day religions, Zoroastrianism, founded more than 3,000 years ago, is one of the most ancient and historically influential. Yet even though its adherents maintain vibrant communities on four continents, they acknowledge their numbers are dauntingly small...

Cups, straws, spoons: India starts on single-use plastic ban

Jul. 01, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people. For the first stage, it has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a...

Taliban supreme leader prays for Afghanistan's quake victims

Jul. 01, 2022 05:50 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban’s supreme leader offered prayers Friday for Afghanistan's earthquake victims during a speech to Islamic clerics in Kabul. The tremor in June killed more than 1,000 people in the eastern part of the country. State radio aired Haibatullah...

Mudslide in northeast India leaves 14 dead, over 30 missing

Jun. 30, 2022 13:39 PM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Pounding rain following weeks of heavy downpours triggered a mudslide in northeast India that killed at least 14 people and left more than 30 others missing, authorities said Thursday. Disaster response workers, police and local villagers were trying to rescue...