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Indian woman who alleged gang rape dies after burn attack

Dec. 7, 2019 3:49 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An alleged rape victim in northern India set on fire on her way to a court hearing in the case she filed died in a hospital in New Delhi, officials said Saturday. The woman was attacked in the state of Uttar Pradesh by a group of men , including two of the five she had accused of gang rape...

AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

Dec. 7, 2019 12:45 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the...

Demonstrators besiege Pakistan newspaper 2nd time in a week

Dec. 6, 2019 9:55 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Dozens of protesters briefly besieged the office of a well-known independent newspaper in Islamabad, chanting slogans against the editor and staff and setting fire to copies of the paper before fleeing. Friday's protest was the second incident this week at the offices of the...

Thousands protest Indian citizenship bill excluding Muslims

Dec. 6, 2019 6:03 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — More than 1,000 students marched Friday in India’s northeast against a bill approved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from India's three Muslim-majority neighbors. The marchers took to the streets of Gauhati, the...

Indian police fatally shoot 4 suspects in gang-rape case

Dec. 6, 2019 5:56 AM EST

SHADNAGAR, India (AP) — Police on Friday fatally shot four men being held on suspicion of raping and killing a woman in southern India after investigators took them to the crime scene, drawing both praise and condemnation in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The burned body of the woman...

India's Muslims split in response to Hindu temple verdict

Dec. 6, 2019 12:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s largest Muslim political groups are divided over how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that favors Hindus’ right to a disputed site 27 years after Hindu nationalist mobs tore down a 16th century mosque, an event that unleashed torrents of religious-motivated...

Indian police official says four men accused of raping and killing woman in high-profile case have been killed by police

Dec. 5, 2019 11:47 PM EST
NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police official says four men accused of raping and killing woman in high-profile case have been killed by police.

2 Pakistani soldiers, 2 militants killed in shootout in NW

Dec. 5, 2019 9:46 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s military says its troops have raided a militant hideout in a former tribal region bordering Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed two soldiers and two militants. In a statement, it said Thursday’s shootout took place near the village of Boya in...

Maldives wants to restructure debt to China

Dec. 5, 2019 8:51 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Maldives foreign minister says his country needs to restructure its massive debt to China, which he says has put the Indian ocean archipelago in a difficult situation. Abdulla Shahid said the country's Chinese debt currently totals about $1.4 billion. He told reporters in...

Journalists rally to denounce threats to Pakistani newspaper

Dec. 5, 2019 8:29 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani journalists and rights activists have rallied in support of a leading newspaper in Islamabad and elsewhere, days after Islamists gathered at the newspaper, threatening staff and demanding its editor be hanged. At Thursday’s rally, activists and journalists condemned this...