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Indian soldiers recover bodies of 7 missing mountaineers

Jun. 23, 2019 11:52 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Indian paramilitary soldiers have reached the bodies of seven of eight members from a team of international climbers believed killed on a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain, an official said Sunday. An administrator of Uttarakhand state, Vijay Jogdande, said the soldiers reached...

Huge tent collapses at Indian ceremony, 14 reported dead

Jun. 23, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his concern over the collapse of a large tent at a religious ceremony that news reports said killed at least 14 people Sunday. Modi said in a tweet on his office's official account that the incident in Rajasthan state was "unfortunate. He said...

The Latest: Trump says he's in 'no hurry' to strike Iran

Jun. 22, 2019 2:25 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest on The United States and Iran's tensions over the shoot-down of a massive U.S. drone (all times local): 8:10 p.m. President Donald Trump says he abruptly called off the military strikes on Iran Thursday because the likely deaths of 150 Iranians would have been out of proportion...

India uses yoga diplomacy to assert rising global influence

Jun. 21, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — If China has panda diplomacy, India has yoga. Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day in his first year in power in 2014. Since then, just as China under President Xi Jinping has given countries pandas for their zoos...

Indian police officer jailed over death of person in custody

Jun. 20, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Thursday sentenced a former police officer who alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi's complicity in killings of Muslims in 2002 to life in prison over the death of a person in custody. Judge D.N. Vyas sentenced Sanjiv Bhatt in a case related to the arrest of 150 people,...

India creates new ministry to tackle growing water crisis

Jun. 20, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government has created a new ministry to respond to a growing water crisis, with more than 60% of the country's 1.3 billion people dependent on farming and favorable monsoon rains. Indian President Ram Nath Kovind told Parliament on Thursday that the new Ministry of Water Power...

Car bomb targets Indian army vehicle in Kashmir, 2 killed

Jun. 18, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Two Indian soldiers were killed in a car bombing that targeted an armored vehicle in disputed Kashmir, officials said Tuesday. Two other Indian soldiers and three rebels died in separate clashes. The car bomb late Monday struck the army vehicle as it passed through the southern...

Car bomb targets Indian army vehicle in Kashmir, 8 injured

Jun. 17, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A car bombing targeted an armored vehicle belonging to the Indian army in disputed Kashmir late Monday, wounding at least six soldiers and two civilians, officials said. Separately, an army officer and a suspected rebel were killed in a gunbattle. The Indian army said the attack was...

Dozens of new Indian parliamentarians face criminal charges

Jun. 16, 2019 9:01 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's recent national election delivered a historic victory to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party, but also exposed the influence of money, power and questionable morality on the world's largest democracy. Nearly 43% of the new members of the lower house of Parliament...

Indian authorities say no survivors of air force plane crash

Jun. 13, 2019 7:37 AM EDT

GAHUATI, India (AP) — There were no survivors of a military transport plane crash last week in a mountainous area near the border with China, Indian authorities said Thursday. A team of rescuers airlifted to a place lower on the mountain in Arunachal Pradesh, India's northeastern-most state, climbed up to...