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COVID, China, climate: Online Davos event tackles big themes

Jan. 15, 2022 02:36 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the World Economic Forum's annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other heavyweights to go virtual for the second year in a row, but organizers still hope to catapult the world into thinking about the future with a scaled-down...

Thousands gather at Hindu festival in India as virus surges

Jan. 14, 2022 03:47 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Tens of thousands of devout Hindus, led by heads of monasteries and ash-smeared ascetics, took a holy dip into the frigid waters of the Ganges River in northern India on Friday despite rising COVID-19 infections in the country. Hindu pilgrims congregated at...

Top Indian court intervenes in hate speeches against Muslims

Jan. 12, 2022 05:14 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Wednesday said it will take up a petition seeking prosecution of several saffron-robed Hindu religious leaders for allegedly making highly provocative speeches against Muslims at a closed-door meeting last month. Three Supreme Court judges...

Sri Lanka seeks Chinese debt restructuring amid crisis

Jan. 09, 2022 12:32 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The president of debt-ridden Sri Lanka on Sunday asked China for the restructuring of its loans and access to preferential credit for imports of essential goods, as the island nation struggles in the throes of its worst economic crisis, partly due to Beijing-financed...

Lessons forgotten: Election rallies feed Indian virus surge

Jan. 08, 2022 06:55 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Coronavirus cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant are rocketing through India, prompting the federal government and states to swiftly reintroduce a string of restrictions. Night curfews are back. Restaurants and bars are running at half their...

India sends medicines to Afghanistan, wheat to follow

Jan. 07, 2022 08:07 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India delivered two tons of medicines to Afghanistan on Friday, although it has not officially recognized its Taliban government. The medicine was given to Kabul’s Indira Gandhi Hospital, which was set up with Indian assistance in 2004, Indian External Affairs...

Suspects held after fake online sale of Indian Muslim women

Jan. 04, 2022 07:17 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India have detained a man and a woman alleged to be involved in the offering for sale of prominent Muslim women on a fake online auction website, according to government officials, in a case that has sparked outrage across the country. The cyber unit of...

India vaccinates teens aged 15 to 18 as virus cases rise

Jan. 03, 2022 01:54 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian health authorities Monday began vaccinating teens in the age group of 15 to 18, as more states started to enforce tighter restrictions to arrest a new surge stoked by the infectious omicron variant. State governments across India administered doses at...

12 dead in crowd surge at popular Hindu shrine in Kashmir

Jan. 01, 2022 06:06 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A crowd surge at a popular Hindu shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 12 people and injured 15 others on New Year’s Day, officials said. Initial reports suggested an altercation between a group of devotees led to the crush early Saturday at...

Hindu religious leader held for insulting Gandhi in India

Dec. 30, 2021 02:09 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police on Thursday arrested a Hindu religious leader for allegedly making a derogatory speech against India’s independence leader Mohandas Gandhi and praising his assassin. Mahatma Gandhi was shot dead by a Hindu extremist during a prayer meeting in the...