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Sri Lankan top court suspends decree dissolving Parliament

Nov. 13, 2018 7:33 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Supreme Court on Tuesday suspended the president's order to dissolve Parliament and hold new elections, opening the way for lawmakers to vote on whether to accept his earlier ouster of the prime minister. Sri Lanka has been in a political crisis since Oct. 26, when...

Mahathir slams Myanmar's Suu Kyi for handling of Rohingya

Nov. 13, 2018 11:02 AM EST

SINGAPORE (AP) — Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed sharply criticized Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday for her handling of an ethnic crisis that led to mass killings and the exodus of more than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims from her country. Mahathir said Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi was...

UN rights chief urges halt to Rohingya repatriation plan

Nov. 13, 2018 9:59 AM EST

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says Bangladesh's government should halt plans to repatriate more than 2,200 Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar, saying such a move would endanger their lives. Michelle Bachelet's comments are among the strongest yet from a top U.N. official about the planned repatriation...

Sri Lankan Supreme Court suspends president's dissolution of Parliament; lawmakers to meet Wednesday amid crisis

Nov. 13, 2018 7:58 AM EST
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Supreme Court suspends president's dissolution of Parliament; lawmakers to meet Wednesday amid crisis.

Binny Bansal out as CEO of Flipkart Group

Nov. 13, 2018 7:56 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The co-founder of Flipkart, the massive online retail operation in India acquired by Walmart this year, has stepped down as CEO following an allegation of serious personal misconduct. Walmart, which purchased a $16 billion controlling stake in Flipkart Group in May, the largest single...

India's top court to re-examine Hindu temple ruling

Nov. 13, 2018 6:48 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court has agreed to re-examine a ruling that lifted a ban on women of menstruating age from entering a Hindu temple after near-constant protests backed by both India's ruling party and the main opposition party. The Press Trust of India reports that the Supreme Court decided...

Group says millions of Pakistani girls deprived of education

Nov. 13, 2018 5:54 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Millions of girls in Pakistan are still out of school, mostly because the government spends less money on education, a leading international rights group said Tuesday — a dire warning that follows Prime Minister Imran Khan's promises to offer education to all children. With a...

Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business

Nov. 13, 2018 4:24 AM EST

KUTUPALONG, Bangladesh (AP) — Abul Kalam sits cross-legged on the floor of his tiny mud hut and whispers prayers into a small plastic bottle filled with water, creating what he says is a potion that will cure stomach cramps. "I got these powers in my dreams," he says. "People come to me because I heal...

Afghan leader tells US audience that Taliban not winning war

Nov. 12, 2018 5:31 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The president of Afghanistan told a U.S. audience Monday that his country is not losing the war to the Taliban and is not at risk of collapse amid escalating attacks by the militant group and an expansion of the territory it controls. President Ashraf Ghani said his administration is...

Pakistan frees 2 Taliban members as US envoy visits region

Nov. 12, 2018 1:09 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan released two Taliban officials on Monday during U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad's latest visit to the region, in what could be part of American efforts to revive peace talks with the insurgent group, which now controls nearly half of Afghanistan. Abdul Samad Sani, a U.S.-designated...