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Pakistan opposition asks PM to quit over killing civilians

Jan. 23, 2019 1:01 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's opposition leader has asked the country's prime minister to resign after an investigation concluded that police killed an innocent couple and their teenage daughter in a botched operation. Shahbaz Sharif, in a fiery speech Wednesday in the National Assembly, also demanded the...

Sonia Gandhi's daughter enters India politics ahead of vote

Jan. 23, 2019 3:47 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A scion of India's most famous political dynasty on Wednesday formally entered politics, with the opposition Congress party assigning her a position as it prepares for national elections due before May. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is the 47-year-old daughter of Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. She...

Coroner: Couple intoxicated during fatal Yosemite fall

Jan. 22, 2019 6:02 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young couple from India who wrote a travel blog were intoxicated when they died in a fall from a scenic overlook in Yosemite National Park in California, according to an autopsy report released Tuesday. Menakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband Vishnu Viswanath, 29, each had intoxicating...

Pakistan probe finds police wrongly killed couple, daughter

Jan. 22, 2019 11:20 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A provincial minister says five police officers have been charged with murder after a probe into a weekend shootout concluded that three people were wrongly killed in a botched operation on a highway. At Tuesday's news conference, Raja Bisharat said four police officers were also...

Indian police arrest 61 Rohingya Muslims this week

Jan. 22, 2019 9:45 AM EST

GAUHATI,India (AP) — Police in northeastern India have arrested 61 Rohingya Muslims this week for illegal entry, officials said Tuesday, amid reports that more than 1,300 have recently crossed the border from India into Bangladesh. In Assam state, police said they arrested 30 Rohingya, including 12...

Death toll from deadly road accident in Pakistan jumps to 27

Jan. 22, 2019 2:44 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani officials have raised the death toll from a collision the previous day between a bus and an oil tanker to 27, saying DNA tests are required to identify most of the victims. Local administrator Shabbir Mengal says that 14 people injured in the accident died overnight at...

Indian police investigate suspected people smuggling to NZ

Jan. 21, 2019 8:51 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in southern India are investigating a suspected attempt to illegally transport scores of Indians on an overcrowded boat to New Zealand. The additional superintendent of police in Kerala state said police were questioning people who failed to board the fishing boat, who said it left...

Russia: 14 sailors killed when ships catch fire in Black Sea

Jan. 21, 2019 3:36 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Two Tanzanian-flagged commercial vessels caught fire in the Black Sea, leaving at least 14 sailors dead, Russian officials said Monday. Five other sailors were missing. The Federal Agency for the Sea and River Transport said the fire erupted while fuel was being pumped from one tanker to...

Bus collides with oil tanker in Pakistan, killing 13

Jan. 21, 2019 11:35 AM EST

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — A Pakistani official says a bus has collided with an oil tanker, killing 13 passengers and leaving another 16 with severe burns. Local administrator Shabbir Mengal says the crash happened Monday in the southwestern Baluchistan province bordering Iran. He says rescuers have recovered...

8 drown when boat capsizes in river in southern India

Jan. 21, 2019 11:06 AM EST

BANGALORE, India (AP) — At least eight people drowned when their boat capsized in a river in southern India on Monday as they were returning home from a religious festival on a nearby island, police said. Police officer Patil Vinayak said 18 people were rescued from the river in Karwar area in Karnataka...