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Prisons chief killed in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Oct. 04, 2022 07:52 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The prisons chief in Indian-controlled Kashmir has been killed, officials said Tuesday, as India’s powerful home minister arrived in the disputed Himalayan region on a three-day visit. The body of Director-General of Prisons Hemant Kumar Lohia bore multiple...

10 mountaineers killed after avalanche in northern India

Oct. 04, 2022 07:45 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least 10 trainee mountaineers died Tuesday after being swept away by an avalanche in the Himalayas in northern India, media reports said, as rescuers searched for 11 others missing. A group of 29 people was hit by an avalanche on a mountain peak located in the...

Bangladesh faces power blackout after national grid fails

Oct. 04, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — A failure in Bangladesh’s national power grid plunged much of the country into a blackout on Tuesday, officials said. Officials of the state-run Bangladesh Power Development Board said that power transmission failed somewhere in the eastern part of the...

UN flood aid appeal jumps amid disease surge in Pakistan

Oct. 04, 2022 07:20 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Alarmed by a surge in disease, the United Nations is asking for five times’ more international aid after deadly floods in Pakistan left millions of survivors homeless and at rising risk of waterborne diseases and other ailments. The U.N. on Tuesday raised its...

San Diego Zoo welcomes 41 endangered turtle hatchlings

Oct. 03, 2022 14:47 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It only took two decades, but a rare and endangered turtle species has finally bred at the San Diego Zoo. Zoo officials on Monday announced the arrival of 41 tiny Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle hatchlings. Conservationists from the San Diego...

UN chief: World is in `life-or-death struggle' for survival

Oct. 03, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that the world is in “a life-or-death struggle” for survival as “ climate chaos gallops ahead” and accused the world’s 20 wealthiest countries of failing to do enough to stop the planet from overheating. ...

Death toll in last week's Kabul school blast climbs to 52

Oct. 03, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Last week’s suicide bombing at a Kabul education center killed as many as 52 people, more than twice the death toll acknowledged by Taliban officials, according to a tally compiled by The Associated Press on Monday. Dozens more were wounded in Friday's blast,...

UN: 5.7 million Pakistani flood victims to face food crisis

Oct. 03, 2022 11:06 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The United Nations humanitarian agency warned Monday that about 5.7 million Pakistani flood survivors will face a serious food crisis in the next three months. A top U.N. official announced an increase in the humanitarian appeal for Pakistan to $816 million, from...

Pakistan court accepts ex-PM Khan's apology in contempt case

Oct. 03, 2022 07:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani court on Monday accepted former Prime Minister Imran Khan's written apology in a contempt case stemming from his outburst against a female judge that was seen as a threat, court officials and a defense lawyer said. The ruling by the Islamabad High Court...

AP PHOTOS: Kolkata artists paint, mold idols for Durga Puja

Oct. 03, 2022 03:51 AM EDT

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Spirits are soaring in India's “City of Joy” as tens of thousands of people jostle on Kolkata's streets in celebration of “Durga Puja,” the most important festival of the Bengali community. The five-day festival that began Saturday is marked by prayers...