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Death toll rises in eastern India in encephalitis outbreak

Jun. 19, 2019 4:09 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — Indian authorities say six more children have died in an encephalitis outbreak in eastern Bihar state, bringing the death toll to 112 children this month. A government health bulletin released Wednesday says 170 children are being treated at hospitals in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, 80...

Pakistan's army denies 'state agencies' killed activist

Jun. 18, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's army has condemned the killing of an outspoken critic of the country's political and military leaders, saying state security forces were not responsible for his death. Tuesday's reaction by an army spokesman, Maj. Gen. Asif Ghafoor, said it was "ill-intended propaganda to...

Pakistani army helicopter saves 6 climbers hit by avalanche

Jun. 18, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani army helicopter rescued on Tuesday four Italian and two Pakistani climbers stranded at an altitude of around 5,300 meters (17,390 feet) in the country's north, after an avalanche struck the team the previous day, a mountaineering worker said. A Pakistani member of the team was...

More than 100 children die in India in encephalitis outbreak

Jun. 18, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — More than 100 children have died in an encephalitis outbreak in India's eastern state of Bihar, authorities said Tuesday. Bihar health secretary Sanjay Kumar said 106 children had died and more than 430 others between the ages of 4 and 10 were being treated at hospitals in Muzaffarpur...

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...

The Latest: Helicopter saves 6 climbers in Pakistan's north

Jun. 18, 2019 6:35 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on a climbing expedition's rescue in Pakistan after being hit by an avalanche (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A Pakistani mountaineering official says an army helicopter has rescued four Italian and two Pakistani climbers stranded after an avalanche in the country's north. Mohammad...

Pakistani official says army helicopter has rescued 4 Italian and 2 Pakistani climbers stranded after avalanche.

Jun. 18, 2019 6:14 AM EDT
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani official says army helicopter has rescued 4 Italian and 2 Pakistani climbers stranded after avalanche.

Expert: UN failed before Rohingya crackdown in Myanmar

Jun. 18, 2019 1:32 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — An independent review of United Nations operations in the years before hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims fled a violent crackdown by Myanmar's military concluded that the organization's many bodies failed to act together, resulting in "systemic and structural failures." The...

Cat filter goof leaves Pakistanis scratching their whiskers

Jun. 17, 2019 10:47 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — It was a mistake that had some people in Pakistan scratching their whiskers. A regional minister was giving a briefing that was livestreamed on social media last week when viewers noticed the officials had unexpected feline features. The cat filter, a social media feature applying...

UN: World population expected to rise to 9.7 billion in 2050

Jun. 17, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world's population is getting older and growing at a slower pace but is still expected to increase from 7.7 billion currently to 9.7 billion in 2050, the United Nations said Monday. The U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs' Population Division said in a new report that...