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India's marathon election ends, vote count begins Thursday

May. 19, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Voting in India's mammoth national election ended Sunday with the seventh and final phase of a grueling poll that lasted more than five weeks, as exit polls predicted a victory for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and its allies. Vote counting begins on Thursday,...

Indian minister projects ruling party win as polls near end

May. 10, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian government minister said Friday that she's confident her Bharatiya Janata Party will remain in power when general elections conclude this month, and that minorities in Hindu-majority India have nothing to fear from five more years of the Hindu nationalist ideology the party...

Modi flexes muscles in Kashmir to woo India's Hindu voters

May. 6, 2019 1:38 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Shortly before India's mammoth elections began in April, New Delhi did something unprecedented: It banned civilian traffic on the only major highway connecting the heart of disputed Kashmir with the rest of the country. The government cited unspecified security threats for the twice...

Thai king is officially crowned, boosting his regal power

May. 4, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn was officially crowned amid the splendor of the country's Grand Palace, taking the central role in an elaborate centuries-old royal ceremony that was last held almost seven decades ago. The coronation represents a renewal of the monarchy's power after the...

Latest round of India's national election marred by violence

Apr. 29, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The fourth phase of India's staggered national election Monday was marred by multiple clashes that injured at least seven people and led to security forces firing warning shots outside one polling station. A junior minister in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party, Babul...

PM Modi files nomination papers in India's general election

Apr. 26, 2019 6:34 AM EDT

VARANASI, India (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi filed nomination papers Friday in a Hindu holy city, hoping to hold onto the seat for a second time in India's general elections. He prayed at a temple before arriving at the election office in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state, flanked by Amit Shah,...

I killed as Indians vote in 3rd phase of national elections

Apr. 23, 2019 11:13 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — One person was killed as Indians voted Tuesday in the third phase of the country's general election, amid campaigning by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party and the opposition that has been marred by bitter accusations and acrimony. Police said a 52-year-old man was...

2nd phase of Indian elections ends amid Kashmir lockdown

Apr. 18, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Voting in the second phase of India's general election on Thursday remained largely peaceful amid massive security and a lockdown in parts of the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Indian officials said the turnout was over 60% across 13 Indian states where voting took place....

Pakistan watchdog decries forced conversions, curbs on media

Apr. 15, 2019 8:06 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An independent rights watchdog on Monday raised concerns about incidents in Pakistan of forced conversions and marriages of girls from the country's minority Hindu and Christian community to Muslim men. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in it annual report said lawmakers need to pass...

4 killed in Indian election violence as voting kicks off

Apr. 11, 2019 12:44 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — At least four people were killed in clashes Thursday on the first day of polling in India's general elections, a six-week process that's seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, officials said Thursday. Police said two workers...