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Bangladesh seeks China help to repatriate Rohingya refugees

Aug. 07, 2022 21:42 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Sunday sought cooperation from China to repatriate Rohingya refugees to Myanmar during a visit by Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who promised better trade ties, investment and support for infrastructure development in the South Asian nation. China...

Police break up Muslim gathering in Kashmir, dozens detained

Aug. 07, 2022 09:47 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police on Sunday detained dozens of people in Indian-controlled Kashmir as they dispersed Shiite Muslims who attempted to participate in processions marking the Muslim month of Muharram. Scores of Muslims defied severe security restrictions in parts of the...

Gunmen kill 4 in attack targeting lawmaker in NW Pakistan

Aug. 07, 2022 03:31 AM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen shot dead four people including two police in northwestern Pakistan in an attack targeting a provincial lawmaker from former Prime Minister Imran Khan's political party, police said. Lawmaker Malik Liaqat Khan — no relation to Imran Khan — of...

Police: 4th Muslim killed in Albuquerque over past 9 months

Aug. 06, 2022 19:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police say the killing of a Muslim man on Friday night in Albuquerque may be linked to the ambush shooting deaths of three Muslim men over the past nine months in New Mexico’s biggest city. Police said Saturday that the victim in the latest killing was a...

Taliban: Bomb blast kills 2 people in Shiite area of Kabul

Aug. 06, 2022 12:30 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb went off Saturday in a minority Shiite neighborhood of the Afghan capital, killing at least two people and wounding 22, a Taliban official said. According to Khalid Zadran, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the Kabul police chief, the explosion occurred in...

Monks’ role in Sri Lanka protests raises familiar questions

Aug. 05, 2022 15:39 PM EDT

(RNS) — The street protests that drove Sri Lanka’s President Gotabaya Rajapaksa from office last month brought together people from across the country’s diverse and sometimes warring ethno-religious groups: Tamils, Muslims, Christians and Sinhala Buddhists — including, unmistakably, the...

Taliban say bomb kills 8 people in Shiite area of Kabul

Aug. 05, 2022 14:15 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A bomb hidden in a cart went off on Friday near a mosque in a minority Shiite neighborhood of the Afghan capital, killing at least eight people and wounding 18, a Taliban official said. Also Friday, hundreds of Afghans — apparently organized by the Taliban —...

Indian police block opposition protests over price increases

Aug. 05, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police detained dozens of lawmakers from the opposition Congress party, including key leader Rahul Gandhi, as they attempted to march Friday to the president’s palace and prime minister’s residence to protest soaring food and fuel prices and an increase in the goods...

India raises interest rate to 5.4%, in 3rd hike since May

Aug. 05, 2022 05:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s central bank on Friday raised its key interest rate by 50 basis points to 5.4% in its third such hike since May as it focuses on containing inflation. Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das projected inflation at 6.7% in this financial year. June...

Grenade at store selling flags in southwest Pakistan kills 1

Aug. 04, 2022 15:44 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Suspected separatists threw a grenade at a roadside store selling Pakistani national flags in southwestern Baluchistan province on Thursday night, killing a man and wounding 14 people, police said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack in...