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Indian coal magnate Gautam Adani steps up green investments

Dec. 02, 2022 11:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Asia’s richest man, Gautam Adani, made his vast fortune betting on coal as an energy hungry India grew swiftly after liberalizing its economy in the 1990s. He's now set his sights on becoming the world's biggest renewable energy player, by 2030, by promising to...

AP's top 2022 photos capture a planet bursting at the seams

Dec. 01, 2022 00:32 AM EST

Taken together, they can convey the feeling of a world convulsing — 150 Associated Press images from across 2022, showing the fragments that make up our lives and freezing in time the moments that somehow, these days, seem to pass faster than ever. Here: a man recovering items from...

Pakistan's ex-PM Khan says his party to quit all assemblies

Nov. 27, 2022 01:03 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former premier Imran Khan said Saturday his party was quitting the country's regional and national assemblies, as he made his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month. Khan, a former cricket star turned politician,...

VP Harris assures Asian leaders US is 'here to stay'

Nov. 18, 2022 03:23 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris assured Asian leaders Friday that “the United States is here to stay” as she pitched Washington as a reliable economic partner committed to the region and its prosperity. Harris told leaders at the Asia Pacific Economic...

Sri Lanka urged to drop terror charges for 2 protest leaders

Nov. 17, 2022 02:57 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Sri Lankan government is being urged to drop charges against two protest leaders detained for more than three months following the anti-government demonstrations that engulfed the island nation earlier this year. Amnesty International also renewed its...

Sri Lanka aims to hike taxes in budget to soften crisis

Nov. 14, 2022 07:41 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president on Monday proposed to more than double the country’s tax revenue as the island nation struggles to come out from its worst economic crisis. Unsustainable debt, a severe balance of payment crisis on top of lingering scars of the...

Maldives fire in building housing foreign workers kills 10

Nov. 10, 2022 04:58 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A fire early Thursday in a building housing foreign workers in the Maldives capital killed 10 people and injured another critically, police said. Maldives police spokesman Yoonus Sobah said the fire broke out in the building after midnight. He said the...

Singapore rescues 300 suspected migrants from sinking boat

Nov. 07, 2022 20:31 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's navy said Monday that about 300 suspected migrants have been rescued by Singapore authorities after their boat started sinking. Navy spokesperson Indika de Silva said a Sri Lankan citizen on the boat contacted the navy Monday and said they were...

Devi the elephant, 45, euthanized at San Diego Zoo

Nov. 04, 2022 18:59 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 45-year-old female Asian elephant was euthanized because of her deteriorating health from age-related problems, the San Diego Zoo announced Friday. Devi had been undergoing therapy but her mobility had declined and wildlife care specialists “made the difficult...

Booker Prize winner lets ghosts of Sri Lanka's past speak

Nov. 02, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Shehan Karunatilaka wrote his Booker Prize-winning novel “The Seven Moons of Maali Almeida” to give voice to Sri Lanka’s dead. He hoped the ghosts of the country’s bloody past could speak to its troubled present. When the book became a finalist for the...