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The Latest: Indian government dismisses excess deaths study

Jul. 22, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

DELHI, India — India's government has dismissed a recent study which estimated that the country's excess deaths during the pandemic could be 10 times the official COVID-19 toll, calling it “misleading” and “fallacious." On Tuesday, new research by the Center for...

Indian farmers protest agriculture laws near Parliament

Jul. 22, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — More than 200 farmers demonstrated Thursday near India’s Parliament to mark eight months of protests against agricultural laws they say will devastate their livelihoods. The protesters waving white, green and orange flags arrived in police-escorted...

The Latest: South Korea hits pandemic high for daily cases

Jul. 20, 2021 22:19 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea has reported a new daily high for coronavirus cases, putting pressure on authorities to extend their toughest distancing rules. The 1,784 cases confirmed in the previous 24-hour period is the biggest single-day jump since the pandemic...

Protests erupt in India's Parliament over spyware scandal

Jul. 20, 2021 20:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Parliament erupted in protests on Tuesday as opposition lawmakers accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of using military-grade spyware to monitor political opponents, journalists and activists. The session was disrupted...

India internet law adds to fears over online speech, privacy

Jul. 15, 2021 01:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — It began in February with a tweet by pop star Rihanna that sparked widespread condemnation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s handling of massive farmer protests near the capital, souring an already troubled relationship between the government and Twitter. ...

Indian, Chinese foreign ministers discuss border standoff

Jul. 14, 2021 22:31 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The foreign ministers of India and China met in Tajikistan on Wednesday with New Delhi stressing that a military standoff along a mountainous border area was profoundly disturbing their ties, and warning that any unilateral change in the status quo by Beijing was...

Indian troops kill 3 suspected militants in Kashmir shootout

Jul. 14, 2021 09:57 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Government forces killed three suspected militants in a shootout in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Wednesday, officials said, triggering anti-India protests and clashes between troops and residents. The Indian military said militants opened fire at...

Canada PM: 'Heart breaks' with more Indigenous graves found

Jul. 13, 2021 15:28 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his “heart breaks” after the discovery of more unmarked graves on the grounds of an Indigenous residential school in the southern Gulf Islands off the British Columbia coast. The...

Indian officials say 10 combatants killed in Kashmir

Jul. 08, 2021 12:00 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Eight suspected rebels and two Indian soldiers were killed in a series of counterinsurgency operations in disputed Kashmir, police said Thursday, as many shops were shut in parts of the region to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of a popular rebel commander...

India's Modi drops 12 Cabinet ministers in massive reshuffle

Jul. 07, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a massive Cabinet revamp, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi dropped 12 senior Cabinet ministers on Wednesday and inducted a younger team aimed at refurbishing his government’s image after widespread criticism of its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. ...