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Over 180 people killed after heavy rains in Nepal and India

Oct. 21, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Floods and landslides triggered by days of torrential rains have killed at least 99 people in Nepal since Monday, officials said. In neighboring India, heavy downpours this week have also wreaked havoc, killing at least 88 people, while flooding...

US: More threats, more desperate refugees as climate warms

Oct. 21, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Earth's warming and resulting natural disasters are creating a more dangerous world of desperate leaders and peoples, the Biden administration said Thursday in the federal government's starkest assessments yet of security and migration challenges facing the United...

Iran awards scientific prize to 2 US-based physicists

Oct. 21, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Thursday awarded a prestigious prize in the study of science and technology to two physicists based in the United States. Harvard University physics professor Cumrun Vafa received The Mustafa Prize in the field of “All Areas of Science and...

Pakistan's FM says country will boost trade with Afghanistan

Oct. 21, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister on Thursday said his country will keep its border with Afghanistan open around the clock to support bilateral trade and the new Taliban-led government. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi made the announcement...

UN experts to Pakistan: Release man charged with blasphemy

Oct. 21, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — United Nations human rights experts urged Pakistan on Thursday to release a Christian man who was detained two years ago for insulting Islam's Prophet Muhammad and is believed to be mentally ill. Stephen Masih, who was arrested in March 2019, has yet to...

India celebrates 1B vaccine doses, hopes to speed 2nd shots

Oct. 21, 2021 10:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India celebrated giving its billionth COVID-19 vaccine dose on Thursday, a hopeful milestone for the South Asian country where the delta variant fueled a crushing surge earlier this year and missteps initially held back its inoculation campaign. About...

Bomb hits security vehicle in northwest Pakistan, killing 4

Oct. 20, 2021 12:08 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A roadside bomb struck a vehicle carrying security forces in a former stronghold of local militants in northwest Pakistan on Wednesday, killing four, police said. The attack happened in Bajur, a district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province on...

Maldives minister: Failure to limit warming a death sentence

Oct. 20, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — A failure to limit global warming could mean a “death sentence” for small island nations like the Maldives, including the end of their livelihoods and cultures, the country’s environment minister said Wednesday. Almost all countries...

46 dead after heavy rains, landslides in northern India

Oct. 20, 2021 08:27 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — At least 46 people have died and several are missing after floods triggered by heavy rains hit the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand, officials said Wednesday. Rescuers worked through the night to retrieve bodies stuck in debris and to evacuate...

Wave of killings triggers memories of dark past in Kashmir

Oct. 20, 2021 01:27 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Kashmiri Hindu activist was listening to religious hymns on his cellphone when he was interrupted by a tragic WhatsApp message. It brought news of a fatal shooting of a prominent chemist from his community, just a few miles from the activist’s home in Srinagar,...