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India's court ends hearings in Hindu-Muslim temple dispute

Oct. 16, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Wednesday ended hearings to settle a land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site in northern India where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly violence. The five judges are expected to...

India to allow tourists back into locked-down Kashmir

Oct. 8, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir will allow tourists back into the region two months after ordering them to leave because of security concerns amid an Indian crackdown, an official said Tuesday. But tourists are unlikely to experience normal life in the disputed area or be able to...

Correction: India-Gandhi Anniversary story

Oct. 4, 2019 5:58 AM EDT

GURGAON, India (AP) — In a story Oct. 1 about the birth anniversary of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the Indian flag depicts Gandhi's spinning wheel. It is the Ashok Chakra, or wheel of Indian emperor Ashoka. The story also misidentified the...

India's moves in Kashmir raise tension in part next to China

Oct. 2, 2019 3:34 AM EDT

LEH, India (AP) — Nearly two months after the Indian government changed the status of the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, new tensions are brewing in Ladakh, a remote and picturesque part of that territory that borders China. On Aug. 5, New Delhi stripped Indian-controlled Kashmir of its statehood...

Indian home minister promises non-Muslim citizenship bill

Oct. 1, 2019 9:12 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government plans to revive a bill that would give non-Muslim refugees citizenship even before a controversial citizen registry in one northeastern state has been finalized, Home Minister Amit Shah said Tuesday. Shah, the leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist...

Pakistan arrests 3 over attack on temple, Hindu homes

Sep. 16, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say they have arrested three people after a mob of angry Muslims ransacked a Hindu temple over the weekend and damaged a school and several homes belonging to the minority community in the southwestern town of Ghotki. The attack followed accusations that a Hindu...

AP Photos: Nepal festival season starts with goddess, dance

Sep. 13, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Devotees pulled a girl believed to be a living goddess, Kumari, around Nepal's capital on a wooden chariot as tens of thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse and receive a blessing. President Bidhya Devi Bhadari and other top officials were among those seeking a...

Decades after fleeing, Kashmiri Hindus still fear going back

Sep. 3, 2019 8:40 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Dr. L.N. Dhar vividly remembers the cold morning in Kashmir nearly 30 years ago. He left behind his plush bungalow and a prestigious job at a government hospital, becoming a refugee on the run almost overnight, with nothing but a small bag hurriedly stuffed with whatever clothes and cash...

India's contentious citizen register attacked from all sides

Sep. 2, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Like many people in the northeast Indian state of Assam, Sajid Ali Ahmed, 25, is worried because his name did not appear on a controversial citizenship list released by the state government over the weekend. Sajid, a close relative of India's fifth president, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, and...

Citizenship list in Indian state sparks fears for millions

Aug. 30, 2019 12:38 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — On the day before his five children were to appear in front of a tribunal in India's northeastern state of Assam to prove they were not in the country illegally, Rahim Ali hanged himself outside their corrugated metal shanty in the Muslim village of Banti Pur, his wife said. He was worried...