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Japanese collector returns ancient artifacts to Cambodia

Jul. 5, 2019 3:07 AM EDT

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Millennium-old Cambodian artifacts displayed in a Japanese collector's home for two decades have been returned to the Southeast Asian country's National Museum. The 85 artifacts are mostly small bronze items and include statues of Buddha and the Hindu god Shiva, plus jars,...

Indian political scion Rahul Gandhi resigns as party leader

Jul. 3, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rahul Gandhi resigned Wednesday as president of India's opposition Congress party, long led by his politically powerful family, to take responsibility for its crushing defeat in recent elections. Gandhi announced his resignation on Twitter, saying he was stepping down because...

Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Kashmir

Jul. 2, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Thousands of Hindu pilgrims began the arduous trek to an icy Himalayan cave in disputed Kashmir on Monday, with tens of thousands of Indian government forces guarding roads and mountain passes. The pilgrims, many of them barefooted ascetics, chanted hymns and rang bells as they...

Huge tent collapses at Indian ceremony, 14 reported dead

Jun. 23, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his concern over the collapse of a large tent at a religious ceremony that news reports said killed at least 14 people Sunday. Modi said in a tweet on his office's official account that the incident in Rajasthan state was "unfortunate. He said...

India uses yoga diplomacy to assert rising global influence

Jun. 21, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — If China has panda diplomacy, India has yoga. Prime Minister Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day in his first year in power in 2014. Since then, just as China under President Xi Jinping has given countries pandas for their zoos...

4 riding in non-air-conditioned train car die in Indian heat

Jun. 12, 2019 1:31 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Four people returning from a Hindu pilgrimage have died while traveling in a non-air-conditioned coach on an Indian train during a summer heat wave. Temperatures during the day Tuesday had soared to 48 Celsius (118 Fahrenheit). Railway official Manoj Kumar says the four, who were...

AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival showers Indian town with turmeric

Jun. 4, 2019 5:00 AM EDT

JEJURI, India (AP) — When the new moon coincides with a Monday, the small Indian town of Jejuri in western Maharashtra state sparkles with gold. During the Bhandara Festival, or the Festival of Turmeric, which falls on Feb. 4, June 3 and Oct. 28 this year, devotees worship Lord Khandoba and celebrate his...

India's new government signals Hindu and India-first goals

May. 31, 2019 6:59 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's newly sworn-in Prime Minister Narendra Modi named a Cabinet on Friday, handing the powerful home affairs portfolio to the president of his Hindu nationalist party credited with delivering him a thunderous reelection and appointing a former diplomat to signal the government's focus...

Brownback to be honored for work as religious freedom envoy

May. 30, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback will be honored for his work as U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom. The Kansas City Star reports that the Hindu American Foundation plans to give Brownback its Mahatma Gandhi Award for Advancing Pluralism. The foundation said...

Pakistani police arrest Hindu vet on charges of blasphemy

May. 28, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say they have arrested a veterinarian from the country's tiny minority Hindu community on charges of desecrating Islam's holy book in southern Sindh province. Local police chief Zahid Leghari said on Tuesday that Ramesh Kumar was arrested the day before on...