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Dalai Lama marks 87th birthday by opening library and museum

Jul. 06, 2022 07:33 AM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked his 87th birthday on Wednesday by inaugurating a library and museum in his hillside Indian headquarters. He was cheered by a large number of followers, including American actor Richard Gere, a longtime disciple....

Reports: Twitter challenges India order to block content

Jul. 05, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twitter on Tuesday challenged the Indian government in court over its recent orders to take down some content on the social media platform, media outlets reported. The lawsuit was filed in the Karnataka High Court in southern Bengaluru city and comes after the...

In Kashmir, 'conscious music' tests India’s limits on speech

Jul. 05, 2022 02:05 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Sarfaraz Javaid thumps his chest rhythmically in the music video, swaying to the guitar and letting his throaty voice ring out through the forest: “What kind of soot has shrouded the sky? It has turned my world dark. ... Why has the home been entrusted to strangers?” ...

Bus falls into deep gorge in northern India, killing 16

Jul. 04, 2022 03:44 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A passenger bus slid off a mountain road and fell into a deep gorge in northern India on Monday, killing 16 people, including schoolchildren, a government official said. Rescue workers pulled out the badly injured from the wreckage of the vehicle and sent them to a...

India stops Kashmiri photojournalist from flying to Paris

Jul. 02, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning Kashmiri photojournalist said on Saturday that she was stopped by Indian immigration authorities from flying to Paris without giving any reason. In a tweet, Sanna Irshad Mattoo said she was scheduled to travel from New Delhi to Paris for a...

Rescuers recover 26 dead from mudslide in India's northeast

Jul. 02, 2022 04:39 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Fresh rain and falling boulders on Saturday hampered rescuers who have so far pulled out 26 bodies from the debris of a mudslide that wiped out a railroad construction site in India’s northeast, officials said. Rescue work is expected to continue for a...

After two pandemic years, a summer travel bounce — and chaos

Jul. 01, 2022 20:02 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — At a tourism conference in Phuket last month, Thailand’s prime minister looked out at attendees and posed a question with a predictable answer. “Are you ready?” Prayuth Chan-ocha asked, dramatically removing his mask and launching what's hoped to be the...

Mudslide leaves 19 dead, 50 missing in northeast India

Jul. 01, 2022 11:44 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Rescuers found more bodies Friday as they resumed searching for dozens of missing after a mudslide triggered by weeks of heavy downpours killed at least 19 people at a railroad construction site in India's northeast, officials said. Soldiers joined more than...

Zoroastrians confront depletion of their ancient faith

Jul. 01, 2022 09:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Among the world’s present-day religions, Zoroastrianism, founded more than 3,000 years ago, is one of the most ancient and historically influential. Yet even though its adherents maintain vibrant communities on four continents, they acknowledge their numbers are dauntingly small...

Cups, straws, spoons: India starts on single-use plastic ban

Jul. 01, 2022 06:05 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India banned some single-use or disposable plastic products Friday as part of a federal plan to phase out the ubiquitous material in the nation of nearly 1.4 billion people. For the first stage, it has identified 19 plastic items that aren't very useful but have a...