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The Latest: Young Mexicans urge leaders to act on climate

Sep. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the global climate protests being held in cities around the world (all times local): 3:45 p.m. Hundreds of mainly young demonstrators are marching through downtown Mexico City, chanting "political change, not climate change!" That was an apparent reference to President...

Families struggle to meet Kashmiris lodged in Indian jail

Sep. 20, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

AGRA, India (AP) — Hameeda Begum explained her arduous journey from the Himalayan region of disputed Kashmir to the hot and humid room in the Agra Central Jail where the exhausted 70-year-old was waiting to see her son. A man in his early twenties offered her a bottle of water, saying, "Don't lose hope....

India cuts corporate taxes to counter slowing growth

Sep. 20, 2019 3:53 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government on Friday announced a slew of concessions aimed at boosting the economy that will reduce most corporate taxes for local companies to about 25% from 30%. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the lower tax rates will retroactively apply from April 1, the beginning...

Pakistan: No talks with India until Kashmir status restored

Sep. 18, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister announced Wednesday that his government will not hold any talks with India until New Delhi lifts a curfew in Kashmir and reinstates the disputed region's special autonomous status. Imran Khan said told reporters that will expose human rights violations in...

India's government approves ban on e-cigarettes

Sep. 18, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Wednesday decided to ban e-cigarettes, expressing concern at the alarming rate at which vaping is becoming popular among the country's youth and causing breathing illnesses. The ban was approved by the Cabinet. The government is expected to issue an ordinance soon...

India-US relations in good health, foreign minister says

Sep. 17, 2019 10:40 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's external affairs minister said Tuesday that India-U.S. relations have come a long way and are in very good health, playing down trade differences between the two countries. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar said India has been engaging with the U.S. for months to try to resolve the trade...

Bill Gates to honor India's Modi despite Kashmir concerns

Sep. 16, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Bill and Melinda Gates aren't backing down from honoring India Prime Minister Narendra Modi despite concerns about human rights abuses in the disputed Kashmir region. A dozen people, some wearing "Free Kashmir" T-shirts, with the Justice For All coalition delivered 100,000 petition...

The Latest: Trump says it's 'looking like' Iran is to blame

Sep. 16, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the Persian Gulf and the fallout after weekend attack on major oil sites in Saudi Arabia (all times local): 3:35 p.m. President Donald Trump says it's "looking like" Iran was responsible for the attacks on key oil installations in Saudi Arabia, but he says he...

India searches for 35 tourists in river after boat capsizes

Sep. 16, 2019 4:25 AM EDT

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — Indian navy divers on Monday joined a massive search for 35 Indian tourists missing after a double-decker sightseeing boat capsized in a flooded river in southern India, drowning at least 12 people. Andhra Pradesh state Home Minister M. Sucharitha said authorities closed the sluice...

India arrests senior Kashmir leader under controversial law

Sep. 16, 2019 3:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Parliament member who is a senior pro-India politician in Indian-controlled Kashmir was arrested Monday under a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial. Farooq Abdullah, 81, who also was the former chief minister of Jammu...