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Building collapses in Indian capital, killing 5 people

Jan. 25, 2020 10:06 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A building that was being expanded in the Indian capital collapsed Saturday, killing five people on the main floor, including four students, an official said. The students were attending a coaching class on the first story of the building in New Delhi’s Bhajanpur area when the roof...

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro, left, shakes hand with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind standing beside them during his ceremonial welcome at the presidential palace in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020. Bolsonaro is this year's chief guest for India's Republic day parade. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India, Brazil agree to boost ties in IT, biofuel and mining

Jan. 25, 2020 4:16 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India and Brazil on Saturday agreed to boost trade and investment across a range of fields such as defense, mining, biofuel, cybersecurity, food, the environment and health. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded Brazil as “a valuable partner” as he and visiting...

People walk under a screen warning about a new coronavirus at Suseo Station in Seoul, South Korea, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. China broadened its unprecedented, open-ended lockdowns to encompass around 25 million people Friday to try to contain a deadly new virus that has sickened hundreds, though the measures' potential for success is uncertain. The sign reads

More airports screening passengers amid China virus outbreak

Jan. 24, 2020 8:11 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — More airports are beginning to screen passengers arriving from China amid growing concerns Friday over the outbreak of a new virus there that has already killed more than two dozen people and sickened hundreds. The energy-rich Gulf Arab nation of Qatar, home to long-haul...

FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2019, file photo, Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad pauses while speaking about the prospects for peace, at the U.S. Institute of Peace, in Washington.  Afghanistan’s former deputy minister says Khalilzad is in the Afghan capital “to discuss the latest in peace efforts.”  Former deputy foreign minister Hekmat Karzai tweeted pictures of his meeting with Khalilzad Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019,  saying ‘we spoke about the way forward.”   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Taliban say frustrated by additional demands of US

Jan. 24, 2020 8:08 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban, in a rambling commentary published on their website, expressed frustration with what they describe as additional U.S. demands in peace talks — even after they had offered a “reduction of violence.” They have not publicly outlined what that would entail and...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, women protesters shout slogans at the protest site at Shaheen Bagh area in New Delhi, India. Muslim women are transcending the confines of their homes to lay claim to the streets of this nondescript Muslim neighborhood in the Indian capital and slowly transforming it into a nerve center of resistance against a new citizenship law that has unleashed protests across the country. The women, sitting in the middle of a major highway, have taken turns maintaining an around the clock sit-in for more than a month. They sing songs of protest and chant anti-government slogans, some cradling babies, others laying down rugs to make space for more people to sit. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Muslim women occupy streets in India against citizenship law

Jan. 24, 2020 5:29 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — In the Indian capital’s Shaheen Bagh neighborhood, beside open sewers and dangerously dangling electricity wires, a group of Muslim women in colorful headscarves sit in resistance to a new citizenship law that has unleashed protests across the country. For more than a month the...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, a health official scans the body temperature of a passenger as she arrives at the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Indonesia. Indonesia is screening travelers from overseas for a new type of coronavirus as fears spread about a mysterious infectious disease after its first death reported in China. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Jan. 24, 2020 12:33 AM EST

A health official scans the body temperature of a passenger arriving at Indonesia's Jakarta airport, as fears mount over a new virus spreading from China. In other images from the Asia Pacific region this week, a roadside snack vendor in New Delhi waits for customers near a protest site against a new citizenship...

Yasmin Ullah, a member of the Rohingya community, is all smiles as she walks out of the International Court in The Hague, Netherlands, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, after the court ordered Myanmar take all measures in its power to prevent genocide against the Rohingya. The United Nations' top cour issued a decision on a request by Gambia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

Rohingya hail UN ruling that Myanmar act to prevent genocide

Jan. 23, 2020 4:15 PM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' top court on Thursday ordered Myanmar to do all it can to prevent genocide against the Rohingya people, a ruling met by members of the Muslim minority with gratitude and relief but also some skepticism that the country's rulers will fully comply. The ruling...

Lawsuit: Ex-prison worker from Pakistan called 'terrorist'

Jan. 23, 2020 2:17 PM EST

A former Missouri prison worker who was born in Pakistan alleges in a lawsuit that she was frequently called a “terrorist” by her coworkers and was sometimes asked if she was “a suicide bomber." Sana MacClugage, who moved to the U.S. in 2004 and became a U.S. citizen in 2013, filed the...

U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee speaks during a press conference in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. The top United Nations official who deals with human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the international community must continue to put pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to follow any decision by the International Court of Justice regarding its treatment of minority Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Al-emrun Garjon)

Top UN official says Myanmar must follow order on Rohingya

Jan. 23, 2020 9:24 AM EST

DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — A top United Nations official who deals with human rights in Myanmar said Thursday that the international community must continue to put pressure on the Southeast Asian nation to follow any decision by the International Court of Justice regarding its treatment of minority Rohingya...

In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, trekkers are being rescued in a helicopter a day after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Special army and government rescue personnel were searching again on Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides lost since an avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains. (AP Photo/Phurba Ongel Sherpa)

Nepal ends search for missing South Korean trekkers, guides

Jan. 23, 2020 5:06 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese authorities decided Thursday to end the search for four South Korean trekkers and three Nepali guides who were buried by an avalanche on a popular trekking route. Despite several attempts to locate them, including digging deep through snow at several spots on the Mount...