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Train mows down crowd at India festival, at least 58 dead

Oct. 19, 2018 4:03 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A speeding train ran over a crowd watching fireworks during a religious festival in northern India on Friday, killing at least 58 people and injuring dozens more, police said. The train failed to stop after the accident on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab state, said the state...

At least 50 people die after train runs over crowd in India

Oct. 19, 2018 11:03 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A Congress party leader says at least 50 people are dead after they were run over by a train in northern India. Pratap Singh Bajwa says the victims were watching fireworks during a religious festival on Friday. They crowded the rail track on the outskirts of Amritsar, a city in Punjab...

Indian temple priests turn back women, defying court ruling

Oct. 19, 2018 9:17 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Dozens of Hindu priests on Friday joined conservative protesters to block women of menstruating age from one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, defying a ruling from India's top court to let them enter. The priests threatened to stop rituals and prayers in the Sabarimala temple...

AP Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Oct. 19, 2018 4:35 AM EDT

Anti-India protests and clashes between Kashmiri demonstrators and government forces occurred this week in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Protests had taken place Tuesday during the last phase of local elections, and on Wednesday following a gunbattle between militants and government forces...

China orders evacuations after landslide blocks Tibet river

Oct. 18, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese emergency services said Thursday that about 6,000 people were evacuated after a landslide in Tibet blocked the flow of one of the region's key rivers, creating a lake that could endanger downstream areas in India. The collapse Wednesday morning of a cliff in the deep valley through...

Observers: India temple protest support a bid for votes

Oct. 18, 2018 9:16 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's ruling party and the main opposition are both supporting a protest blocking women from entering one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in what political observers said is a bid to court voters in the country's south ahead of a general election due next year. Busloads of...

Indian gov't minister resigns, denies sex harassment claims

Oct. 18, 2018 7:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — M.J. Akbar, India's junior external affairs minister, resigned Wednesday amid accusations by 20 women of sexual harassment during his previous career as one of the country's most prominent news editors, becoming the most powerful man to fall in India's burgeoning #MeToo movement. Akbar...

Protesters stop females ages 10 to 50 from entering temple

Oct. 17, 2018 3:46 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A temple in southern India and one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage centers opened its doors to females of menstruating age on Wednesday to comply with a Supreme Court ruling, but women weren't able to enter as hundreds of protesters fought street battles with police to keep them...

Woman convicted of fraud; FBI said she cast 'hoodoo' spells

Oct. 17, 2018 12:00 PM EDT

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — An investment adviser was convicted Wednesday of charges she defrauded investors out of millions of dollars, some of which she used to pay more than $800,000 for prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off federal investigators. A federal jury deliberated for roughly four hours over...

Fighting in Kashmir city leaves 3 combatants, civilian dead

Oct. 17, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two rebels, a civilian and a counterinsurgency police official, residents and police said. At least a dozen journalists...