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India’s Parliament debates toxic air danger

Nov. 19, 2019 6:19 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Parliament has discussed the toxic air threatening the lives of the capital region’s 48 million people, with opposition leaders demanding the creation of a parliamentary panel to remedy the situation on a long-term basis. In unprecedented debate on the issue, the...

Avalanche hits Indian army post in Himalayas, 6 killed

Nov. 18, 2019 12:54 PM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An avalanche hit an Indian army post Monday on a Himalayan glacier in the disputed Kashmir region, killing four soldiers and their two civilian porters, the army said. The avalanche happened at height of more than 5,485 meters (17,995 feet) in the northern part of the Siachen...

Indian students face off with police amid fee protest

Nov. 18, 2019 6:24 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Hundreds of students from a New Delhi university faced off Monday with police, who stopped their march toward Parliament to protest increased student housing fees. The students from Jawaharlal Nehru University chanted slogans and attempted to cross police barricades. Police detained...

India court rejects probe of purchase of French fighter jets

Nov. 14, 2019 4:19 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court on Thursday rejected petitions seeking a probe into the government’s purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets from France’s Dassault Aviation over pricing issues. Three Supreme Court judges said they didn’t see any merit in the petitions filed by two...

Modi's party loses longtime ally in key Indian state

Nov. 11, 2019 10:25 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governing party suffered a setback in western Maharashtra state on Monday when its longtime ally broke away and announced it wants to join two other parties in forming a new state government. The Shiv Sena split with Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and...

Hindus rejoice, Muslims deplore India court ruling on temple

Nov. 9, 2019 7:42 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Hindu temple on a disputed religious ground in the country's north and ordered that alternative land be given to Muslims to build a mosque - a verdict in a highly contentious case that was immediately deplored by a key Muslim body. The dispute over...

Pakistan opens visa-free border crossing for India Sikhs

Nov. 9, 2019 9:11 AM EST

KARTARPUR, Pakistan (AP) — The prime ministers of India and Pakistan inaugurated Saturday a visa-free border crossing for Sikh pilgrims from India, allowing thousands of pilgrims to easily visit a Sikh shrine just inside Pakistan each day. Imran Khan and Narendra Modi held separate opening ceremonies...

India's court set to deliver verdict on temple dispute

Nov. 8, 2019 11:56 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's security forces were on high alert ahead of the Supreme Court's verdict Saturday in a decades-old land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly religious...

US, China spar at Southeast Asian regional summit

Nov. 4, 2019 11:10 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — The rivalry between the United States and China over influence in the Asia-Pacific region was on show Monday as the two superpowers traded barbs over freedom of navigation in the region's seas. The war of words took place at the annual summit of leaders of the Association of...

China-led Asian trade bloc pushes ahead as India drops out

Nov. 4, 2019 11:06 AM EST

NONTHABURI, Thailand (AP) — A 16-nation trade initiative backed by China is pushing ahead as India, facing fierce domestic opposition to its market-opening requirements, has dropped out. Leaders of countries involved in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership said Monday that they had resolved...