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Pakistan says Indian fire in Kashmir kills soldier

Jul. 21, 2019 7:49 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says 'unprovoked' Indian fire across the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir has killed a soldier and wounded four civilians. An army statement Sunday says Indian troops opened fire the previous night and that Pakistan responded. It says the wounded include two young girls and a...

UN court rejects Pakistan's argument in Indian spy case

Jul. 17, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The United Nations' highest court ordered Pakistan on Wednesday to stay the execution of an alleged Indian spy and undertake a full review of his case, after agreeing with India's contention the man's rights had been violated in a case that has been a source of friction...

Rains, landslides kill dozens, affect millions in South Asia

Jul. 15, 2019 11:42 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — After causing flooding and landslides in Nepal, three rivers are overflowing in northern India and submerging parts of Bihar state, killing at least 14 people, officials said Monday. Farther east, 17 others were killed by flooding in Assam and other states in India's remote northeast....

India toughens law to protect children from sexual abuse

Jul. 12, 2019 3:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government has toughened a law against child sexual abuse and child pornography. The law amended this week has increased the maximum penalty for child sex abuse to capital punishment from 20 years in prison. The government also defined child pornography for the first time and...

India eyes bigger investments in aviation, media, insurance

Jul. 6, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on Friday proposed heavy investments in infrastructure, the digital economy and job creation to lift a sluggish economy burdened with a 45-year-high unemployment rate of 6.1%. Unveiling a draft budget after a major victory in national...

India's economy likely to grow 7%, government says

Jul. 4, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government said Thursday the economy is expected to grow at 7% in 2019-20, up from a five-year low of 6.8% in the past year. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the economic report in Parliament a day before unveiling the annual federal budget after her Hindu nationalist...

Indian political scion Rahul Gandhi resigns as party leader

Jul. 3, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Rahul Gandhi resigned Wednesday as president of India's opposition Congress party, long led by his politically powerful family, to take responsibility for its crushing defeat in recent elections. Gandhi announced his resignation on Twitter, saying he was stepping down because...

Pakistan says explosion in Kashmir kills 5 soldiers

Jul. 3, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An explosion killed five of Pakistani soldiers and wounded one near the heavily militarized border with neighboring India in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said on Wednesday. India and Pakistan have fought several wars over the control of Kashmir, which both...

Choppers retrieve 7 bodies believed to be Himalayan climbers

Jul. 3, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Seven bodies believed to be from a missing team of international climbers were retrieved by helicopters from a notoriously dangerous Himalayan mountain in northern India on Wednesday, officials said. Indian air force helicopters brought the bodies to Pithoragarh town in northern...

Hindu pilgrimage begins amid high security in Kashmir

Jul. 2, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Thousands of Hindu pilgrims began the arduous trek to an icy Himalayan cave in disputed Kashmir on Monday, with tens of thousands of Indian government forces guarding roads and mountain passes. The pilgrims, many of them barefooted ascetics, chanted hymns and rang bells as they...