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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...

India's accused minister files defamation suit amid protests

Oct. 15, 2018 6:57 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's junior external affairs minister filed a criminal case for defamation in court Monday against a woman who has accused him of sexual harassment, his attorney said. Minister M.J. Akbar filed a case against journalist Priya Ramani, the first of more than a dozen women to allege...

India minister denies misconduct after #MeToo accusations

Oct. 14, 2018 11:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's junior external affairs minister on Sunday denied any wrongdoing after more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct when he was a newspaper editor. M.J. Akbar threatened to take legal action against the women, calling the allegations "false, baseless and wild" in a...

India's #MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 law's enforcement

Oct. 11, 2018 8:39 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian actresses and writers are flooding social media with allegations of sexual harassment and assault, releasing pent-up frustration with a law that was lauded internationally but that critics say has done little to change the status quo in the world's largest democracy. "People using...

India signs $5 billion deal for Russian air defense systems

Oct. 5, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India signed a $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems on Friday despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors. The deal was signed in New Delhi during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who...

India deports Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar

Oct. 4, 2018 10:24 AM EDT

GAUHATI, India (AP) — India on Thursday deported its first group of Rohingya Muslims since the government last year ordered the expulsion of members of the Myanmar minority group and others who entered the country illegally. The deportation was carried out after the Supreme Court rejected a last-minute...

India's sanitation summit overshadows problems that persist

Oct. 1, 2018 6:19 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The United Nations is celebrating an Indian government program officials say can be a model for other low-income and developing countries at a summit this week in New Delhi. But in Taimoor Nagar, a slum just outside one of the city's poshest neighborhoods, hundreds of people rely on a...

India, Pakistan clash in UN over support for terrorists

Sep. 29, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — India's foreign minister accused neighboring Pakistan of harboring terrorists in an angry speech Saturday before the U.N. General Assembly and rejected the notion that India is sabotaging peace talks with Pakistan, calling it "a complete lie." Hours later, Pakistan shot back in its...

Bollywood star's statue symbolizes India's changing mores

Sep. 18, 2018 8:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Bollywood actress and former porn star Sunny Leone appeared in New Delhi on Tuesday for the unveiling of her wax likeness at the city's Madame Tussauds museum, a symbol of changing cultural mores in a country where arranged marriages remain common and celebrity kisses in public constitute...

Indian police hunt 3 suspects after girl is drugged, raped

Sep. 15, 2018 10:39 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police on Saturday were hunting for three men who allegedly drugged, kidnapped and raped a teenage girl while she was on her way to a test-preparation course in northern India, the latest incident of violence against girls and women in the country. Police officer Ashwini Kumar said the...