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India assesses technical snag that aborted moon mission

Jul. 15, 2019 8:46 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's space organization is examining the technical snag behind Monday's aborted launch of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon and expects to set a new launch date within days. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off less than an hour before liftoff by the Indian...

Pakistan says 22 missing in flash floods in Kashmir

Jul. 15, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Heavy rains triggered flash floods in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir, leaving at least 22 people missing and feared dead, Pakistan's minister for disaster management in the disputed territory said Monday. Ahmed Raza Qadri said the flooding late Sunday also caused a great deal of...

10 Pakistani coal miners trapped after methane explosion

Jul. 15, 2019 2:40 PM EDT

QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani rescue teams struggled to save 10 miners trapped in a coalmine after a methane gas explosion in the southwestern Baluchistan province, an official said Monday. One other miner had already been rescued because he was closer to the surface when the blast occurred late...

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....

EU gives counterterror support package to Sri Lanka

Jul. 15, 2019 8:39 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The European Union said Monday that it has agreed to provide an 8.5 million euro ($9.6 million) package to help Sri Lanka battle terrorism following Easter Sunday bomb attacks that killed more than 250 people. It said EU officials held talks on Monday with Sri Lanka's acting...

Building collapse kills 12 in India after monsoon rains

Jul. 15, 2019 4:25 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Eleven soldiers were among a dozen bodies recovered from the debris of a three-story building that collapsed after monsoon rains hit a hilly area of northern India, officials said Monday. Rescuers were looking for two to three people still unaccounted after Sunday's collapse, said Gaurav...

Building collapse kills 8 in India after monsoon rains

Jul. 15, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A three-story building collapsed after monsoon rains hit a hilly area of northern India, killing at least eight people, officials said Monday. Rescuers were looking for half a dozen people, including some soldiers, still unaccounted for following Sunday's collapse. Several soldiers were...

India aborts moon mission launch, citing technical glitch

Jul. 14, 2019 8:37 PM EDT

SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research...

India aborts its highly anticipated launch of moon mission shortly before blastoff citing a "technical snag"

Jul. 14, 2019 5:16 PM EDT
SRIHARIKOTA, India (AP) — India aborts its highly anticipated launch of moon mission shortly before blastoff citing a "technical snag"

Heavy rain leaves scores dead in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

Jul. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Flooding and landslides triggered by heavy rainfall have killed at least 50 people in Nepal in the past few days, with more deaths reported across the border in India and Bangladesh, officials said Sunday. At least 30 other people were missing in Nepal, either swept away by swollen...