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Cyprus police pick up 21 migrants who crossed dividing line

Oct. 17, 2019 3:00 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus police say they have rounded up 21 people believed to be migrants who crossed over from the breakaway north of the ethnically divided island nation. Police said the migrants hail from countries including Congo, Mali, Guinea, Cameroon, Nigeria, Bangladesh and Pakistan. They...

Apple economy latest casualty in strife-torn Kashmir

Oct. 17, 2019 2:15 AM EDT

SHOPIAN, India (AP) — Kashmir's apple orchards, a backbone of the economy that supports nearly half the people living there, are deserted with fruit rotting on the trees at a time when they should be bustling with harvesters. Losses are mounting as insurgent groups pressure pickers, traders and drivers to...

Mexico deports 311 Indian migrants back to South Asia

Oct. 16, 2019 11:20 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican immigration authorities say they have deported 311 Indian citizens in an unprecedented repatriation to that South Asian nation. The National Immigration Institute said in a statement late Wednesday that it had flown the 310 men and one woman to New Dehli from Toluca. The migrants...

Troops in Kashmir exchange fire, 4 civilians killed

Oct. 16, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani and Indian troops exchanged gunfire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, killing four civilians and wounding nearly a dozen others, officials from both sides said Wednesday, as tensions remain high between the two South Asian countries. Kashmir is split between Pakistan...

Pakistan says Saudis, Iran willing to pursue diplomacy

Oct. 16, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's foreign minister says Iran and Saudi Arabia have indicated a willingness to pursue diplomacy to end their disputes after Pakistan's prime minister traveled to both countries to try and ease tensions. Tensions between the rival Middle Eastern countries escalated following last...

UK's William, Kate visit Pakistan's climate-change hit north

Oct. 16, 2019 10:19 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Britain's Prince William and wife Kate on Wednesday traveled to Pakistan's scenic northern mountains and glaciers, drawing attention to the challenges of climate change in the South Asian nation, where glaciers are melting at a fast pace. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge flew to the city...

India's court ends hearings in Hindu-Muslim temple dispute

Oct. 16, 2019 7:23 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top court on Wednesday ended hearings to settle a land title dispute between Muslims and Hindus over plans to build a Hindu temple on a site in northern India where Hindu hard-liners demolished a 16th century mosque in 1992, sparking deadly violence. The five judges are expected to...

Sri Lanka's army chief in controversy over election ad

Oct. 16, 2019 7:12 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's election chief said Wednesday that he has asked for an explanation from the defense ministry on why the army commander features in an advertisement promoting a candidate for next month's presidential election. The advertisement, which appeared in a newspaper last...

Indian capital's air quality plunges despite new measures

Oct. 16, 2019 7:02 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian capital's air quality levels plunged to "poor" on Wednesday, a day after the government initiated stricter measures to fight chronic air pollution. The state-run Central Pollution Control Board's air quality index for New Delhi stood at 299, about six times the recommended...

The Latest: 2 N Macedonia officers among suspected smugglers

Oct. 15, 2019 1:47 PM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Latest on Europe migrant issues (all times local): 7:20p.m. Authorities in North Macedonia say they broke up a large migrant-smuggling ring and two police officers were among the nine people arrested. Police said the arrests were made during raids on Monday and Tuesday in Skopje...