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Human trafficking suit spreads to Hindu temples in 5 states

Nov. 10, 2021 19:05 PM EST

A lawsuit in which workers accuse a Hindu organization of human trafficking by luring them from India to build a temple in New Jersey for as little as $1.20 a day has widened to four other states. In the initial lawsuit filed in May, workers at a Hindu temple in...

'What fear?': Hindus bathe in frothy, polluted Indian river

Nov. 10, 2021 11:32 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — One of India's most sacred rivers appears to be coated with a thick layer of snow. Except it isn't. A vast stretch of the Yamuna river is covered with white toxic foam, caused in part by pollutants discharged from industries ringing New Delhi. ...

AP PHOTOS: Diwali marked in Asia with celebrations, prayers

Nov. 04, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Millions of people across Asia are celebrating the Hindu festival of Diwali, which symbolizes new beginnings and the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. The festival is celebrated mainly in India, but Hindus across the world, particularly...

India's Modi invites pope to visit after 2017 plan collapsed

Oct. 30, 2021 07:24 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday invited Pope Francis to visit the country, extending an official opening after plans for a 2017 papal visit fell apart. “I would like to see you in India," Modi told Francis as he bade him farewell after an...

Facebook dithered in curbing divisive user content in India

Oct. 24, 2021 07:21 AM EDT

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Facebook in India has been selective in curbing hate speech, misinformation and inflammatory posts, particularly anti-Muslim content, according to leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press, even as its own employees cast doubt over the company’s motivations...

Facebook dithered in curbing divisive user content in India

Oct. 24, 2021 05:37 AM EDT

NEW DELHI, India (AP) — Facebook in India has been selective in curbing hate speech, misinformation and inflammatory posts, particularly anti-Muslim content, according to leaked documents obtained by The Associated Press, even as its own employees cast doubt over the company’s motivations...

Hindus denounce violence amid attacks in Bangladesh

Oct. 18, 2021 14:11 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Protests continued Monday in Bangladesh’s capital to denounce a wave of violence against Hindus following an image posted on social media that was perceived as insulting to the country’s Muslim majority. New attacks took place Sunday night...

Muslims, Hindus protest amid communal violence in Bangladesh

Oct. 16, 2021 20:30 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Protests erupted for a second day in Bangladesh's capital on Saturday, amid a wave of violence against local Hindus following a viral social media image perceived as insulting to the country's Muslim majority. Some 10,000 protesters — many of...

Protests erupt in Bangladesh amid Muslim-Hindu tensions

Oct. 15, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Thousands of protesters in Bangladesh's capital Friday clashed with police as security forces used tear gas and batons against demonstrators angry over what they perceived as an image insulting Islam that had gone viral over social media. ...

Festival season returns to Nepal amid declining COVID cases

Sep. 19, 2021 08:43 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Tens of thousands of devotees packed the old palace courtyard in the heart of Nepal's capital on Sunday to celebrate the feast of Indra Jatra, marking the return of the festival season in the Himalayan nation after it was scaled down because of the pandemic. ...