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EXPLAINER: How India is changing vaccine plan amid shortages

Jun. 18, 2021 09:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Starting Monday, every adult in India will be eligible for a free vaccine paid for by the federal government. The new policy, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, ends a complex system introduced just last month of buying and...

India says Twitter knowingly not complying with local laws

Jun. 16, 2021 04:10 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The standoff between the Indian government and Twitter escalated Wednesday when the country’s technology minister accused the social media giant of deliberately not complying with local laws. Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Twitter has...

Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class

Jun. 12, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ram Babu moved from his village to the Indian capital New Delhi in 1980, to clean cars. Soon, he learned to drive and got a job as a tour bus driver. Decades later, he set up his own company, Madhubani Tours and Travels. In March 2020, a stringent...

Today in History

Jun. 08, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, June 8, the 159th day of 2021. There are 206 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 8, 1968, authorities announced the capture in London of James Earl Ray, the...

India to provide free vaccines to all in major policy shift

Jun. 07, 2021 10:30 AM EDT

India's federal government will provide free coronavirus shots to any adult starting later this month and take back control of the country's vaccination drive, marred by delays and shortages, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Monday. The changes reverse a policy...

India asks Twitter to follow tough new social media laws

Jun. 05, 2021 06:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government on Saturday warned Twitter to immediately comply with the country’s new social media regulations, which critics say give the government more power to police online content. Twitter is involved in a tense battle with the Indian...

US to swiftly boost global vaccine sharing, Biden announces

Jun. 03, 2021 21:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden announced Thursday the U.S. will swiftly donate an initial allotment of 25 million doses of surplus vaccine overseas through the United Nations-backed COVAX program, promising infusions for South and Central America, Asia, Africa and others at a time of...

Politician killed in Kashmir, detainee shot dead in camp

Jun. 03, 2021 05:18 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Assailants fatally shot a politician belonging to India’s ruling party in disputed Kashmir, and separately, police on Thursday killed a detainee who they said snatched an officer’s rifle and fired at officials inside a police camp. The...

Twitter urges Indian gov't to respect freedom of expression

May. 27, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Twitter on Thursday said it is worried about the safety of its staff in India and called for the government to respect freedom of expression, days after Indian police visited its office in New Delhi over its labeling of a tweet by a governing party spokesman as...

Indian farmers mark 6 months of protest with no end in sight

May. 26, 2021 07:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian farmers demanding the government repeal new agriculture laws they say will devastate their livelihoods marked their protest movement's sixth month Wednesday by flying black banners on the cars and tractors and burning effigies of the prime minister. ...