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Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Nov. 12, 2019 6:56 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick gray haze blanketed India's capital on Tuesday, with authorities attempting to reduce the pollution by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The air quality index exceeded 400, considered "severe" and about eight times the recommended maximum, according to...

Trains collide in Bangladesh, killing at least 16

Nov. 12, 2019 4:53 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Two trains collided in eastern Bangladesh on Tuesday, killing at least 16 people and injuring scores, officials said. Local police chief Shayamal Kanti Das said the collision took place when the Udayan Express and Turna Nishita trains approached each other on the same track from...

Air quality sinks to 'severe' in haze-shrouded New Delhi

Nov. 12, 2019 2:45 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — A thick haze of polluted air hung over India's capital Tuesday, with authorities trying to tackle the problem by sprinkling water to settle dust and banning some construction. The air quality index exceeded 400, about eight times the recommended maximum, according to the state-run Central...

Myanmar accused at UN court of genocide against Rohingya

Nov. 11, 2019 11:52 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Myanmar was accused Monday of genocide at the U.N.'s highest court for its campaign against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority, as lawyers asked the International Court of Justice to urgently order measures "to stop Myanmar's genocidal conduct immediately." Gambia filed...

Modi's party loses longtime ally in key Indian state

Nov. 11, 2019 10:25 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's governing party suffered a setback in western Maharashtra state on Monday when its longtime ally broke away and announced it wants to join two other parties in forming a new state government. The Shiv Sena split with Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party and...

Pakistan chief of spy agency visits Afghan official in Kabul

Nov. 11, 2019 10:03 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan official says a Pakistani delegation is in Kabul to meet Afghan authorities amid increased tensions. Monday's meeting is the first since the Pakistani Embassy closed its consular section in Kabul earlier this month, citing unspecified security concerns. Afghanistan and...

Pakistan's ailing ex-PM still on no-fly list

Nov. 11, 2019 9:31 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The party of Pakistan's ailing ex-prime minister is upset that he's still on a no-fly list, blocking him from getting medical treatment abroad. Nawaz Sharif was released on bail last month after his jail sentence was temporarily suspended on medical grounds. Sharif, 69, received a...

Pakistan police say gunmen attack security vehicle, 5 killed

Nov. 10, 2019 3:09 PM EST

MULTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen have ambushed a security force vehicle in Punjab province, killing five people. Police spokesman Kaleem Qureshi says dead were two police officers, two intelligence officers and an informant. He said they came under attack late Sunday while en route to...

Cyclone kills at least 14 in India, Bangladesh

Nov. 10, 2019 7:52 AM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone lashed northeastern India and Bangladesh on Sunday, killing several people in both countries after more than 2 million moved to shelters across Bangladesh's vast coastal region, officials and news reports said. Cyclone Bulbul left at least seven people dead in...

Hundreds of thousands evacuated as cyclone hits Bangladesh

Nov. 9, 2019 9:01 PM EST

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A strong cyclone made landfall early Sunday in Bangladesh, where hundreds of thousands of people have moved to shelters across the low-lying delta nation's vast coastal region. Packing winds of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles) per hour and gusts of up to 130 kph (80 mph), Cyclone...