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Daughter: Pakistani police arrested former rights minister

May. 21, 2022 14:04 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's former human rights minister was arrested Saturday in the capital over a decades-old land grabbing allegation, her daughter and another former minister said. Shireen Mazari, who served in the Cabinet-level position under former Prime Minister Imran Khan,...

9 more bodies found in Kashmir tunnel collapse, toll at 10

May. 21, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers on Saturday found the bodies of nine more workers in a collapsed tunnel in Indian-controlled Kashmir, taking the death toll to 10. The tunnel is part of a mountainous highway tunnel system that was under construction in the Himalayan region when it...

The AP Interview: New Pakistani FM seeks better ties with US

May. 20, 2022 16:32 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Pakistan’s new foreign minister says the United States and his country must move beyond past tensions over Afghanistan and are entering a new engagement after years of strained relations under former Prime Minister Imran Khan. Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the...

India accuses China of illegal construction in border area

May. 20, 2022 12:21 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Friday objected to China's construction of a second bridge across disputed Pangong Lake, an area it said has been under the "illegal occupation” of China since the 1960s. India’s challenge comes amid a two-year-old standoff involving thousands of...

1 found dead, 9 missing after tunnel collapses in Kashmir

May. 20, 2022 06:58 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers have found the body of one worker in Indian-controlled Kashmir after part of a tunnel collapsed in the Himalayan region and are continuing to search for nine others who are trapped, officials said Friday. The tunnel is part of a mountainous highway...

Sri Lanka closes schools, limits work amid fuel shortage

May. 20, 2022 03:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities closed schools and asked public officials not to come to work in a desperate move to prepare for an acute fuel shortage that is expected to last days amid the nation's worst economic crisis in decades. The Public Administration...

China becomes wild card in Sri Lanka's debt crisis

May. 20, 2022 01:18 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China says its initiative to build ports and other infrastructure across Asia and Africa, paid for with Chinese loans, will boost trade. But in a cautionary tale for borrowers, Sri Lanka's multibillion-dollar debt to Beijing threatens to hinder efforts to resolve a...

Sri Lanka limits foreign currency holdings amid crisis

May. 19, 2022 11:45 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka will lower the maximum amount of foreign currency that individuals can possess to $10,000 from $15,000 and penalize anyone who holds it for more than three months, the central bank announced Thursday, as police fired tear gas and water cannons at thousands of...

Pakistani rupee drops to record low amid talks with IMF

May. 19, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s currency plummeted to an all-time record low in intraday trading against the U.S. dollar on Thursday, amid uncertainty about the success of crucial talks between the International Monetary Fund and the government of Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif who is considering...

Indian court convicts Kashmiri rebel leader of terrorism

May. 19, 2022 05:05 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Thursday convicted a top Kashmiri separatist leader in a terrorism-related case that carries a maximum sentence of the death penalty or life imprisonment. Mohammed Yasin Malik had been charged with terrorist acts, illegally raising funds, being a...