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Vaccine hesitancy puts India's gains against virus at risk

Jun. 21, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

JAMSOTI, India (AP) — In Jamsoti, a village tucked deep inside India’s most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, the common refrain among the villagers is that the coronavirus spreads only in cities. The deadly infection, they believe, does not exist in villages. So when...

Milkha Singh, India's 'Flying Sikh' ace runner, dies at 91

Jun. 19, 2021 03:32 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Milkha Singh, one of India’s first sport superstars and ace sprinter who overcame a childhood tragedy to become the country's most celebrated athlete, has died. He was 91. Singh's family said he died late Friday of complications from COVID-19 in a...

AP Interview: India says it hopes to resume vaccine exports

Jun. 18, 2021 22:30 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India, the world’s largest manufacturer of vaccines, wants to resume exports of coronavirus jabs but can’t do so until its domestic needs are met, the head of the country’s COVID-19 task force said Friday. “Once our immediate need of vaccinating...

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...

AP Interview: Tibet exile leader hopes to resume China talks

Jun. 17, 2021 22:15 PM EDT

DHARMSALA, India (AP) — The new president of the Tibetan exile government said on Thursday he will do his best to resume a dialogue with China after more than a decade, and that a visit by the Dalai Lama to Tibet could be the best step forward. The Buddhist spiritual...

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...

Johnson voices caution over next lockdown easing in England

Jun. 12, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave a strong hint Saturday that the next planned relaxation of coronavirus restrictions in England this month will be delayed as a result of the spread of the delta variant first identified in India. In a series of...

Maldives foreign minister elected as UN assembly president

Jun. 07, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid of the Maldives won election as the next president of the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, and pledged to push for equal access to coronavirus vaccines, a stronger and greener economic recovery, and stepped up efforts to tackle climate...

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...