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India's Modi awarded UAE medal amid Kashmir crackdown

Aug. 24, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the United Arab Emirates' highest civilian honor during a visit Saturday to the oil-rich Gulf nation, reinforcing ties between the countries even as he pursues stripping statehood from the disputed Muslim-majority region of...

Indian authorities bar opposition from visiting Kashmir

Aug. 24, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Saturday barred several opposition leaders from visiting Indian-administered Kashmir to assess the situation created by a massive security crackdown in the region that started early this month. Authorities sent the opposition leaders back to New Delhi after they...

The Latest: India's Modi bars opposition from Kashmir visit

Aug. 24, 2019 10:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Latest on Kashmir (all times local): 7:40 p.m. India's government has barred several opposition leaders from visiting the Kashmir region to assess the situation created by a massive security crackdown in the Indian-administered part of the disputed territory that started early this...

Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley dies at 66

Aug. 24, 2019 7:42 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Former Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, a key member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's first-term Cabinet, died in a New Delhi hospital on Saturday after a prolonged illness. He was 66. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences announced Jaitley's death in a statement, but did not...

North Macedonia van crash kills migrant; 12 others injured

Aug. 24, 2019 5:47 AM EDT

SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia police say a 20-year old migrant from Bangladesh was killed and 12 others injured when a van packed with migrants collided with a truck on the main highway in the south. Police said Saturday that a van with 13 migrants hit the rear of the truck near the town...

Gunmen on motorcycles attack police in NW Pakistan, 2 killed

Aug. 24, 2019 4:30 AM EDT

DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say gunmen on motorcycles attacked a security post overnight in the northwestern Daraban Kalan area, killing two employees at a nearby gas station. Police officer Tariq Khan said Saturday that the eight militants also wounded two people in a bus getting...

UN expert: No peace in Myanmar if no military prosecutions

Aug. 23, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There will be no long-term peace in Myanamar and no return of Rohingya refugees unless there is accountability for the "brutality" of the Asian country's military forces, a member of the U.N. Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar said Friday. Radhika Coomaraswamy,...

Sri Lanka attacks boost feared ex-official's bid for power

Aug. 23, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — He is a feared former defense official accused of condoning rape, torture and shadowy disappearances of critics, but to many Sri Lankans, the opposition's presidential candidate is the best choice to protect the South Asian island nation after attacks that killed over 250 people...

Indian government announces steps to boost economy

Aug. 23, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's government on Friday rolled back a surcharge on foreign portfolio investment and announced steps to lower interest rates on home and auto loans to boost the country's faltering economy. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman told reporters that the government will also withdraw a tax...

Security in Kashmir tightened following call for march

Aug. 23, 2019 10:25 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Authorities intensified patrols Friday in Indian-controlled Kashmir's main city after posters appeared calling for a public march to a United Nations office to protest New Delhi's tightened grip on the disputed region. Police and paramilitary soldiers re-imposed restrictions on...