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Indian police chase activists of Peoples Democratic party (PDP) protesting against India's new land laws that allows any Indian citizen to buy land in the disputed region in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. Until last year, Indians were not allowed to buy property in the region. But in August 2019, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government scrapped the disputed region’s special status, annulled its separate constitution, split the region into two federal territories. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

3 politicians from India's ruling party killed in Kashmir

Oct. 29, 2020 3:29 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Assailants shot and killed three politicians from India’s ruling party in Kashmir late Thursday, police said, blaming militants fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region. Militants fired at the three members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata...

Agence France-Presse’s Kashmir correspondent Parvaiz Bukhari, centre, talks to his colleagues after National Investigation Agency personnel searched his premises on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)

Indian agency raids home of journalist, activists in Kashmir

Oct. 28, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s premier investigating agency on Wednesday said it raided 10 locations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, including the offices and residences of a journalist and two prominent activists, triggering concerns of a crackdown on information and a free press in the disputed...

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets the gathering before his meeting with Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapksa, right, in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. Pompeo plans to press Sri Lanka to push back against Chinese assertiveness, which U.S. officials complain is highlighted by predatory lending and development projects that benefit China more than the presumed recipients. The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka denounced Pompeo’s visit to the island even before he arrived there, denouncing a senior U.S. official’s warning that the country should be wary of Chinese investment. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, Pool)

Pompeo brings anti-China roadshow to Indian Ocean islands

Oct. 28, 2020 9:00 AM EDT

MALE, Maldives (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday brought the Trump administration’s anti-China campaign to two Indian Ocean island nations considered particularly at risk for what American officials allege is Chinese exploitation. In one significant step, Pompeo announced that...

Voters stand in queues maintaining social distance at a polling station, during the first phase of state elections at Paliganj, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020. With an overall declining coronavirus positive trend, Indian authorities decided to hold the first state legislature election since the outbreak of COVID-19. People began voting Wednesday in the country’s third largest state Bihar with of a population of about 122 million people. (AP Photo/Aftab Alam Siddiqui)

India holds first major state elections since pandemic

Oct. 28, 2020 3:32 AM EDT

PATNA, India (AP) — Voting began Wednesday in India’s third-largest state of Bihar, the first major election in the country since the pandemic and a test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity as he faces criticism on many fronts. India has registered nearly 8 million confirmed...

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, center, gestures towards U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, with Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, right, standing beside him, ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020. In talks on Tuesday with their Indian counterparts, Pompeo and Esper are to sign an agreement expanding military satellite information sharing and highlight strategic cooperation between Washington and New Delhi with an eye toward countering China. (Adnan Abidi/Pool via AP)

Pompeo, Esper drive US anti-China message in India visit

Oct. 27, 2020 6:59 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense chief Mark Esper stepped up the Trump administration’s anti-China message in India on Tuesday, exactly a week ahead of America’s presidential election. With President Donald Trump in a tight race for a second term against...

A devotee applies vermilion on the face of another during Durga Puja festival in Mumbai, India, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. The Hindu festival season is traditionally laced with an unmatched fanfare and extravaganza, with socializing being the hallmark of the celebration. But because of the coronavirus pandemic this year's festivities have started on a pale note. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

The Latest: India's daily infections at lowest in 3 months

Oct. 27, 2020 12:29 AM EDT

NEW DELHI — Authorities in India are reporting 36,470 newly confirmed coronavirus infections — that’s the lowest one-day tally in more than three months in a continuing downward trend. In its report Tuesday, the Health Ministry also listed 488 new fatalities from COVID-19 in the previous 24...

Relatives bury Isaac Nolasco who died of reasons not believed related to COVID-19, in a section of the municipal cemetery Valle de Chalco amid the new coronavirus pandemic, on the outskirts of Mexico City, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Mexican families traditionally flock to local cemeteries to honor their dead relatives as part of the

The Latest: Mexico health officials acknowledge higher toll

Oct. 25, 2020 10:22 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexican health authorities acknowledge the country’s true death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is far higher than previously thought, saying there were 193,170 “excess” deaths in the year up to Sept. 26. Of those, 139,153 are now judged to be attributable to...

A policeman checks documents of a driver at central Syntagma square in Athens, Greece, Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020. Greece's government has imposed a nightly curfew in greater Athens and other areas with high infection rates as well as a mask requirement. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)

The Latest: New outbreak delays easing of rules in Melbourne

Oct. 24, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — A COVID-19 outbreak in the north of Melbourne has led health authorities in Australia’s Victoria state to hold off on any further easing of restrictions in the beleaguered city. Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews withheld any announcement on an easing on Sunday as the state...

A woman, right, has a meal, inside a restaurant's outdoor tent Thursday Oct. 22, 2020, in Kew Gardens in the Queens borough of New York.  Gov. Andrew Cuomo is easing restrictions slightly in some coronavirus hot spots in New York City, but adding them in areas along the Pennsylvania border as the state recorded more than 2,000 new infections in a single day for the first time since mid-May. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

The Latest: Mexico's Chihuahua border state back in lockdown

Oct. 23, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s northern border state of Chihuahua returned to the highest level of alert and lockdown Friday after coronavirus cases jumped there and hospitals began to fill up. The Chihuahua state government declared the return to the “red” level of alert Friday, which closes...

Members of the festival organizing team at the Kali Bari Hindu temple pray via live transmission on the first day of Durga Puja celebrations in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Most of the festival festivities are being scaled down following the health officials warning about the potential for the coronavirus to spread during the religious festival season, which is marked by huge gatherings in temples and shopping districts. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

Asia Today: Vaccine promise is election issue in India state

Oct. 23, 2020 7:28 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A promise of free COVID-19 vaccination has become an issue in key state elections in India. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made the promise when releasing the ruling Hindu nationalist party’s manifesto for elections that begin in Bihar state next week. Every Bihar resident...