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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Activists of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) shout slogans during a protest against the Indian army's decision to close a fake encounter case against five soldiers in connection with the killing of five Kashmiris in Pathribal in March 2000, in Srinagar, India. In a separate case, the Indian military on Friday, Sept. 18, said its soldiers in Kashmir exceeded their legal powers in the killings of three local men it had described as Pakistani terrorists on July 18, 2020. Police ordered an investigation into the accusation of a staged gunbattle, and the results have not yet been released. The results of the police probe are likely to spark an outcry among Kashmiri activists who for years have accused Indian troops of abusing their powers and repeatedly targeting civilians. Placard at background right reads,

Indian military admits wrongdoing in 3 Kashmir killings

Sep. 18, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In a rare admission of wrongdoing, the Indian military on Friday said its soldiers in Kashmir exceeded their legal powers in the killings of three local men it had described as Pakistani terrorists. Col. Rajesh Kalia, an Indian army spokesman, said police are investigating whether...

An Indian army convoy moves on the Srinagar- Ladakh highway at Gagangeer, northeast of Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. India’s defense minister said Thursday, Sept. 17, the country faces challenges in its border dispute with China and urged Beijing to sincerely implement an understanding they reached previously to completely disengage forces in the Ladakh region. Rajnath Singh said in a statement in the upper house of Parliament that China has amassed troops and armaments in Ladakh in violation of bilateral agreements reached in 1990s and it was creating friction by trying unilaterally to alter the status quo in the region through aggressive postures. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

India asks China to pull back troops, arms in Ladakh region

Sep. 17, 2020 9:09 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s defense minister said Thursday the country faces challenges in its border dispute with China and urged Beijing to sincerely implement an understanding they reached previously to completely disengage their forces from the Ladakh region. Rajnath Singh told the upper house of...

India says Pakistan shelling kills 1 soldier in Kashmir

Sep. 16, 2020 4:00 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani soldiers barraged each other with mortar shells and gunfire along the highly militarized frontier in Kashmir, killing an Indian soldier and wounding two others, an official said Wednesday. Lt. Col. Devender Anand, an Indian army spokesperson, said three soldiers...

FILE-In this Feb. 11, 2020 file photo, Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi, India. Singh accused China on Tuesday of violating past border agreements and expanding its troop deployment along a disputed mountainous frontier in Ladakh where the two countries have been locked in a military standoff for months. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

India accuses China of violating pacts, militarizing border

Sep. 15, 2020 8:41 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s defense minister accused China on Tuesday of violating past border agreements and expanding its troop deployments along a disputed mountainous frontier in the Ladakh region where the two countries have been locked in a military standoff for months. Rajnath Singh told...

Pakistan says Indian cross-border fire kills girl in Kashmir

Sep. 13, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — An 11-year-old Pakistani girl was killed and four other villagers critically wounded by Indian troops firing into the Pakistan-administered part of the disputed region of Kashmir, Pakistan's military said Sunday. The military said the “unprovoked firing” by India troops...

FILE - In this Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, file photo, Indian army soldiers walk along the line of control at the India- China border in Bumla in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. The Indian army said Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, that China has released five Indian nationals who went missing earlier this month from the state of Arunachal Pradesh amid simmering tensions between the two countries along a disputed mountain frontier. The five men were hunters and will be quarantined for 14 days as a precaution against the coronavirus before being handed over to their families, the army said in a statement. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath, File)

China releases 5 missing Indian nationals amid standoff

Sep. 12, 2020 6:24 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian army said Saturday that China has released five Indian nationals who went missing earlier this month from the eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh amid simmering tensions between the two countries along a disputed mountain frontier. The five men were hunters and will be...

ICAPTION CORRECTS DATE In this photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, India's Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar, left, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, and China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi, pose for a photo on the sidelines of a meeting of Foreign Ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, Commonwealth of Independent States and Collective Security Treaty Organization Member States in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 10. 2020. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

India, China agree to disengage thousands of border troops

Sep. 11, 2020 10:46 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian and Chinese foreign ministers agreed that their troops should disengage from a tense border standoff, maintain proper distance and ease tensions in the Ladakh region where the two countries in June had their deadliest clash in decades. India’s S. Jaishankar and...

This photo released by Sri Lankan Air Force shows ships fighting fire on the MT New Diamond, about 30 nautical miles off the coast of Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. Ships and aircraft from Sri Lanka and India intensified efforts to extinguish a new fire on an oil tanker off Sri Lanka's coast on Tuesday, two days after the previous three-day blaze was doused, the navy said. (Sri Lankan Air Force via AP)

Salvagers working to repair leak on oil tanker off Sri Lanka

Sep. 11, 2020 1:58 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Expert salvagers have begun working on a fire-stricken oil tanker off Sri Lanka’s coast after an Indian coast guard aircraft sprayed dispersants to contain an oil slick coming from the vessel, the Sri Lankan navy said Friday. The MT New Diamond, which is carrying nearly 2...

FILE- In this July 20, 2011 file photo, tourists ride double hump camels at Nubra valley, in Ladakh, India. Tensions along the disputed India-China border seem to be getting worse rather than better, three months after their deadliest confrontation in decades in June. The Asian giants accused each other this week of sending soldiers into each other’s territory and fired warning shots for the first time in 45 years, raising the specter of full-scale military conflict. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)

AP Explains: What's driving India-China military standoff

Sep. 10, 2020 11:07 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Tensions along the disputed India-China border seem to be getting worse, three months after their deadliest confrontation in decades. The Asian giants accused each other this week of sending soldiers into the other’s territory and fired warning shots for the first time in 45...

Water is sprayed on a French-made Rafale fighter jet during its induction ceremony at the Indian Air Force Station in Ambala, India, Thursday, Sept.10, 2020. The first batch of five planes, part of a $8.78 billion deal signed between the two countries in 2016 had arrived here in July. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

India adds 5 French-made fighter jets in military upgrade

Sep. 10, 2020 3:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian air force inducted into service five French-made Rafale fighter jets Thursday amid heightened tensions with China along their disputed frontier. New Delhi has sent reinforcements of fighter jets and military equipment to the Ladakh region after the tense standoff there escalated...