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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...

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...

India's 'patriotism pop' songs urge Hindus to claim Kashmir

Aug. 22, 2019 8:39 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The music videos began appearing on social media within hours of the announcement by India's Hindu nationalist-led government that it was stripping statehood from the disputed region of Kashmir that had been in place for decades. The songs delivered a message to India's 250 million YouTube...

France presses India to opt for dialogue in Kashmir crisis

Aug. 22, 2019 4:08 PM EDT

CHANTILLY, France (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has met with India's prime minister, discussing climate and other concerns ahead of the G-7 summit but also pressing for dialogue with Pakistan over the crisis in Kashmir. The meeting Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of a marathon...

Indian court orders ex-finance minister held for questioning

Aug. 22, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian court on Thursday ordered that a former finance minister belonging to the opposition Congress party be held for four days for questioning by investigators in suspected bribery and money laundering cases. Palaniappan Chidambaram appeared before Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar a day after...

Indian investigators arrest key opposition leader

Aug. 21, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Federal investigators on Wednesday arrested a key opposition Indian National Congress party leader at his home in the Indian capital in a suspected money laundering case. Palaniappan Chidambaram was taken into custody on suspicion of conspiring with a Mauritius-based firm to illegally...