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Meet the 14-year-old who won the Scripps National Spelling Bee with 'psammophile'

Jun. 02, 2023 09:05 AM EDT

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Fifteen months ago, Dev Shah spent a miserable five hours spelling outdoors in chilly, windy, damp conditions at a supersize regional competition in Orlando, Florida, only to fall short of his dream of returning to the Scripps National Spelling Bee. ...

India pauses plans to add new coal plants for five years, bets on renewables, batteries

Jun. 01, 2023 07:24 AM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — The Indian government will not consider any proposals for new coal plants for the next five years and focus on growing its renewables sector, according to an updated national electricity plan released Wednesday evening. The temporary pause in the growth of...

India, Nepal prime ministers meet to deepen ties as China's influence grows in region

Jun. 01, 2023 05:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Nepal’s prime minister held talks with his Indian counterpart on Thursday as India and its rival China bid for influence in the tiny Himalayan nation as part of a greater regional power struggle. Pushpa Kamal Dahal met Narendra Modi in New Delhi during a...

Indian wrestlers delay plan to throw medals into Ganges River as part of sexual abuse protest

May. 30, 2023 12:43 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India's top wrestlers held off from throwing their medals into the country's sacred Ganges River on Tuesday — as part of an ongoing protest against sexual harassment — after a community leader intervened and persuaded them against doing so. The wrestlers, who...

At least 10 dead, 55 injured as bus of Hindu pilgrims falls into gorge in Indian-controlled Kashmir

May. 30, 2023 05:36 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — A bus carrying Hindu pilgrims to a shrine in Indian-controlled Kashmir skidded off a highway bridge into a Himalayan gorge Tuesday, killing at least 10 people and injuring 55, police said. The bus was on the way to Katra town from the northern state of...

India's northeast remains on edge after ethnic clashes as home minister plans visit

May. 29, 2023 10:57 AM EDT

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Shootings and arson continued Monday in India’s northeastern state of Manipur, where clashes between security forces and tribal insurgents the previous day killed five people, media reports said. The state, which borders Myanmar, has been roiled by violence...

What California's Ravidassia community believes and why they want caste bias outlawed

May. 29, 2023 08:13 AM EDT

In California, members of an under-the-radar, minority religious community are stepping into the public eye to advocate for making the state the first in the nation to outlaw caste bias. They are the Ravidassia — followers of Ravidass, a 14th century Indian guru who preached caste...

Modi opponents boycott opening of new Indian Parliament; PM says it breaks with colonial past

May. 28, 2023 05:18 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s major opposition parties on Sunday boycotted the inauguration of a new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a rare show of unity against his Hindu nationalist ruling party, which has ruled for nine years and is seeking a third term in next year's...

Indian official suspended after he drains reservoir to retrieve phone he dropped while taking selfie

May. 28, 2023 01:11 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A government official in India has been suspended from his job after he ordered a water reservoir to be drained so he could retrieve his smartphone, which he had dropped while taking a selfie. Food inspector Rajesh Vishwas dropped his Samsung smartphone in...

Jonathan India homers twice as Cincinnati Reds beat Chicago Cubs 8-5

May. 27, 2023 23:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jonathan India homered twice and drove in five runs, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the struggling Chicago Cubs 8-5 on Saturday night. TJ Friedl and rookie Matt McLain each had two hits and scored two runs as Cincinnati won for the fourth time in six games. Tyler...