Latest South Asia News

The Latest: Trump speaks with India's Modi about Pakistan

Aug. 19, 2019 3:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on tensions in the disputed Kashmir region (all times local): 12:40 a.m. President Donald Trump has spoken with India's prime minister about the importance of reducing tensions between India and Pakistan amid growing tensions in the region. Pakistan said Monday that Indian...

General accused of war abuses named Sri Lanka's army chief

Aug. 19, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president on Monday appointed a general accused of grave human rights abuses in the final stages of its long civil war as the country's new army chief, a move a top United Nations human rights official said is likely to impact contributions to U.N peacekeeping...

Pakistani PM keeps powerful army chief in place 3 more years

Aug. 19, 2019 12:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister is keeping his powerful army chief in place for another three years, amid heightened tensions with India over Kashmir as well as the end of U.S.-Talban peace talks for neighboring Afghanistan. Imran Khan postponed on Monday the retirement of Gen. Qamar Javed...

A look at the Islamic State affiliate's rise in Afghanistan

Aug. 19, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bombing at a wedding party in Kabul claimed by a local Islamic State affiliate has renewed fears about the growing threat posed by its thousands of fighters, as well as their ability to plot global attacks from a stronghold in the forbidding mountains of northeastern...

Afghanistan mourns, vows to crush militants after attack

Aug. 19, 2019 11:56 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — As Afghanistan mourned the 63 people killed in a suicide bombing at a Kabul wedding , a brother of the groom spoke through tears of his weariness at the bloodshed in the country and the crushing guilt he felt at having to face his neighbors, many of whom lost relatives in the...

Pakistan decries cross-border fire as Kashmir security eases

Aug. 19, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Pakistan said Indian troops fired across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two civilians and wounding another, as some security restrictions were lifted Monday in the main city of Srinagar. Pakistan and Indian often exchange fire in the Himalayan region, but...

Nepal protesters urge end to plan to chop trees for airport

Aug. 19, 2019 3:58 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Around 100 people protested in Nepal's capital on Monday to voice their opposition to plans to cut down millions of trees to build an international airport in the southern part of the country. The protesters picketed the offices of the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal and the...

Bomb blast kills Pakistani tribal elder near Afghan border

Aug. 18, 2019 12:40 PM EDT

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a pro-government tribal elder has been killed by a bomb planted in his vehicle in the country's northwest, near the Afghan border. Senior officer Mian Naseeb Jan said Sunday's explosion killed four others and wounded six as they were traveling in the Upper Dir...

Restrictions continue in Kashmir despite security ease

Aug. 18, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Restrictions continued in much of Indian-administered Kashmir on Sunday, despite India's government saying it was gradually restoring phone lines and easing a security lockdown that's been in place for nearly two weeks. Soldiers manned nearly deserted streets and limited the movement of...

Police: Mudslide in Pakistani-administered Kashmir kills 7

Aug. 18, 2019 3:30 AM EDT

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say a mudslide after heavy rains killed seven members of a single family, including five children, in Pakistani-administered Kashmir. Police official Raja Zulqarnain said on Sunday that the seven died when their house collapsed the previous day in the village...