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Indian police block opposition protests over price increases

Aug. 05, 2022 06:07 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police detained dozens of lawmakers from the opposition Congress party, including key leader Rahul Gandhi, as they attempted to march Friday to the president’s palace and prime minister’s residence to protest soaring food and fuel prices and an increase in the goods...

Indian government approves new emissions targets

Aug. 03, 2022 13:09 PM EDT

BENGALURU, India (AP) — Nine months after India announced its target of “net zero” emissions by 2070 at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, the country’s federal cabinet finally approved a new climate plan on Wednesday. The new goals will be submitted to the...

India announces a $100 million credit line to the Maldives

Aug. 02, 2022 06:04 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will give a $100 million line of credit to the Maldives to support development projects, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday after holding talks with his counterpart, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Solih arrived in India on Monday for a four-day...

Isolation complication? US finds it's hard to shun Russia

Jul. 29, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration likes to say Russia has become isolated internationally because of its invasion of Ukraine. Yet Moscow's top officials have hardly been cloistered in the Kremlin. And now, even the U.S. Is talking to them. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

Ethnic minority woman wins India's presidential election

Jul. 21, 2022 12:44 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — A woman who hails from a minority ethnic community was chosen Thursday as India’s new president, a largely ceremonial position. Droupadi Murmu, a leader from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, was elected by the Indian Parliament and state legislatures in...

Global success of 'RRR' signals breakthrough for Tollywood

Jul. 20, 2022 15:43 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — India's film industry is one of the most vast and varied in the world — it's really not one but many separate industries, including Bollywood, Tollywood and others — yet few of the country's roughly 2,000 annually produced movies ever make much of a dent with Western...

India's top court orders release of jailed Muslim journalist

Jul. 20, 2022 06:52 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court Wednesday granted bail to a Muslim journalist and ordered his release from jail, more than three weeks after he was detained for allegedly hurting religious sentiments through his tweets. Mohammed Zubair, a co-founder of fact-checking website...

Ethnic minority woman likely to be voted Indian president

Jul. 18, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Lawmakers began voting Monday to choose India’s next president in an election expected to be won by a woman from India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party who hails from a minority ethnic community. The election of Draupadi Murmu is a formality as Prime Minister...

The Latest: Saudi Arabia lifts ban on Israeli flights

Jul. 14, 2022 20:28 PM EDT

The Latest on U.S. President Joe Biden's trip to the Mideast: JERUSALEM — Saudi Arabia on Friday opened its airspace to “all air carriers,” signaling the end of its longstanding ban on Israeli flights overflying its territory — a key step toward normalization between the two...

EXPLAINER: What's happened and what's next in Sri Lanka

Jul. 13, 2022 01:50 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president, who had announced he would resign Wednesday, has fled the country after months of turmoil culminated in protesters converging on the presidential palace. Here's what’s happening in Sri Lanka: — The country is hurtling toward...