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Pakistani police: Bomb in city of Lahore kills 3, wounds 28

Jan. 20, 2022 12:22 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A powerful bombing struck a crowded bazar Thursday in Pakistan's second largest city, Lahore, killing at least three people and wounding 28, police and rescue officials said. A newly formed separatist group from southwestern Baluchistan province claimed responsibility for...

Sri Lanka settles sovereign bond payment as reserves dwindle

Jan. 20, 2022 10:48 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka has paid $500 million due on sovereign bonds from its badly depleted foreign reserves despite calls by experts to defer the payment and use the sum to import essential foods and medicine. The Indian ocean island nation is in its worst crisis in...

Colorado coal town grapples with future as plant shuts down

Jan. 19, 2022 18:47 PM EST

CRAIG, Colorado (AP) — In a quiet valley tucked away from Colorado’s bustling ski resorts, far from his hometown in northern Mexico, Trinidad Loya found a way to support his family’s American dream: Coal. He, his son and grandson — all named Trinidad Loya — worked for the...

UK police asked to probe Indian officials’ role in Kashmir

Jan. 19, 2022 10:12 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — A London-based law firm filed an application with British police Tuesday seeking the arrest of India's army chief and a senior Indian government official over their alleged roles in war crimes in disputed Kashmir. Law firm Stoke White said it submitted extensive...

AP PHOTOS: Vaccine workers trek in Kashmir's snowy mountains

Jan. 19, 2022 02:29 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — In a Himalayan village in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir, young health worker Masrat Farid packed her bag with vaccines on a frigid morning in January as strong winds swept snow through the air. She is part of a team of health workers undertaking a...

Blast kills 3 sailors on Indian navy ship docked in Mumbai

Jan. 18, 2022 21:48 PM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An explosion on an Indian navy ship killed three sailors Tuesday, the defense ministry said. It is unclear whether others were injured or what caused the blast. The crew on the INS Ranvir acted quickly to bring the situation under control and no major damage has...

Pakistani Taliban claim multiple overnight attacks on police

Jan. 18, 2022 12:45 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban targeted police in multiple attacks overnight in the capital, Islamabad, and the country's restive northwest. Three policemen and three assailants were killed in the shootouts, police and a militant spokesman said Tuesday. The first attack...

Sri Lanka's leader vows rights reforms as debt crisis looms

Jan. 18, 2022 09:19 AM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka’s leader on Tuesday promised human rights reforms and justice for people missing from the country's civil war, after years of resisting calls for such measures. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa was speaking before a new session of Parliament as the...

Pakistani policeman, 2 gunmen killed in shootout in capital

Jan. 17, 2022 14:36 PM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two gunmen opened fire at police officers manning a roadside checkpoint in the capital, Islamabad, on Monday night, triggering a shootout that killed an officer and both assailants, police said. Two policemen were also wounded in the attack near a market, the...

Hindu monk jailed after calling for 'genocide' of Muslims

Jan. 17, 2022 06:29 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian authorities have charged a Hindu monk with inciting religious violence after he called for the “genocide” of India's Muslims at a meeting of right-wing supporters, police said Monday. Senior police officer Swatantra Kumar said Yati Narsinghanand Giri, an...