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Body of Sri Lankan lynching victim arrives from Pakistan

Dec. 06, 2021 19:42 PM EST

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The charred body of a factory manager who was lynched by a mob in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy was brought back to Sri Lanka on Monday. Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara was assaulted by a mob of hundreds of people before being dragged into the...

India hosts Putin as it balances ties with Russia, US

Dec. 06, 2021 11:08 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday to discuss defense and trade relations as India attempts to balance its ties with the United States. The agenda for the annual summit included political and defense issues,...

A timeline of Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi's political life

Dec. 06, 2021 10:27 AM EST

Ousted Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi is the daughter of the country’s independence hero, Gen. Aung San, who was assassinated in 1947, less than six months before the country, then called Burma, became independent from Britain. Suu Kyi, 76, moved to New Delhi in 1960 when her...

Pakistan army helicopter crashes in Kashmir; 2 pilots killed

Dec. 06, 2021 06:39 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani army helicopter crashed on Monday in bad weather in the Pakistan-administered section of disputed Kashmir, killing the two pilots on board, the military said. A statement from the military said the helicopter went down on the Siachen...

Nepal reports first cases of omicron variant

Dec. 06, 2021 03:57 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepalese authorities on Monday reported the first cases of the omicron variant in the Himalayan nation. A Health Ministry statement said a 66-year-old foreign national who arrived by air on Nov. 19 tested positive for the variant along with...

Indian villagers clash with army over mistaken killings

Dec. 05, 2021 09:34 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Angry villagers burned army vehicles in protest after more than a dozen people were killed by soldiers who mistakenly believed some of them were militants in India’s remote northeast region along the border with Myanmar, officials said Sunday. ...

Pakistan PM reassures president over Sri Lankan's lynching

Dec. 05, 2021 06:46 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's prime minister told Sri Lanka's president that more than 100 people have been detained in the lynching of a Sri Lankan factory manager and suspects will be “prosecuted with the full severity of the law.” Imran Khan said in an overnight...

Police: Pakistan detains scores in lynching of Sri Lankan

Dec. 04, 2021 04:45 AM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Police arrested 13 suspects and detained dozens of others in the lynching of a Sri Lankan employee at a sports equipment factory in eastern Pakistan, officials said Saturday. A mob of hundreds of enraged Muslims descended on the factory in the...

Storm weakens after heavy rain, evacuation in southern India

Dec. 04, 2021 01:28 AM EST

HYDERABAD, India (AP) — A tropical storm weakened after dumping heavy rains overnight in parts of southern India off the Bay of Bengal as more than 50,000 people evacuated to government-run camps, officials said Saturday. No loss of life or major damage has been...

Pakistan police: Mob kills Sri Lankan over alleged blasphemy

Dec. 03, 2021 15:12 PM EST

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — A Muslim mob descended on a sports equipment factory in Pakistan's eastern Punjab province on Friday, killing a Sri Lankan man and burning his body publicly over allegations of blasphemy, police said. Armagan Gondal, a police chief in the...