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India bans Muslim group for alleged terrorist activities

Sep. 28, 2022 01:22 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government banned a Muslim organization for five years, accusing it Wednesday of funding terrorist activities, providing armed training to its supporters and radicalizing people for anti-India activities. The ban followed the arrests and detentions of...

How a small Wisconsin town became home to 4 Dharmic temples

Sep. 14, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

(RNS) — Tucked away on a hill beyond a vast commercial landscape are the first two Dharmic temples to exist in the Midwestern state of Wisconsin. The 22 acres that are home to the Hindu and Jain Temples of Wisconsin were situated in “the middle of nowhere” when they were built...

Nepal's holy Bagmati River choked with black sewage, trash

Aug. 17, 2022 03:04 AM EDT

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — High on a mountain in the Himalayas, pristine drops fall from the mouth of a tiger statue installed at a stream thought to form the headwaters of the Bagmati River, long revered as having the power to purify souls. From there it wends its way downhill past verdant forests...

At 75, India’s democracy is under pressure like never before

Aug. 12, 2022 09:20 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Aug. 5 demonstrations by India’s main opposition Congress party against soaring food prices and unemployment began like any other recent protest — an electorally weak opposition taking to the New Delhi streets against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s massively popular...

2nd Australian state bans public displays of Nazi swastikas

Aug. 11, 2022 07:43 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — A second Australian state on Thursday banned public displays of Nazi symbols. New South Wales, the nation’s most populous state, followed Victoria, the second most populous, which banned the public display of Nazi swastikas in June. The law was passed...

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...

Thousands rescued at flood-hit Hindu pilgrimage in Kashmir

Jul. 09, 2022 06:54 AM EDT

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Emergency workers rescued thousands of pilgrims after flash floods triggered by sudden rains swept through their makeshift camps during an annual Hindu pilgrimage to an icy Himalayan cave in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Saturday. At least 16 people have died...