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Cyberattack on top Indian hospital highlights security risk

Dec. 07, 2022 09:17 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The leading hospital in India's capital limped back to normalcy on Wednesday after a cyberattack crippled its operations for nearly two weeks. Online registration of patients resumed Tuesday after the hospital was able to access its server and recover lost data....

Report: Killing of Pakistani journalist in Kenya 'planned'

Dec. 07, 2022 07:46 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The killing in Kenya of an outspoken Pakistani journalist was a “planned assassination," a team of Pakistani investigators said in a report released Wednesday, weeks after the mysterious slaying triggered condemnations and calls for an independent probe. ...

Nepal votes counted, but new government could take days

Dec. 07, 2022 03:24 AM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal has finished counting the votes that were cast in the Nov. 20 parliamentary elections, an election official said Wednesday, in polls that will ultimately determine the next prime minister. But formation of a new government could take days as no single...

Taliban allow high school graduation exams for Afghan girls

Dec. 07, 2022 00:28 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Afghan girls will be allowed to take their high school graduation exams this week, an official and documents from the Taliban government indicated Tuesday — even though they have been banned from classrooms since the former insurgents took over the country last year. ...

Taliban: Roadside bomb kills 6 people in north Afghanistan

Dec. 06, 2022 06:42 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A roadside bomb went off near a bus with government employees during rush hour on Tuesday morning in northern Afghanistan, killing six people, a Taliban official said. Mohammad Asif Waziri, the Taliban-appointed spokesman for the police chief in Balkh province,...

Pakistan army: 5 militants, soldier killed in shootout in NW

Dec. 05, 2022 09:37 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Security forces raided a militant hideout in a former Pakistani Taliban stronghold near the border with Afghanistan, triggering a shootout that killed five insurgents and a soldier, the military said Monday. The shootout happened in North Waziristan, a...

India signals it will continue to buy oil from Russia

Dec. 05, 2022 06:25 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — India will prioritize its own energy needs and continue to buy oil from Russia, its foreign minister signaled Monday, as Western governments press Moscow with a price cap to squeeze its earnings from oil exports. Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar...

IS suspect arrested in Pakistan Embassy attack in Kabul

Dec. 05, 2022 05:28 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A member of the militant Islamic State group has been arrested in last week’s shooting attack targeting the Pakistani Embassy in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, the spokesman of the Taliban government said. The attack, in which shots were fired at the embassy...

IS claims attack at Pakistan embassy that wounded guard

Dec. 04, 2022 03:28 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for last week's shooting at the Pakistani embassy in Afghanistan in which the head of the mission escaped unharmed but a guard was wounded. In a brief statement late Saturday, IS claimed two of its fighters attacked...

AP PHOTOS: Pageant celebrates transgender life in India

Dec. 04, 2022 00:07 AM EST

GUWAHATI, India (AP) — Anilya Boro may not have won the crown at India's Miss Trans NE pageant this year, but having her parents there in support was a validation in its own right. “I must prove to my parents that I can do something as a girl,” said the 22-year-old. “I...