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Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Indian lawmakers repeal farm reforms after year of protests

Nov. 29, 2021 05:22 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian lawmakers on Monday repealed agricultural legislation that provoked a year of nationwide protests from farmers, in a move that was seen as a major reversal and rare climbdown for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, which had ardently defended the controversial...

Interfaith love a risk amid India's Hindu nationalist surge

Nov. 29, 2021 01:23 AM EST

BELAGAVI, India (AP) — Arbaz Mullah’s love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. Over nearly three years, their courtship in many ways resembled that of any other couple: They went on dates and to...

Interfaith love a risk amid India's Hindu nationalist surge

Nov. 29, 2021 01:21 AM EST

BELAGAVI, India (AP) — Arbaz Mullah’s love story began, as romances often do, when he first laid eyes on the woman of his dreams, Shweta Kumbhar. Over nearly three years, their courtship in many ways resembled that of any other couple and they made each other promises...

India asks Starlink to obtain license for internet services

Nov. 27, 2021 05:37 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian government has asked Starlink Internet Services of Elon Musk’s SpaceX aerospace company to comply with the country’s regulatory framework before offering its satellite-based internet services. A Communications Ministry statement late...

Thousands of Indian farmers celebrate 1 year of key protests

Nov. 26, 2021 06:05 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of jubilant Indian farmers waving green and white flags on Friday marked the anniversary of their movement by celebrating a victory that forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to withdraw three agriculture laws the farmers feared would drastically reduce their...

Pakistan disputes India's claim that pilot downed F-16 jet

Nov. 23, 2021 07:18 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan on Tuesday rejected India's claim that an Indian pilot shot down the Islamic nation’s F-16 fighter plane in 2019. The statement from Pakistan came a day after Indian President Ram Nath Kovind awarded pilot Abhinandan Varthaman India's...

India anti-terror agency arrests prominent Kashmir activist

Nov. 23, 2021 05:26 AM EST

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India’s counter-terrorism investigating agency has arrested a prominent human rights activist in Indian-controlled Kashmir, in a new crackdown on rights groups in the disputed region. The National Investigation Agency, aided by police and...

Bowing to protests, India's Modi agrees to repeal farm laws

Nov. 19, 2021 09:36 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — In a major reversal, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced Friday that he would repeal the controversial agriculture laws that sparked yearlong protests from tens of thousands of farmers and posed a significant challenge to his administration. ...

EXPLAINER: Why did Modi repeal India farm laws after a year?

Nov. 19, 2021 06:38 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a surprise announcement Friday that he will withdraw agriculture laws that triggered a year of farmer protests, in what is seen as a major climbdown by his government. The nationwide demonstrations were the biggest challenge faced to...