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India cancels rare Pakistan meeting over 'brutal killings'

Sep 21, 2018 - 9:48 PM

The Indian foreign ministry says the cancellation follows the 'latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism'

NO MEETING. Images from Twitter @SMQureshiPTI and @sushmaswaraj

Ex-UN climate chief to face sexual assault trial

Sep 14, 2018 - 9:48 PM

Rajendra Pachauri is charged under various counts including sexual assault, harassment and criminal intimidation, according to the complainant's lawyer

RAJENDRA PACHAURI. In this file photo taken on December 11, 2014 Indian former UN climate panel chief Rajendra Pachauri speaks during a high level meeting at the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences in Lima. File photo by Eitan Abramovich/AFP

50 dead as Indian bus plunges into valley

Sep 11, 2018 - 6:52 PM

The bus carrying 80 people was returning from the Hindu temple of Kondagattu Anjaneya Swamy in the hilly southern state of Telangana when it skids off the road

BUS CRASH. Onlookers and rescuers gather around a bus that crashed in Jagtial district in India's southern Telangana state on September 11, 2018. Photo by AFP

The week in photos: September 1-7, 2018

Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

India's 12-toed Asian Games champion to get special footwear

Sep 01, 2018 - 8:59 PM

A company has offered to provide special footwear for Asiad heptathlon gold winner Swapna Barman

CHAMPION. India’s Swapna Barman bags an athletics gold despite the pain caused by ill-fitting shoes. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Flood toll in India's Kerala rises to 445

Aug 26, 2018 - 2:26 PM

Around a million people are still packed into temporary relief camps and 15 are reported missing

‘Ghoul’ review: Effective world-building, rushed scares

Aug 24, 2018 - 8:18 PM

Netflix and Blumhouse’s first foray into Hindi-language horror exerts effort to enrich its world but fails to maximize elements in creating scares

More bodies found in flooded Kerala as toll hits 357

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:29 PM

(UPDATED) Some 353,000 people have taken shelter in 3,026 relief camps as thousands of army, navy, and air force troops fan out to help those still stranded

Locator map of India

Flood rescue stepped up as more torrential rain batters Kerala

Aug 18, 2018 - 4:20 PM

(UPDATED) Authorities have warned that rains and strong winds are predicted for many parts of Kerala on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19

Thousands attend funeral of late Indian leader

Aug 17, 2018 - 10:06 PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi leads the procession through Delhi to the leafy cremation grounds near the sacred Yamuna River.

LATE LEADER. In this file photo, the leader of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya (BJP, Indian People's Party) Atal Bihari Vajpayee is garlanded with flowers at his residence on May 15, 1996 in New Delhi. File photro by Douglas Curran/AFP

India to send manned mission to space by 2022 – Modi

Aug 15, 2018 - 1:21 PM

Stepping up its rivalry with China, India has invested heavily in its space program in the past decade

SPACE EXPLORATION. Prime Minister Narendra Modi says India will send a manned mission into space by 2022. File photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

Protests after 7-year-old raped in Delhi

Aug 10, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Local media reports say the suspect, who had been hired by the school just a month ago, pulled the girl into a secluded water-pump room just as she was leaving to go home

At least 11 workers dead in India quarry blast

Aug 04, 2018 - 3:10 PM

Police say fire erupted inside a room that stores dynamite sticks used for blasting holes in the quarry's rock walls

4 million in Indian state risk losing citizenship

Jul 30, 2018 - 5:49 PM

A new draft register of citizens includes only those able to prove they were in Assam before 1971, when millions fled Bangladesh's war of independence into the state, and their descendants

INDIA CITIZENSHIP PROTEST. Indian demonstrators hold placards during a protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 proposal to provide citizenship or stay rights to minorities from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan in India, in Guwahati on May 7, 2018. File photo by Biju Boro/AFP

33 killed in India as bus plunges off mountain road

Jul 28, 2018 - 7:53 PM

Only one passenger is believed to have survived the accident in Raigad district of Maharashtra state

PH's Howard Dee, 5 others named 2018 Ramon Magsaysay awardees

Jul 26, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Other awardees of Asia's equivalent of the Nobel Prize are Youk Chang of Cambodia, Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz of East Timor, Bharat Vatwani and Sonam Wangchuk of India, and Vo Thi Hoang Yen of Vietnam

RAMON MAGSAYSAY AWARDEE. Former Ambassador Howard Dee is honored for his contributions to peace and social justice. Photo from ue.edu.ph

WhatsApp limits forwarding in India after lynchings

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:11 PM

WhatsApp says it will test limiting the ability to forward messages and cap at 5 the number of contacts or groups that messages can be forwarded to.

WHATSAPP. This photo illustration shows an Indian newspaper vendor reading a newspaper with a full back page advertisement from WhatsApp intended to counter fake information, in New Delhi on July 10, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Indian building collapse kills 3, with 12 missing

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:10 AM

(UPDATED) Three bodies are pulled so far from under tons of concrete and metal from the building, which was still under construction when it gave way late Tuesday in Greater Noida just east of the capital

COLLAPSE. Members of India's National Disaster Response Force, along with local police, search for victims after an under construction building collapsed in the village of Shah Beri village in Greater Noida, a satellite town east of the Indian capital, in Uttar Pradesh on July 18, 2018. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Indian minor raped by 17 men over weeks

Jul 17, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Among those arrested are the 300-room building's security guards, plumber and elevator operator, state police say.

India orders all Mother Teresa care homes inspected

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED)The government directive comes after police earlier this month arrested a nun and a worker at one of the Missionaries of Charity order's homes over allegations that at least 5 infants were sold for potentially thousands of dollars

SUSPECT. An Indian nun (center) with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity hides her face as she sits outside a court under police protection before a hearing on child trafficking charges in Ranchi, in India's eastern Jharkhand state. AFP Photo

Arrests after India mob lynches man over WhatsApp child abduction rumor

Jul 15, 2018 - 8:00 PM

The men are arrested over the murder of 27-year-old Mohammad Azam, who was attacked along with two friends by a 2,000-strong mob in southern Karnataka state's Bidar district late Friday

U.S., Japan, Australia most trusted by Filipinos – Pulse Asia

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:32 AM

China ranks 4th in a list of countries most trusted by Filipinos, based on a Pulse Asia survey commissioned by the Stratbase Albert del Rosario Institute

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Student pushed to death during safety drill in India

Jul 13, 2018 - 5:31 PM

Horrified onlookers watch as the 19-year-old strikes a concrete landing after being shoved off a ledge by the instructor. The whole incident is captured on video and provokes outrage after the footage goes viral on social media.

Samsung opens world's biggest smartphone factory in India

Jul 09, 2018 - 11:05 PM

The decision by Samsung comes at a critical time for the South Korean electronics giant, which is facing a tough battle from Chinese competitors for the control of India's massive smartphone market

THE LARGEST MOBILE FACTORY. South Korea's President Moon Jae-in speacks during the inauguration of the world's largest mobile factory at the Samsung India electronics private limited in Noida on July 9, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indian court upholds death sentences over 2012 gang-rape

Jul 09, 2018 - 5:55 PM

Four men are convicted in September 2013 for murder, gang rape, theft, conspiracy and 'unnatural acts' after a 7-month trial in a fast-track court. Only 3 of them are involved in the appeal rejected on Monday.

Mother Teresa charity shocked after India babies 'sold'

Jul 06, 2018 - 8:28 PM

'It is against our moral convictions. We are carefully looking into the matter. We will take all the necessary precautions that this kind of incident never happens again,' a statement from the Missionaries of Charity organization says.

BABY SELLING. An Indian nun with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity hides her face as she sits outside a court under police protection before a hearing on child trafficking charges in Ranchi, in India's eastern Jharkhand state, on July 5, 2018.  Photo by AFP

Mother Teresa's charity sold babies – Indian police

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Police say the infant was sold to a family in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state for $1,700 by the two suspects

Grandmaster in a flash: Indian prodigy chess champ at 12

Jun 25, 2018 - 4:28 PM

Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa becomes the world's second youngest chess grandmaster ever

YOUNG COG. Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa falls more than 3 months short of the world's youngest chess grandmaster. Photo by Vysotsky from Wikimedia Commons


Ikea bets big on India but keeps meatballs off the menu

Jun 24, 2018 - 4:35 PM

The world's biggest furniture retailer says it is 'very bullish and excited about the Indian market'

This photo taken on June 22, 2018 shows the under-construction site of an IKEA store in Hyderabad. Furniture giant Ikea is set to open its first store and restaurant in India after years of trying but arguably its most famous item is off the menu -- Swedish meatballs. / AFP PHOTO / NOAH SEELAM / TO GO WITH: Economy-India-Sweden-retail-Ikea, FOCUS by Vishal MANVE

Nothing to be afraid of? Other countries use their national IDs in countless ways

Jun 15, 2018 - 3:14 PM

While proponents of a national ID system in the Philippines argue it will improve government services, examples from other countries show the many uses of a national ID beyond government functions

NATIONAL ID. Countries like Estonia, Pakistan, India, and Peru show the various way in which a national ID can be utilized by both government and private entities.

China's Xi hails 'unity' of security bloc led with Russia

Jun 09, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Chinese President Xi Jinping says this year, they would 'draw up a blueprint for the SCO's future growth'

VISIT AND SUMMIT. Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) reviews a military honor guard with Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) during a welcoming ceremony outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 8, 2018. Putin arrived for a state visit to China, and for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Leaders Summit in the eastern port city of Qingdao on June 9-10. Photo by Greg Baker/Pool/AFP

India journalist gets death threats, online hate over gov't exposé

Jun 03, 2018 - 11:10 PM

The harassment might have taken its toll on the physical and emotional well-being of Rana Ayyub, but she vows never to be silenced

Marauding monkeys injure tourists at India's Taj Mahal

May 22, 2018 - 9:58 PM

'They were taking selfies in front of the Taj when a group of monkeys attacked them,' says a tourist officer

TAJ MAHAL. An Indian man (left) performs yoga at the back of the Taj Mahal on the banks of the Yamuna river in Agra.  Photo by CHhandan Khanna/AFP

Indian Kashmir shutdown to protest Modi visit

May 19, 2018 - 7:57 PM

Separatist groups call for a strike and a protest march to a city square. Main roads leading to the square are barricaded to stop anyone getting in.

SECURITY. Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard in Srinagar on May 18, 2018. Security forces in Jammu and Kashmir were put on high alert May 18 ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state on Saturday, May 19. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India halts Kashmir military operations for Ramadan

May 17, 2018 - 9:32 PM

The nearly 30-day halt is the first of its kind in Indian-controlled Kashmir for nearly two decades, and follows an escalation of violence in recent months in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region

RAMADAN PEACE. A Kashmiri Muslim prays inside Kashmir's main mosque Jamia Masjid during the first day of Ramadan in Srinagar on June 17, 2018. Photo by  Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Sex bias kills 240,000 infant girls in India yearly – study

May 15, 2018 - 6:10 PM

'Around 22 percent of the overall mortality burden of females under 5 (in India) is therefore due to gender bias,' says international research group

MOTHER AND CHILD. File photo show an Indian mother holding the hand of her new born infant at maternity ward of a government hospital during Mother's Day in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura on May 13, 2018. Photo by  Arindam Dey / AFP

Wild storms kill at least 70 in India

May 14, 2018 - 3:42 PM

Winds of over 100 kilometers (62 miles) per hour struck parts of north, east and southern India late Sunday, uprooting trees, electricity pylons and damaging houses, officials from federal and state disaster management agencies say

AFTER THE STORM. Indian workers remove a damaged electrical transmission tower which collapsed in a storm on May 12 in Ibban Kallan village on the outskirts of Amritsar on May 13, 2018.  Photo by Narinder Naru/AFP

Voter bribes claimed as key Indian state holds election

May 12, 2018 - 4:50 PM

(UPDATED) Voting is postponed in one constituency after the discovery of the voting cards, which authorities suspect were obtained through bribes

INDIA VOTE. Indian voters queue to cast their ballots in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly Elections at a polling station in Bangalore on May 12, 2018. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Did DFA do enough in rape scandal?

May 08, 2018 - 4:41 PM

After the son of a Philippine diplomat is raped, the family finds insufficient support from the Department of Foreign Affairs despite persistent pleas for help

Sotto wrong, rights groups not quiet over India rape cases – HRW

May 08, 2018 - 1:55 PM

Human Rights Watch tells Philippine Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III that international groups have been speaking up about sexual violence in India

Sen. Tito Sotto. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Second India teen raped, set on fire – police

May 07, 2018 - 3:01 PM

'The girl has suffered 70% first-degree burns. There is a chance that she will survive,' Shailendra Barnwal, police superintendent of Pakur district, says

India gov't approves death penalty for child rapists

Apr 21, 2018 - 10:32 PM

The new decree requires trials involving child victims to be completed in two months after an arrest

Indian government considering death penalty for child rapists

Apr 20, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Demonstrations across the country, after the release of horrific details of the murder of the Muslim girl by a group of Hindu men, has increased pressure on the government to take action on sexual crimes

PROTEST. Indian supporters of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Chaudhary Lal Singh, who resigned from the state cabinet over the Kathua rape and murder case of an eight-year-old girl, hold placards during a rally in support of a new probe led by the federal Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), in Jammu on April 19, 2018. Photo by Sajjad Hussain AFP

The Great Impersonators: Charlie Chaplin fans parade through town in India

Apr 17, 2018 - 11:49 PM

Every year on April 16, residents of Adipur – in India's far western state of Gujarat – honor the legendary silent actor's birthday by imitating his slapstick style in a parade

CHAPLIN LIVES. In this photograph taken on April 16, 2018, young Charlie Chaplin impersonators pose for a picture during an event commemorating the legendary actor's 129th brithday in Adipur, some 60 km northwest of Bhuj in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee /AFP

With new fleet, PAL readies nonstop flights to New York, India

Apr 15, 2018 - 9:45 PM

Philippine Airlines president Jaime Bautista says introducing new routes to India is the airline's response to the call of Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo for a direct link to the country – a potentially rich source of future tourists for the Philippines

MORE FLIGHTS. PAL is also planning to launch international routes directly from Davao International Airport, to Bangkok or a point in Japan. Stock photo of Rappler

Building collapse kills 10 in central India

Apr 01, 2018 - 1:42 PM

Local media reports say the collapse took place after a car drove into the building's front portion

ANOTHER COLLAPSE. India is infamous for its deadly building collapses that usually claim the lives of many people

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Mar 22, 2018 - 8:01 PM

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Modi, Macron sign key security deal with an eye on China

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:36 PM

Modi says the accord was crucial as the Indian Ocean region would play a 'very significant role' in the days to come

INDIA VISIT. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and his wife Brigitte pose with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) on March 9, 2018 at New Delhi's military airport as they arrive for a 3-day visit in the country. Photo by Ludovic Marin/Pool/AFP

30 killed as wedding party truck overturns in India

Mar 06, 2018 - 9:15 PM

The accident occurs after the truck driver tries to overtake a van but loses control of the vehicle, plunging eight meters (26 feet) into a dry riverbed

India says farewell to Bollywood icon Sridevi

Feb 28, 2018 - 2:57 PM

(UPDATED) Tributes pour in from fans and fellow actors as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi

'I MISS YOU' A woman holds a picture of late Bollywood actress Sridevi Kapoor as she stands outside her house before Sridevi's funeral in Mumbai on February 28, 2018. Punit Paranjpe/AFP