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Woman rescued as death toll rises in Mumbai building collapse

Jul 17, 2019 - 4:37 PM

Heavy monsoon rains trap more than 40 people after a building crumbled in southern Mumbai's congested Dongri area, with rescuers and volunteers struggling to conduct their search among the narrow lanes

RESCUED. Indian National Disaster Response Force and Indian fire brigade personnel rescue a survivor from after a building collapsed in Mumbai on July 16, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Monsoon rains wreak flood havoc across South Asia

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:18 PM

The downpours – which stretch from June to September – can turn deadly, and wreak havoc again this year across India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan-administered Kashmir

FLOODING. Members of an Indian family stand atop a hut at the flood affected area of Hatishila in Kamrup district of India's Assam state on July 16, 2019. Photo by Biju Boro/AFP

14 killed in building collapse as monsoon batters South Asia

Jul 15, 2019 - 4:34 PM

(UPDATED) Heavy monsoon rains leave more than 100 dead across South Asia

COLLAPSED HOUSE. Indian rescuers work on a site after a multi-storey building collapsed following heavy rains near Kumarhatti. Photo by AFP

India scrubs Moon mission launch an hour before liftoff

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:38 PM

The countdown is halted 56 minutes and 24 seconds before the planned liftoff at 2:51 am (9:21 pm GMT on Sunday)

SCRUBBING THE LAUNCH. Spectators disperse after a mission of the Indian Space Research Organisation's (ISRO) Chandrayaan-2, with the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1) on board, was scrubbed due to a technical snag in Sriharikota, India in the early hours of July 15, 2019. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Frantic search for toddler who fell into Mumbai drain

Jul 12, 2019 - 7:21 PM

The one-and-a-half-year-old boy, who has gone missing from home, is seen on CCTV falling into a drain overflowing with monsoon rain

SEARCH. Indian commuters walk past the spot where a toddler fell inside a sewage drain in Mumbai on July 12, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

GoPro video reveals last moments of doomed Himalayan climbers

Jul 09, 2019 - 7:25 AM

An officer of the rescuing Indo-Tibetan Border Police says, the 'GoPro has proved to be like the black box of an aircraft giving an insight into the last few moments of the climbers'

In this handout photo taken and released by the Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) on July 3, 2019, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel line up the bodies of mountaineers retrieved from Nanda Devi after landing in a helicopter in Pithoragarh in the Indian state of Uttarakhand on July 3, 2019. - Indian rescuers brought down on July 3 the bodies of four out of eight climbers killed in an avalanche almost six weeks ago on the country's second-highest mountain. The four Britons, two Americans, one Indian and one Australian went missing in the last week of May trying to summit a virgin peak on Nanda Devi in the Himalayas. (Photo by Handout / Indo Tibetan Border Patrol (ITBP) / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / INDO TIBETAN BORDER PATROL" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ---

29 die as bus falls off India's 'highway to hell'

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:07 PM

(UPDATED) The driver is suspected of having fallen asleep before the bus crashed into a railing and fell into a drain between two flyovers on the Yamuna expressway which connects New Delhi with Agra

CRASH AND FALL. Onlookers and Indian police gather around the crumpled remains of a bus that crashed on the Delhi-Agra expressway, near Agra on July 8, 2019. Photo by Pawan Sharma/AFP

Rahul Gandhi resigns as leader of India's opposition Congress party

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:14 AM

'As president of the Congress party, I am responsible for the loss of the 2019 election, Gandhi says in a statement on his official Twitter account

Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. - India's mammoth six-week general election kicked off April 11, with polling stations in the country's northeast among the first to open. Gujarat state will go to the polls during phase 3 of India's general election on April 23. (Photo by SAM PANTHAKY / AFP)

Mother-daughter killed over witchcraft allegation in India

Jun 29, 2019 - 10:05 PM

Some states in India have introduced special laws to try to curb crimes against people accused of witchcraft and superstition

Bodies of climbers found in Himalayas were roped together – police

Jun 27, 2019 - 7:09 PM

The search for the eighth climber in the group of 4 Britons, two Americans, one Australian and their Indian guide continue with bad weather hampering the operations in the treacherous terrain

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers (L-R) Zachary Quai, Ian Wade, Kate Armstrone and Mark Thomas speak with an ITBP personnel upon arriving to the ITBP camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

'Baby India': Video shows newborn found in plastic bag

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Police body camera records Forsyth County Sheriff deputies discovering on the night of June 6 an infant tied up in a bag and left by a roadside

BABY INDIA. Screenshot of Youtube video of Forsyth County Sheriff's Office .

Pompeo holds talks in 'tariff king' India

Jun 26, 2019 - 12:59 PM

(UPDATED) Mike Pompeo and Narendra Modi give no news conference, though Pompeo is due to give a statement to media on Wednesday

MIKE POMPEO. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is welcomed with a flower bouquet upon his arrival at the Palam technical airport in New Delhi on June 25, 2019 for a state visit. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indian rescuers to airlift bodies back from Himalaya slope

Jun 24, 2019 - 4:11 PM

Indo-Tibetan Border Police spokesman Vivek Kumar Pandey says the bodies would be brought to the base camp from where they will attempt to airlift them down using special choppers

RESCUE TEAM. This handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 13, 2019, shows members of the rescue team before their departure by land to the Nanda Devi East base camp, Handout photo by Indo Tibetan Border Police/AFP

Bodies of 7 climbers retrieved from Indian mountain

Jun 23, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Authorities say it took 5 hours to retrieve the bodies

India stampede leaves at least 14 dead

Jun 23, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Authorities say the stamped was triggered after storng winds caused a large marquee to collapse during a religious event attended by thousands

India rejects critical U.S. religious freedom report

Jun 23, 2019 - 3:33 PM

'Despite Indian government statistics indicating that communal violence has increased sharply over the past two years, the Modi administration has not addressed the problem,' the US report international religious freedom finds

RELIGION. Indian Muslim devotees offer prayers during Eid al-Fitr at the Taj Mahal in Agra on June 5, 2019. File photo by Pawan Sharma/AFP

Sand mafias silence ​journalists in India

Jun 21, 2019 - 12:00 AM

Independent journalist Jagendra Singh says in a video recorded in a local hospital he was brought to: 'The motherfuckers poured petrol on me. They jumped over the wall and got in. If they wanted to, they could have arrested me instead.'

SAND MINING. Beaches in Tamil Nadu. Photo courtesy of Forbidden Stories

Anger in India as lychee-linked brain fever kills 103 children

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:44 PM

So far this month 103 children, mostly under 10 and malnourished, are dead from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the Muzaffarpur area of the eastern state of Bihar

BRAIN FEVER. In this photo taken on June 17, 2019, Indian children suspected to have Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) arrive at the government-run Sri Krishna Medical College and Hospital in Muzaffarpur district in the eastern state of Bihar. Photo by AFP

Brain disease kills 97 Indian children, 'heat curfew' imposed

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:15 PM

The heatwave – India's second-longest on record – has prompted authorities in part of the northern state, one of the country's poorest, to impose curfew-like restrictions

HEATWAVE. A general view of a lake running dry on a hot summer day near Ajmer on June 2, 2019. Temperatures passed 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in northern India as an unrelenting heatwave triggered warnings of water shortages and heatstroke. File photo by Himanshu Sharma/AFP

From apples to almonds, India hikes tariffs on U.S. goods

Jun 16, 2019 - 9:50 PM

India's move to increase tariffs on 28 goods from the United States comes after Washington stripped New Delhi of its preferential trade status

TRUMP AND MODI TO MEET. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP. Modi photo from Narendra Modi's official Flickr account, via Wikimedia Commons.

Severe heat kills dozens in India's Bihar state

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:30 PM

Senior health official Vijay Kumar says 49 people have died in 3 districts of the Magadh region

Cyclone heading for western India strengthens

Jun 13, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Vayu is classified as a very severe cyclonic storm and India officials are scrambling to evacuate close to 300,000 people living in coastal areas

PREPARING. Indian fishermen push a fishing boat out of the sea as a part of precautionary measures as Cyclone Vayu nears the Gujarat coastline at Veraval Port, on June 12, 2019. Sam Panthaky/AFP

India unveils spacecraft for moon-landing mission

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:06 PM

The mission is India's second to the moon, and if successful, it would put the nation in the league of the US, the former Soviet Union, and China

SECOND MISSION. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists work on the orbiter vehicle of 'Chandrayaan-2', India's first moon lander and rover mission planned and developed by the ISRO, in Bangalore on June 12, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Indian town on edge after murder of 2-year-old

Jun 11, 2019 - 4:35 PM

The Hindu girl is killed over an unpaid loan of $144. Police say the child was thrashed, strangled, and her eyes gouged out.

Indian toddler dies after 110 hours down well

Jun 11, 2019 - 1:57 PM

The case of Fatehveer Singh captured national attention after he fell into the 33-meter (110 feet) deep well in the Punjab state district of Sangrur while playing on Thursday, June 6

FAILED RESCUE. In this photo taken on June 10, 2019, an Indian rescue team launches an operation to recover the body of Fatehveer Singh who fell in a 33-meter (110-feet) deep well on June 6. Photo by AFP

6 convicted over notorious Indian gang rape

Jun 10, 2019 - 3:45 PM

They face the death penalty with a minimum of life imprisonment. A seventh man is acquitted while an eighth person, who was underage, faces a separate trial.

CONVICTIONS. Media gather around a Punjab Police vehicle carrying the seven accused for the rape and murder of an 8-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, as verdict is expected to be delivered at the district court in Pathankot on June 10, 2019. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

India's Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Sri Lanka church

Jun 09, 2019 - 8:55 PM

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes a detour to St Anthony's shrine on the way to President Maithripala Sirisena's office

India aborts mission to recover climbers' bodies on Nanda Devi

Jun 05, 2019 - 11:21 PM

An Air Force helicopter is hindered by turbulent winds, the risk of further avalanches, the bowl-shaped terrain, the high altitude, and the fact that there is only one possible approach route to the site

AERIAL VIEW. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers look at a an aerial picture along with rescue personnel upon arriving to a Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

Climbers who died on Indian peak took path without permission

Jun 05, 2019 - 12:22 AM

'This mountain range is more difficult to scale than Mount Everest. They knowingly risked their lives after changing their plans without informing the authorities,' says an official involved in the operation

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineer Zachary Quain (R) and Mark Thomas (2R) arrive with rescue personnel to Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

India's trash mountain to rise higher than Taj Mahal

Jun 04, 2019 - 2:54 PM

(UPDATED) Ghazipur landfill rises by nearly 10 meters a year with no end in sight to its foul-smelling growth. According to East Delhi's superintendent engineer Arun Kumar, it is already more than 65 meters (213 feet) high.

TRASH MOUNTAIN. In this picture taken on June 3, 2019, Indian residents walk along a road near the Ghazipur landfill site in the east of New Delhi. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Bodies spotted in search for missing climbers in India

Jun 03, 2019 - 10:59 PM

The search operation involving the helicopters and dozens of mountain rescuers has been hampered by poor weather and the remoteness of the area

RESCUED. In this handout photo released by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on June 3, 2019, rescued mountaineers (L-R) Zachary Quai, Ian Wade, Kate Armstrone and Mark Thomas speak with an ITBP personnel upon arriving to the ITBP camp in Pithoragarh after being rescued following an avalanche while climbing the Nanda Devi in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand in India. AFP PHOTO / Indo-Tibetan Border Police

4 rescued, 8 still missing on avalanche-hit Indian peak

Jun 02, 2019 - 7:53 PM

The 8 missing climbers are said to have scaled an unclimbed summit in the mountain range

India bakes as mercury nears 50 Celsius

Jun 01, 2019 - 9:05 PM

Several cities report fears of water shortages as lakes and rivers start to dry up

HEATWAVE. In this file photo taken on May 29, 2019, Indian residents fetch drinking water from a well in the outskirts of Chennai. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

U.S. cuts off India preferential trade access

Jun 01, 2019 - 5:17 PM

The United States had a $26.7 billion trade deficit with India from 2017 to 2018

NO MORE PREFERENCE. President Donald Trump ends a key trade program with India. Trump file photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP. Modi photo from Narendra Modi's official Flickr account, via Wikimedia Commons.

India PM Modi makes major cabinet changes for new term

May 31, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Facing major challenges with the economy, job creation, and a farm debt crisis, Narendra Modi replaces around 3 dozen ministers and deputies from the last administration, bringing in many new lawmakers

NEW CABINET. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) waves as he arrives to attend a meeting with his newly-named cabinet in New Delhi on May 31, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

India's Modi sworn in ahead of unveiling new government

May 30, 2019 - 11:27 PM

The Prime Minister walks up to take his oath of office to a standing ovation, with supporters in the crowd chanting 'Modi, Modi'

SECOND TERM. Indian designated Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays tribute at Rajghat, the memorial for Mahatama Gandhi, in New Delhi on May 30, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Election violence continues in India's Bengal

May 26, 2019 - 9:45 PM

Authorities call on armed paramilitary forces to bring the situation under control

Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi looked on course on May 23 for a major victory in India's election, with early trends from the election commission showing a clear lead for his party. (Photo by SAJJAD HUSSAIN / AFP)

Top militant linked to Al-Qaeda killed in Indian Kashmir

May 24, 2019 - 3:54 PM

As the news of Zakir Musa's death spread on Thursday night, hundreds of protestors spill out on the streets and clash with government forces in many areas, including in the main city of Srinagar

ZAKIR MUSA. Kashmiri villagers carry a body of top militant commander Zakir Musa of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind group during a funeral procession at Dadsar village in Tral, south of Srinagar, on May 24, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

India's Modi and Pakistan PM highlight need for 'peace,' after vote

May 24, 2019 - 1:00 PM

The messages come just hours after Pakistan said it had tested a surface-to-surface ballistic missile capable of carrying conventional and nuclear warheads

NARENDRA MODI. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi (C) next to Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah (L) and Minister of Home Affairs of India Rajnath Singh at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India's Gandhi concedes personal defeat in family bastion

May 23, 2019 - 9:51 PM

India's main opposition Congress party has held Amethi in Uttar Pradesh state since 1967 except for one 3-year stint in 1977-80 and a separate one-year period in 1998-99

GANDHI CONCEDES. Indian National Congress Party president Rahul Gandhi looks on during a press conference, in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Modi vows 'inclusive' India after landslide election win

May 23, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) Although final results are yet to be published, a rolling vote count by the election commission shows the Bharatiya Janata Party has ncreased its majority with 302 out of 543 elected lower house seats

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian supporters and party workers of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wear masks of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and flash victory signs as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in Bangalore on May 23, 2019. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

India's Modi heads for reelection, early trends show

May 23, 2019 - 1:43 PM

After two and a half hours of counting, figures from the Election Commission show Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lead in 283 seats out of 542 with the rival Congress on just 51.

MODI SUPPORTERS. Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters shout slogans as they celebrate on the vote results day for India's general election in New Delhi on May 23, 2019. Photo by Sajjad Hussain/AFP

Opposition leader Gandhi says gloomy Indian exit polls 'fake'

May 22, 2019 - 11:46 PM

'My dear Congress party workers. The next 24 hours are important. Stay alert and vigilant. Don't be afraid. You are fighting for the truth,' says Rahul Gandhi, head of the Congress party

GANDHI. Indian National Congress party president Rahul Gandhi speaks during a political rally ahead of phase 3 of India's general election, at Bajipura village near Bardoli, some 300 kms from Ahmedabad on April 19, 2019. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

India's opposition parties allege vote machine fraud

May 21, 2019 - 9:34 PM

The concern of opposition leaders stems from video clips on social media purportedly showing attempts to replace the machines in strongrooms ahead of counting in some places

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, An Indian poll official applies a label to an Electronic Voting Machine before transporting it to a polling station ahead of the Phase VI of India's general election in Agartala, the capital of northeastern state of Tripura, on May 11, 2019. File photo by Arindam Dey/AFP

India's acrimonious election comes to an end

May 19, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Polls close at 6 pm in the 7th and final round of voting, ending the world's biggest election with 900 million eligible voters

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi displays his ink-marked finger after casting his vote during the third phase of general elections at a polling station in Ahmedabad on April 23, 2019. - Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among tens of millions of people to cast ballots as India holds a 'Super Tuesday' of voting in its marathon election. (Photo by PUNIT PARANJPE / AFP)

'Cyber warriors' sway Indian election

May 16, 2019 - 4:26 PM

Archrivals Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition Congress party accuse each other of deploying social media dark arts such as automated bots and trolls to bombard voters with messages, fake and real

CYBER WARRIORS. This photo taken on April 5, 2019, shows Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) volunteers for the social media team working in the "war room" ahead of the national elections at the party headquarters in New Delhi. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India and France hold biggest naval exercises – with one eye on China

May 11, 2019 - 10:32 AM

Without naming the Asian giant, India and France worry about China's growing economic clout and its territorial claims that have caused tensions in the South China Sea

EXERCISE. Technicians prepare to take out a French Rafale fighter jet from a hangar of the aircraft carrier "Charles de Gaulle" during a joint Indo-French naval exercise Varuna, in the Arabian sea, off Goa coast on May 9, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe / AFP

Over 275 million personal records in India held for ransom

May 10, 2019 - 6:05 PM

A hacking group known as Unistellar wipes the content from the unsecured database and leaves a message where discussions could be held to get the data back

Security high in restive Kashmir as India votes again

May 06, 2019 - 7:17 PM

The world's biggest poll has been plagued by violence with militants throwing a grenade at a voting booth and shooting dead a local politician in south Kashmir

SECURITY. An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard at an empty polling station during the fifth phase of India's general elections in Kashmir's Shopian district, south of Srinagar, on May 6, 2019. File photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP