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Delhi's toxic air spikes after Diwali firework frenzy

Nov 10, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Frenzied nights of fireworks to celebrate the Hindu festival of Diwali turns the air in New Delhi to toxic 'airpocalypse' levels

Commuters travel amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8, 2018. Air pollution in New Delhi hit hazardous levels on November 8 after a night of free-for-all Diwali fireworks, despite Supreme Court efforts to curb partying that fuels the Indian capital's toxic smog problem. Money SHARMA / AFP

U.S. to exempt China, India, Japan from Iran oil sanctions

Nov 05, 2018 - 11:19 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says 8 countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 13: Central Intelligence Agency Director Mike Pompeo delivers remarks at The Center for Strategic and International Studies April 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. This was the first public remarks by Pompeo since he took the helm at the U.S. spy agency. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Another tiger killed in India after hunting controversy

Nov 05, 2018 - 9:50 PM

This is second tiger to be killed this week in India

FIRST TIGER. This picture taken on November 3, 2018 shows Gorewada Rescue Centre personnel stand near the body of the man-eating tigress T1 at a post mortem room at Gorewada Rescue Centre in Nagpur. A man-eating tiger that claimed more than a dozen victims in two years has been shot dead in India, sparking controversy over the legality of its killing. One of India's most high-profile tiger hunts in decades ended November 2 when the mother of two 10-month old cubs -- known to hunters as T1 but Avni to wildlife lovers -- was shot dead in the jungles of Maharashtra state.  AFP

Man-eating tiger shot dead in India after massive hunt

Nov 04, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Disputes erupt after the tiger's killing as media reports say it was shot in Yavatmal forest with no attempt to tranquilize her

MAN-EATING. Controversy erupted November 3, 2018 over the killing of a man-eating tiger in India that had claimed 13 victims in two years but may have been illegally killed herself. AFP file photo  AFP

With rose petals and guns, India inaugurates world's tallest statue

Oct 31, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Controversies abound amid the fanfare of the inauguration of the 182-meter statue of India's independence hero Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

TALLEST. A reflection of the 'Statue Of Unity,' the world's tallest statue dedicated to Indian independence leader Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, is pictured during its inauguration overlooking the Sardar Sarovar Dam near Vadodara in India's western Gujarat state on October 31, 2018. Photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

Radicals attack Hindu retreat as gender protests mount

Oct 27, 2018 - 6:54 PM

Attackers set ablaze two cars and a scooter outside the ashram in the early morning attack

India train disaster families protest amid anger over safety

Oct 20, 2018 - 8:40 PM

Many of the victims are dismembered beyond recognition and police said it will take several days to complete the identification of the dead

CRASH. Mantu Devi (C) and her son Anil Kumar (4R), brother of Satish Kumar, 11, who was killed when a train ploughed into a crowd of revellers, cry during a cremation ceremony in Amritsar on October 20, 2018. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

21 Filipino seafarers stranded in India to come home to Manila

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:12 AM

The Department of Foreign Affairs says manning agency EVIC Human Resource Management Inc has booked the tickets of the seafarers who were abandoned by their employers for more than 3 months

India suspends bus driver for letting a monkey 'drive'

Oct 07, 2018 - 3:00 AM

'Passengers' safety is paramount and the driver cannot risk it by allowing a monkey on the steering,' the government's road transport corporation says

NEW DRIVER. An India bus driver allowed a monkey to take the steering wheel, caught in a viral video on October 1, 2018. Screengrab from Animalbuff

Hugs as Putin touts missiles in India

Oct 05, 2018 - 6:05 PM

Russia's Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hug as they went into talks in New Delhi

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin prior to their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on October 5, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Yuri KADOBNOV

U.S., Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Experts say India needs the sophisticated S-400 air defense system to fill critical gaps in its defense capabilities

PUTIN IN INDIA. In this file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the Indo-Russia Annual Summit at Taj Exotica Hotel in Goa on October 15, 2016. File photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India to deport Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN concern

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:00 AM

The United Nations warns India that returning the men ignores the persecution they faced in Myanmar, and is a "flagrant denial" of their right to protection

REFUGEES. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Photo by Jasmin Rumi/AFP

India's top court rules adultery no longer a crime

Sep 27, 2018 - 5:59 PM

'Thinking of adultery from a point of view of criminality is a retrograde step,' unanimously declared the five-judge bench of the Supreme Court

Indian court upholds legality of world's largest biometric database

Sep 26, 2018 - 6:55 PM

The ruling of the Supreme Court draws a line under many years of legal challenges from critics, who said Aadhaar threatened individual privacy and risked turning the world's second-most populous nation into a surveillance state

BIOMETRICS. This photo taken on July 17, 2018 shows an Indian woman getting her fingerprints read during the registration process for Aadhaar cards (or unique identifier [UID] cards) in Amritsar. Photo by Narinder Nanu/AFP

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

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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