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9 dead as deadly Kashmir battle heightens India-Pakistan tensions

Feb 18, 2019 - 3:18 PM

(3rd UPDATE) The confrontation piles more pressure on the Indian government, which has blamed Pakistan for the suicide attack last February 14 on a convoy that killed at least 41 paramilitaries

TENSION. A house in which militants are suspected to have sheltered is in flames after a gunfight happened between rebels and Indian security forces that killed 4 soldiers, in South Kashmir's Pulwama district, some 10 km away from the spot of recent suicide bombing, on February 18, 2019. Photo by STR / AFP

India mourns dead soldiers amid calls for revenge

Feb 16, 2019 - 10:55 PM

India accuses Pakistan of harboring the militants behind the attack, which sparks nationwide outrage and some public calls for war against the nuclear-armed arch-rival to avenge the killings

BURY. Family members and villagers carry the coffin of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper Sukhjinder Singh during the cremation ceremony at Gandiwind village, some 60 kms from Amritsar, on February 16, 2019, following an attack on a CRPF convoy in Kashmir. Photo Narinder Nanu/AFP

India vows 'heavy price' after Kashmir attack kills dozens

Feb 15, 2019 - 5:21 PM

At least 41 paramilitary troops are killed on Thursday, February 14, as explosives packed in a van rip through a convoy bringing 2,500 troopers back from leave near Srinagar

ATTACK. Unidentified officials stand near the covered remains of a vehicle along the Jammu-Srinagar highway in Lethpora area in the town of Pampore, some 30 kms South of Srinagar on February 15, 2019. Photo by Habib Naqash/AFP

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

Feb 12, 2019 - 1:29 PM

The fire breaks out at the Hotel Arpit Palace in a congested part of central Delhi, with images showing it engulfing the entire top floor

BURNED OUT. A general view shows the Hotel Arpit Palace after a fire broke out on its premises in New Delhi on February 12, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

'Priyanka magic' draws thousands at debut rally in India

Feb 11, 2019 - 11:11 PM

At a rally, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra calls for supporters to join a campaign to build 'a new future' for India and a 'new kind of politics where everyone is a stakeholder'

'PRIYANKA MAGIC.' Indian Congress Party leader Rahul Gandhi (L) looks on at a political rally as his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (R) waves to supporters in Lucknow, the capital of the election bellwether Uttar Pradesh state, on February 11, 2019. Photo by STR/AFP

At least 99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in India

Feb 11, 2019 - 4:50 PM

News of the deaths in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand has trickled in over the past 3 days, with police suspecting the moonshine had been cut with methanol

Murder of Indian politician sets stage for election bloodshed

Feb 10, 2019 - 6:53 PM

Data from India's National Crime Bureau says there were more than 100 political murders in 2016 but political experts said the figure is much higher

China protests visit by India's Modi to disputed border area

Feb 09, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'China urges the Indian side to... refrain from any action that may lead to the escalation of disputes or complicate the boundary question,' says Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit of the Arunachal Pradesh

VISIT. This handout photograph released by India's Press Information Bureau (PIB) on February 9, 2019 shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi shaking hands with Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu (R) at the inauguration ceremony for development projects in Itanagar in northeastern Arunachal Pradesh state. Handout/PIB/AFP

55 million devotees for busiest days of Hindu megafestival

Feb 05, 2019 - 11:10 PM

The Mauni Amavasya – or new moon day – is the most auspicious day of the 48-day Kumbh Mela festival

Man smuggles month-old leopard cub on plane to India

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Officials says they grew suspicious after hearing sounds coming from the bag, and stopped the passenger as he tried to rush out of the terminal in the capital city of southern Tamil Nadu state

SMUGGLED. This handout picture released by Customs Chennai International Airport and taken on February 2, 2019, shows a leopard cub after it was seized from a checked baggage of a passenger travelling from Bangkok, at Chennai International airport. Photo from Customs Chennai International Airport

FALSE: India 'declared national holiday' in honor of Duterte’s visit in 2018

Feb 01, 2019 - 8:17 PM

President Duterte's visit in 2018 coincides only with India's celebration of its Republic Day, an annual event in honor of the country’s constitution

First body pulled from India mine after 6 weeks – official

Jan 24, 2019 - 9:16 PM

Rescuers had struggled to retrieve the badly decomposed corpse, despite being equipped with modern technology

RESCUE. In this photo taken on December 30, 2018, Indian Navy divers go down in the mine with a pulley during rescue operations after 15 miners were trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district of India. AFP file photo

All the President's men: On parade with India's elite bodyguards

Jan 24, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The President's Bodyguard is a 200-strong cavalry unit which for centuries been assigned to India's uppermost VIPs, from British viceroys to modern-day heads of state

ELITE. In this photograph taken on January 9, 2019, Indian soldiers of the President's Bodyguard march on their mounts towards the India Gate monument during rehearsals for the upcoming Republic Day Parade at Rajpath in New Delhi. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Priyanka follows Nehru-Gandhi footsteps into Indian politics

Jan 23, 2019 - 10:16 PM

Priyanka Gandhi is appointed Congress party chief in the east of Uttar Pradesh, considered India's most politically important state

POLITICS. In this file photo taken on February 17, 2017, Indian Congress Party leader Priyanka Gandhi waves as she arrives at a rally held to support party candidates during the ongoing Uttar Pradesh state assembly elections at Rae Bareli. File photo by Sanjay Kanojia/AFP

Two gored to death at India bull-wrestling festival

Jan 21, 2019 - 5:55 PM

Animal activists protest that bulls are fed alcohol while chili powder is thrown in their faces to make them aggressive

MAN VS ANIMAL. More than 100 people have been hurt since the Jallikattu festival, where more than 1,300 bulls were released. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP


Britain warns about travel to southern India after temple unrest

Jan 06, 2019 - 8:58 AM

UK nationals are advised to 'monitor media reports closely, remain vigilant, and avoid large public gatherings'

PROTESTS. Indian protesters throw stones at police during a demonstration over 2 women entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple in the southern Kerala state on January 3, 2019. Photo by AFP

Violence rages over Indian flashpoint temple

Jan 05, 2019 - 8:38 PM

One person has died and more than 270 others have been injured since Wednesday, when thousands protested after two women devotees in their 40s prayed inside the Sabarimala temple

PROTESTS. Indian protesters throw stones at police during a demonstration over two women entering the Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, in Palakkad in southern Kerala state on January 3, 2019. Photo by AFP

1 dead, 15 injured after women enter flashpoint India temple

Jan 03, 2019 - 12:36 PM

Clashes are reported across the state after the two women activists, escorted by police, entered the Sabarimala temple in a surprise pre-dawn operation on Wednesday, January 2

INTERVENTION. India police intervene as members of Sabarimala Karma Samithi try to disrupt a celebratory meeting after two women entered Sabarimala Ayyapa temple, at the High Court Junction in Kochi in the Indian state of Kerala on January 2, 2019. AFP photo

Death toll hits a new peak in Indian Kashmir

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:01 PM

Rights group Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society lists 586 dead in its annual 2018 toll: 267 militants, 160 civilians – including 31 children – and the rest, state police and Indian armed forces

MILITANT. In this file photo taken on March 16, 2018, Indian soldiers take part in a search operation after a gunbattle between suspected militants and government forces in the Balhama area of Khanmoh district near Srinagar. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Divers hunt flooded Indian mine for missing men

Dec 30, 2018 - 2:55 PM

There is no sign of life, with the delayed rescue effort drawing public outrage, but the men's families are clinging to hopes that they may have found an air pocket

RESCUE. This undated handout photograph released by the National Disaster Response Force shows emergency workers gathering around a crane after 13 miners were killed after being trapped by flooding in an illegal coal mine in Ksan village in Meghalaya's East Jaintia Hills district. Handout / National Disaster Response Force / AFP

India to send three-person crew on landmark space mission

Dec 28, 2018 - 9:21 PM

The 3-member crew is set to be India's first manned mission to space

SPACE EXPLORATION. India invests more into its space programs in the past decade. File Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

India busts fake call center scamming Americans

Dec 21, 2018 - 10:09 PM

The suspects arrested would tell Americans there were problems with their social security numbers and solicit money to fix it

Kings, Pacers to star in 1st NBA game in India

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:39 PM

The Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will grace the first ever NBA pre-season contest in India

INDIA-BOUND. The Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers will go head-to-head in India in the 2019 NBA preseason. Photo from Sacramento Kings

India hikes fivefold price of Taj Mahal entrance tickets for locals

Dec 10, 2018 - 8:27 PM

Indians make up the majority of the Taj Mahal's 10,000-15,000 average daily visitors

MONUMENT OF LOVE. Crowds gather to visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on January 3, 2018.   Photo by Dominique Faget/AFP  DOMINIQUE FAGET / AFP

Filipino students win 33 awards at India math contest

Dec 08, 2018 - 1:32 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team finishes first runner-up at the 8th International Youth Mathematicians Convention in Lucknow, India

WINNERS. The victorious Philippine team at the awarding ceremony of the 8th International Youth Mathematicians Convention in Lucknow, India. Photo courtesy of MTG

India pollution watchdog fines Delhi over toxic smog

Dec 04, 2018 - 3:59 PM

The National Green Tribunal penalizes the capital administration for its lack of oversight after it has emerged some polluting industries are still burning harmful waste in the open

SMOG. An Indian shepherd walks along his herd of sheep amidst heavy smog conditions in New Delhi on November 12, 2018. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

2 Americans helped missionary killed by remote Indian tribe – police

Dec 01, 2018 - 8:25 PM

India police says suspected Americans who urged John Allen Chau to go to North Sentinel has left India

MISSIONARY. John Allen Chau was killed by the Sentinelese tribe. Photo from Chau's Instagram account

Tens of thousands protest in India for controversial Hindu temple

Nov 25, 2018 - 6:58 PM

Many Hindus believe the contested spot marks the birthplace of Ram and that a medieval mosque that stood there for 460 years was only built after the destruction of an earlier temple

Police face-off with tribe in missionary killing

Nov 25, 2018 - 5:03 PM

Anthropologists say it may be impossible to retrieve the American missionary's body and that no charges will be made against the protected tribe

NORTH SENTINEL ISLAND. In this photo provided taken on December 28, 2004, a man with the Sentinelese tribe aims his bow and arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter as it flies over North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Islands. AFP PHOTO/INDIAN COAST GUARD/SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL

At least 28 drown in India bus crash, many of them children

Nov 25, 2018 - 3:00 AM

Police say the bus veered off the road and fell into the canal in the Mandya district of the southern state of Karnataka

U.S. missionary's body could be lost in battle to preserve isolated tribe

Nov 24, 2018 - 4:35 PM

Indian authorities have not even tried to send police ashore to question the tribe who have been greeting outsiders with hostility for centuries

NORTH SENTINEL ISLAND. In this handout photo provided by the Indian Coast Guard and Survival International and taken on December 28, 2004, a man with the Sentinelese tribe aims his bow and arrow at an Indian Coast Guard helicopter as it flies over North Sentinel Island in the Andaman Islands, in the wake of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. AFP PHOTO / INDIAN COAST GUARD / SURVIVAL INTERNATIONAL

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Miracle baby survives unhurt after going under moving train

Nov 23, 2018 - 5:38 PM

Baby girl in India falls onto railways tracks moments before a train passes, but miraculously escapes without an injury

This screengrab taken from a video shot on November 20, 2018 and provided by NNIS shows a baby girl next to train tracks at the train station in Mathura in India's Uttar Pradesh state. An Indian baby who was dropped onto railway tracks moments before a train barrelled through the station has escaped unscathed. NNIS / AFP

Religious freedom at risk in 1 of 5 countries – report

Nov 23, 2018 - 1:50 PM

Of the 38 countries where freedom is threatened, the situation has worsened in 18 of them, 'in particular in two of the most populous countries in the world, China and India'

3 killed in blast in India's Punjab state

Nov 18, 2018 - 5:12 PM

(UPDATED) Police say about 20 other people are injured after 2 armed men on a motorcycle forced their way into a building where the Nirankari spiritual group was meeting

15 Filipino seafarers stranded in India now back in PH

Nov 18, 2018 - 12:50 PM

There are 6 other Filipino crew members still in India who will be repatriated 'as soon as their exit clearances are issued'

India's flashpoint temple, off limits to women

Nov 18, 2018 - 3:30 AM

Those wishing to visit undergo a 41-day period of introspection and detachment – vratha – abstaining from sex, meat, intoxicants, and even shaving

TEMPLE. Indian Hindu devotees are pictured at the Lord Ayyappa temple in Sabarimala in the southern state of Kerala on November 16, 2018. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

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