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'Life of Pi' actor Irrfan Khan dies at 53

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:09 PM

(UPDATED) The actor has been diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumor in 2018

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 27, 2014 Best Actor winner Irrfan Khan poses with his trophy during the Asian Film Awards in Macau. - Acclaimed Indian actor Irrfan Khan, whose international movie career included hits like "Slumdog Millionaire", "Life of Pi" and "The Amazing Spider-Man", has died aged just 53, his publicist said on April 29, 2020. (Photo by Philippe LOPEZ / AFP)

Indian Wells tennis becomes first big US sports casualty of coronavirus

Mar 09, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Indian Wells organizers say the health and safety of everybody involved in the tournament is of 'paramount importance'

Defending champ Andreescu out of Indian Wells

Mar 08, 2020 - 10:24 AM

Bianca Andreescu continues to be sidelined due to the injury she picked up last October

SIDELINED. Rising star Bianca Andreescu needs more time to recover from her injury. Photo from Bianca Andreescu's Instagram

Bollywood 'Oscars' called off over coronavirus

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:01 PM

Organizers of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards cancel Indian cinema's biggest awards ceremony over the spreading coronavirus

Survival surfing: Indonesians riding the waves to beat tsunami trauma

Dec 24, 2019 - 1:02 PM

For some who lost entire families and communities to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, surfing is a way to heal

SURVIVAL SURFING. This picture taken on December 9, 2019 shows Dery Setyawan, a survivor of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, carrying his surfboard after surfing on Lhoknga beach in Banda Aceh, Aceh province. Photo by Chaideer Mahyuddin/AFP

Indian warship drives away intruding Chinese vessel

Dec 04, 2019 - 12:35 PM

'Our stand is that if you have to do anything in our EEZ (exclusive economic zone), you have to notify us and take permission,' an Indian admiral tells reporters when asked about the intrusion

Indian Navy sailors unfurl the ensign after the destroyer INS Chennai was commissioned into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on November 21, 2016. Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has commissioned the ship 'Chennai' into the Indian Navy, the third ship of the indigenously designed Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers built by Mazgaon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd. INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP

India's top court orders halt to stubble burning as Delhi chokes

Nov 05, 2019 - 4:53 PM

India's Supreme Court says the capital's residents are 'losing precious years' of their lives, adding 'people are dying, this just cannot happen in a civilized country'

AIR POLLUTION. A volunteer from civil defense displays a placard after the local government ordered half of the city's private cars to be taken off the road based on an odd-even registration plate system to help reduce air pollution, in New Delhi on November 4, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Indian Kashmir formally ceases to be a state

Oct 31, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hails a 'bright future' for the blood-soaked Himalayan region

LOCKDOWN. Indian paramilitary troopers stand guard at a road checkpoint during a lockdown in Srinagar on October 30, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

LOOK: Indian Navy ships on friendly visit to Manila

Oct 23, 2019 - 10:37 PM

The Indian Navy sends its warships on a goodwill visit to the Philippines just days after the two countries signed a maritime security cooperation agreement

South Asia region Al-Qaeda chief killed in Afghanistan – officials

Oct 08, 2019 - 10:34 PM

Afghan officials confirm that Asim Umar, who led Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent from its inception in 2014, was killed during a September 23 raid on a Taliban compound in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

India's Moon probe enters lunar orbit

Aug 20, 2019 - 4:21 PM

After 4 weeks in space, the craft completes its Lunar Orbit Insertion as planned, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) says

MOON PROBE. The Indian Space Research Organization's  Chandrayaan-2, with on board the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-mark III-M1), launches at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, an island off the coast of southern Andhra Pradesh state, on July 22, 2019. Photo by Arun Sankar/AFP

Empty classrooms as some schools reopen in Indian Kashmir

Aug 19, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Authorities say they are reopening 190 primary schools in the city yet few children could be seen at half a dozen places visited by Agence France-Presse

CLOSED. School buses are seen parked in the campus of a closed school in Srinagar on August 19, 2019. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

4,000 detained in Kashmir since autonomy stripped – gov't sources

Aug 18, 2019 - 8:21 PM

A magistrate says most of the detained were flown out of Kashmir because prisons have run out of capacity already

In this picture taken on August 9, 2019 security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar as widespread restrictions on movement and a telecommunications blackout remained in place after the Indian government stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its autonomy.  Sajjad HUSSAIN / AFP

Anxious tourists flee Indian Kashmir after 'terror' warning

Aug 03, 2019 - 10:40 PM

Thousands of military reinforcements arrive in the Himalayan territory, claimed by both India and Pakistan, where a 3-decade old insurgency has left tens of thousands dead

TERROR THREAT. A tourist looks on as he waits for a bus to leave Kashmir in Srinagar on August 3, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

Golden brew: Rare Assam tea bags sell for record-breaking $2,035 at auction

Aug 03, 2019 - 2:06 PM

Over 4 pounds of Maijan Orthodox Golden Tea sold for a world record price of 141,002 rupees in India

Deployment of 10,000 fresh troops sparks fear in Indian Kashmir

Jul 28, 2019 - 8:28 PM

A senior security official says the deployment was to guard against possible protests about a decision or event

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

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

Rare wolf killed in Bangladesh after first appearance in decades

Jun 16, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Authorities say locals captured and killed the wolf after it attacked their livestock

RECUPERATING. After being gunned down by unidentified men, Italian priest Piero Parolari was flown to a military hospital in Dhaka.

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

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

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

Jumbo commotion as wild bull elephant lumbers into Indian city

May 04, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Incidents of wild animals including elephants and leopards entering towns and cities are on the rise in India as urban expansion encroaches into the countryside

ndian forest officials and police personnel try to chase away a wild male elephant at Hengrabari area in Guwahati on April 30, 2019. A wild bull elephant caused a major stir in an Indian city, wandering along the busy streets and crowds of photo-snapping onlookers before being tranquilised, officials said.  Biju BORO / AFP AFP

India braces for cyclone, puts navy on alert

May 01, 2019 - 11:48 PM

Authorities have ordered the evacuation of thousands of people from coastal districts likely to bear the brunt of the storm

FANI. Track map of Extremely Severe Cyclonic Storm Fani of the 2019 North Indian Ocean cyclone season. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Indian Maoists kill 16 in fresh election violence

May 01, 2019 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The attack, the deadliest carried out by the Maoists since 2017, happened in the densely forested Gadchiroli region of Maharashtra, deep in the Indian interior

GUARD. Indian paramilitary trooper guards at a polling station during the fourth phase of India's general elections on April 29, 2019. Photo by Tauseef Mustafa/AFP

No trophy, no regrets: Federer departs Indian Wells for Miami

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:33 AM

'I'm going to Miami. The body is perfectly fine. That also always keeps me upbeat,' says Federer after falling to Dominic Thiem in the final

MOVING ON. Roger Federer fails to clinch his record 6th Indian Wells title. File photo by David Gray/AFP

Federer denied by Thiem of sixth Indian Wells title

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The Swiss great misses a chance of breaking his tie with Novak Djokovic for most Indian Wells championships

STREAK OVER. Roger Federer sees his streak of 20 straight finals triumphs when winning the opening set. Photo from Hopman Cup Twitter


WATCH: Nadal explains pullout before Federer clash

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:11 AM

Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem march into the Indian Wells final as Rafael Nadal hobbles out

LOOKING AHEAD. Sidelined by a recurring knee injury, Rafael Nadal says he plans to recover and prepare for the claycourt season. Photo by Ben Stansall/AFP

Osaka on track in Indian Wells title defense

Mar 12, 2019 - 4:05 PM

World No. 1 Naomi Osaka advances to the 4th round of her Indian Wells 2019 campaign

RISING STAR. Naomi Osaka continues her bid for back-to-back titles in the 2019 Indian Wells tournament. Photo by David Gray/AFP

Illness ends Serena's Indian Wells bid

Mar 11, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The American star retires from her match against Garbine Muguruza after feeling 'extreme dizziness and extreme fatigue'

MOVING ON. Serena William now turns her focus on the Miami Open. File photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFP


2 dead, 6 missing after high-seas brawl on Taiwan fishing boat

Feb 21, 2019 - 11:29 PM

'A fight broke out when the chief officer hacked two of his crew to death in a disciplinary action dispute,' the Taiwan fisheries department says in a statement

Indian victims of plane crash found in Bataan

Feb 08, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Fliteline Aviation School pilot Captain Navern Nagaraja and his student Kuldeep Singh were onboard a Cessna plane for training when they went missing on February 4

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

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

Spice up your weekend with an Indian food feast

Jan 21, 2019 - 6:34 PM

Get those appetites ready for the Indian Food Festival 2019 on Sunday, January 27, at BGC

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

Modi pursues yoga diplomacy at Argentina G20 summit

Dec 01, 2018 - 5:00 AM

Stepping away from the sealed security zone and ceremonial pomp of the Group of 20 summit, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about the value of yoga

FOR PEACE. People take part in a yoga session, during the 'Yoga for Peace' event, which will be attended by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Buenos Aires. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

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

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

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

Netflix to stream first original Indian series 'Ghoul'

Jul 09, 2018 - 7:50 PM

The show premieres on August 24

Indian prime minister trots and treads in fitness video

Jun 16, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Narendra Modi talks about the 'refreshing and rejuvenating' benefits of his exercise workout in a video posted online

This screenshot taken from a video posted on India Prime Minister twitter handle, shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi performing Yoga following a fitness challenge in New Delhi on June 13, 2018. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on June 13 posted a video of himself doing knee bends, walking backwards and stretching on a rock in response to a trending social media fitness challenge. / AFP PHOTO / -

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

The week in photos: March 24-30, 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 4:44 PM

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

Catholic faithful carry the image of the "Jesus of the Great Power" during a procession on Holy Week, at La Merced church in Granada, some 48 kilometres from Managua, on March 27, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / INTI OCON

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:40 AM

The quake struck deep at some 171 kilometers (106 miles) below the earth's surface in the Banda Sea, the US Geological Survey says

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer still proving himself

Mar 09, 2018 - 11:37 AM

The 36-year-old Federer says, 'I also feel that I have less to prove today than in the past, but that doesn't mean I don't want it badly. I need to have that drive to be successful'

THE GREATEST. Swiss tennis player Roger Federer poses with his sportsman and comeback award trophies during the 2018 Laureus World Sports Awards ceremony at the Sporting Monte-Carlo complex in Monaco on February 27, 2018. Photo by Valery Hacghe/AFP

Swiss star Federer showing no signs of slowing

Mar 08, 2018 - 1:41 PM

The oldest world number one is going for his 6th Indian Wells title

5 TITLES. Roger Federer of Switzerland lifts the trophy following victory over compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the men's singles final at the ATP Indian Wells Masters in Indian Wells, California on March 19, 2017. Federer defeated Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5. Photo by Frederic J. Brown.

Venus hopes to one day experience motherhood

Mar 08, 2018 - 10:35 AM

This week marks the return of Serena to the WTA Tour a little under 190 days since the birth of baby Alexis

MOTHERHOOD. Venus Williams at 37 years old hopes to follow the footsteps of the younger sister Serena. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images/AFP

An Indian character is causing Apple devices to crash

Feb 19, 2018 - 11:14 AM

The bug, discovered a few days ago, allegedly crashes and blocks access to messenger apps when rendering or viewing the specific Indian Telugu character

APPLE. This file photo taken on September 17, 2012 shows the Apple logo on the Apple store on 5th Avenue in New York. File photo by Don Emmert/AFP