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Saudi prince agrees to step up anti-terror 'pressure' with India

Feb 20, 2019 - 6:32 PM

The promise comes as fallout from a suicide bomb attack that India has blamed on Pakistan overshadows the latest leg of the crown prince's tour aiming to boost his country's image

AGREEMENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman looks on during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi on February 20, 2019. Photo by Money Sharma/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

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

Indian journalist jailed after Modi Facebook post

Dec 19, 2018 - 8:19 PM

Journalist unions condemn the arrest of Kishorechandra Wangkhem and demand his release

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/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

G20 opens under assault from Trump on collective action

Nov 30, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Shortly before the summit kicks off, Donald Trump's 'America First' charge will bear fruit with the signing in Buenos Aires of a successor to the North American free trade pact NAFTA

G20. View of the Obelisk as Corrientes Avenue remains without traffic due to security measures ahead of the G20 Summit in Buenos Aires on Noviembre 29, 2018. Photo by Alberto Raggio/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

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

[ANALYSIS] Sieg Heil deja vu? Understanding the extreme right's global rise

Oct 02, 2018 - 11:48 AM

The extremist movements in Asia, while benefiting the elites, enjoy the support of the middle classes

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

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 / -

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

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's Modi twice as popular on Facebook as Trump – study

May 02, 2018 - 3:25 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is by far the most followed world leader on the gargantuan social networking platform, counting 43.2 million followers

MODI ON FACEBOOK. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. File photo by Sam Panthaky/AFP

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

Canada rescinds invitation to militant to dine with Trudeau

Feb 22, 2018 - 6:08 PM

The statement confirming Jaspal Atwal's invitation to the event had been cancelled comes less than a day after Trudeau sought to quash perceptions his administration was soft on Sikh extremists

TRUDEAU IN INDIA. Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (C) poses with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (L), daughter Ella-Grace (2nd R), son Xavier (2nd L) and son Hadrien (R) during a visit to the Jama Masjid, one of India's largest mosques, in New Delhi on February 22, 2018. Trudeau and his family are on a week-long official trip to India. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India, Iran agree to step up efforts to help Afghanistan

Feb 17, 2018 - 8:42 PM

'We want to see our region and the world free from terrorism,' says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

HELPING AFGHANISTAN. This handout photo taken on February 17, 2018 and released by the Indian Press Information Bureau (PIB) shows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during a joint press briefing at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The Iranian President is on a three-day official visit to India. AFP PHOTO/PIB

Iran's Rouhani to visit India this week

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:10 PM

Rouhani is due to leave for India on Thursday, February 15, to discuss 'the latest regional and global developments,' according to an ISNA news agency report

ROUHANI. Re-elected President Hassan Rouhani addresses the United Nations (UN) General Assembly at the UN headquarters on September 22. File photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

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7 Indian companies declare intent to invest in PH

Jan 25, 2018 - 4:45 PM

(UPDATED) Companies sign letters of intent during President Rodrigo Duterte's visit to India

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is greeted by Indian officials upon his arrival at the New Delhi International Airport in India on January 24, 2018. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PH, India ink MOU on investments, information technology

Jan 25, 2018 - 11:52 AM

(UPDATED) The agreement is signed after the bilateral meeting between Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Duterte arrives in India

Jan 24, 2018 - 8:14 PM

The firebrand Philippine leader touches down in New Delhi to attend an ASEAN summit and hold a meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gives a warm welcome to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the bilateral meeting between Philippines and India at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacañan Photo

Duterte off to India on January 24 for ASEAN commemorative summit

Jan 19, 2018 - 11:32 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte will be in New Delhi from January 24 to 26, his first foreign trip for 2018

Leaders from the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN) chaired by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte along with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi do the ASEAN handshake as they pose for a photo prior to the start of 12th ASEAN-India at the Philippine International Convention Center on November 14, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

India's Congress party names Rahul Gandhi president

Dec 11, 2017 - 9:08 PM

The announcement caps years of speculation that the scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty would take over from his 71-year-old mother Sonia who has led the party for nearly two decades

THE FAMILY. This combination of file pictures created shows (from left) the first prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru in India in 1946; Nehru's daughter Indira Gandhi, the third prime minister of India, in November 1971; her son Rajiv Gandhi, the sixth prime minister of India, in New Delhi on May 20, 1991; his wife Sonia Gandhi, long-time president of India's Congress Party, in New Delhi on December 4, 2013; and Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi's son Rahul Gandhi, Indian Congress Party leader, in Ghaziabad on February 8, 2017. AFP

India's PM Modi faces test as his home state votes

Dec 09, 2017 - 2:08 PM

Experts say this election is a serious challenge to Modi as his rivals ride a wave of discontent caused by a stuttering economy and voter anger over the reforms and a desire for change could boost the flagging fortunes of the opposition Congress Party

INDIA VOTE. A supporter of Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) hold a cut out of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally at Kalol, some 30 kms from Ahmedabad on December 8, 2017. Photo by SAM PANTHAKY/AFP

Ivanka Trump a 'rockstar' in India, despite criticism

Nov 29, 2017 - 11:20 PM

US President Donald Trump's eldest daughter steals the show at the summit in Hyderabad, where Indian officials fete the 36-year-old presidential adviser with a grand reception usually reserved for heads of state

Turnbull talks security, terrorism, Marawi crisis during PH visit

Nov 15, 2017 - 1:45 PM

During his 3-day Philippine visit for the 31st ASEAN Summit, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull meets with world leaders to discuss global and regional concerns

ASEAN SUMMIT. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit as a dialogue partner. Screenshot from ASEAN pool feed

India's Modi hails the Philippines as 'services powerhouse'

Nov 14, 2017 - 9:10 PM

The Philippines challenges India's dominance as the top business process outsourcing destination in the world

INDIA'S ACT EAST POLICY. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitches India to business leaders at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit as part of his Act East Policy. Photo from RTVM feed

Duterte wants more Indian medicines available in PH

Nov 14, 2017 - 1:52 PM

The Philippine president asks Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite Indian generic medicine companies to sell their products to the Philippines

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his partner Honeylet welcome India Prime Minister Narendra Modi prior to the start of the gala dinner hosted by the Philippines for the leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) member states and dialogue partners at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on November 12, 2017. ACE MORANDANTE/PRESIDENIAL PHOTO

India's Modi meets young Filipino amputee who wants to be a cop

Nov 13, 2017 - 7:50 PM

'Glad to see the Jaipur Foot giving wings to the aspirations of many youngsters like him,' says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

'I WANT TO BE A POLICEMAN.' Indian Prime Minister meets Jaipur foot beneficiary Carlo Miguel Silvano who told him he wants to be a policeman. Photo from Narendra Modi's Twitter page

India's Modi opens resilient rice laboratory in the Philippines

Nov 13, 2017 - 6:30 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is in Manila for the 31st ASEAN Summit, also visits the International Rice Research Institute in Laguna

RICE VARIETIES. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks at rice varieties being developed by the IRRI. Photo from Narendra Modi's Twitter page

Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project

Sep 10, 2017 - 8:18 PM

Japan will provide 85 of the total project cost of 19 billion in soft loans

Modi appoints India's first female defense minister

Sep 03, 2017 - 7:05 PM

Nirmala Sitharaman a junior minister who oversaw the commerce and trade portfolio joins 5 other women in India s cabinet

74 dead, dozens missing in monsoon disasters across Nepal, India

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:40 PM

The death toll could rise further as rescue operations continue in the two countries which are reeling from massive floods and landslides

Indian army soldiers and rescue personnel look for survivors at the side of a landslide along a highway roughly 200 kilometres (124 miles) from Himachal Pradesh state capital Shimla on August 13, 2017. At least six people have been killed and dozens more are missing after a massive landslide swept two buses off a hillside into a deep gorge in mountainous northern India, an official said on August 12. / AFP PHOTO / -

Indian right-wing leader elected vice-president

Aug 06, 2017 - 12:39 AM

Venkaiah Naidu secures 516 parliamentary votes to win against rival Gopalkrishna Gandhi

THE NEW VICE-PRESIDENT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (2L) talks with Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Venkaiah Naidu (L) and senior leader L. K. Advani (2R) as they arrive to file their nomination papers for the forthcoming vice-presidential election at Parliament in New Delhi on July 18, 2017. File photo by Prakash Singh/ AFP

Modi begins first ever Israel visit by an Indian PM

Jul 05, 2017 - 7:55 AM

Israel constantly searching for allies at the United Nations and for new business partners has portrayed the visit as a major diplomatic victory

HISTORIC VISIT. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shake hands following a statement on July 4, 2017, at the Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem. Debbie Hill/Pool/AFP

Bromance as Trump and Modi hail friendship at first talks

Jun 27, 2017 - 9:34 AM

The two leaders pledge their quest for economic growth will strengthen rather than undermine ties between the world s two largest democracies

EMBRACE. US President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi embrace in the Rose Garden during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, DC, June 26, 2017. Nicholas Kamm/AFP

India's Modi to meet President Trump for first time

Jun 12, 2017 - 11:28 PM

The two leaders will meet on June 26 for the first time after Modi arrives in Washington for a two day visit

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.

India, Pakistan join China and Russia-led security bloc

Jun 09, 2017 - 8:35 PM

Leaders of the largely symbolic body – including Russia s Vladimir Putin and China s Xi Jinping – formally sign off on the sub continent duo s accession at the annual SCO summit in Kazakhstan s capital Astana

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon, Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in Kazakhstan's Astana on June 9, 2017. Photo by AFP.

Modi tells Macron India will 'go beyond' Paris climate accord

Jun 03, 2017 - 10:25 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes the commitment after President Donald Trump said the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement

FOR CLIMATE CHANGE. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) says goodbye to French President Emmanuel Macron after a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe on the last leg of his 4-nation visit in Paris on June. Photo by Charles Platiau/AFP

At least 13 dead in Indian truck crash – police

Apr 21, 2017 - 10:10 PM

The Press Trust of India reports the driver fled the scene after mowing down the protesters – who were demonstrating against illegal sand mining – and crashing into some shops

Bus crash kills 44 in northern India – official

Apr 19, 2017 - 10:38 PM

Only two of the 46 people on board the bus survived when it flew off a cliff and into a river in northern Himachal Pradesh state around 115 kilometers 70 miles from the capital Shimla

Test for Modi as India's biggest state votes

Feb 11, 2017 - 5:16 PM

UPDATED With so much at stake halfway through his term Narendra Modi has personally led the campaigning for his party

ELECTIONS. Indian voters wait as election officer checks their names against a voter list at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar on February 11, 2017. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

India's techies fear U.S. crackdown on high-skilled visas

Feb 05, 2017 - 1:00 PM

Visa restrictions would create uncertainty and leave US businesses short of the skilled workers they need says a business group

People look over the arrivals board as volunteers at JFK International Airport's Terminal 4 are on hand to work with people that may have been detained from the seven countries under US President Donald Trump's Executive Order, February 4, 2017 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Indians go to the polls in test for Modi's cash ban

Feb 04, 2017 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED Urging people of Punjab and Goa to turnout in record numbers and vote in the Assembly elections says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

REGIONAL ELECTIONS. A vegetable vendor walks past graffiti urging Indians to vote, in Mumbai on February 3, 2017. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

India police probe 'politically-driven' Twitter hacking

Dec 12, 2016 - 11:06 PM

Investigators say they are treating the hacking as a cyber crime and initial investigations had determined that the hackers operated from outside the country

Indonesia, India pledge closer maritime ties

Dec 12, 2016 - 9:28 PM

As strategic partners and maritime neighbors the two leaders emphasized the importance of further consolidating the security and defense cooperation a joint statement says

MODI AND WIDODO. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shakes hand with Indonesia President Joko Widodo before a meeting at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on December 12, 2016. Photo by Money Sharma/ AFP

Rush to spend as India 'cash catastrophe' prompts chaos

Dec 02, 2016 - 8:27 PM

As anger mounted at the continued shortage of cash the leader of the opposition Congress party accused Modi of experimenting with the financial future of 1 3 billion people

'NO CASH' In this photograph taken on November 30, 2016, a handwritten sign stating 'no cash' is hung onto door of an ATM in Mumbai. Indranil Mukherjee/AFP

Tens of thousands protest against India cash ban

Nov 28, 2016 - 9:42 PM

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh a respected economist says it would shave at least two percentage points off growth which topped 7 in the first half of the financial year

An Indian protestor holds placards of banned 500 and 1000 rupee notes during a protest against demonetization, in Mumbai on November 28, 2016. Photo by Indranil Mukherjee/ AFP