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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

The biggest world stories of the week: May 26-June 1, 2019

Jun 02, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Here's a roundup of the stories that made headlines across the globe

FIRST PUBLIC STATEMENT. Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves after speaking on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election, at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2019. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

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

India's opposition Congress backs Rahul Gandhi after poll defeat

May 25, 2019 - 9:39 PM

'Party President Rahul Gandhi offered his resignation but it was unanimously rejected by the members of Congress Working Commission,' says a party spokesman

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)

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)

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

India gov't asks Gandhi to respond to claims he is British

Apr 30, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The allegations against Rahul Gandhi bear similarities to efforts by the so-called 'birther' movement, once championed by Donald Trump

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

Modi casts vote on India's 'Super Tuesday'

Apr 23, 2019 - 5:54 PM

The 117 seats over 15 states being fought for on Tuesday, April 23, are the biggest number of any of the 7 stages of voting over 6 weeks

VOTE. 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. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Indian man amputates finger after voting for wrong party

Apr 19, 2019 - 6:49 PM

An Indian man says he became confused by the symbols on the electronic voting machine and voted for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party instead of its regional rival in Uttar Pradesh state

World's biggest election tests Modi's grip on power in India

Apr 11, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(UPDATED) Election officials report a heavy turnout across the 20 states taking part in the first day of the massive exercise which involves 900 million eligible voters and will take nearly 6 weeks to complete

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi gestures as he arrives to attend the centenary celebration of missionary organisation the Gaudiya Math and Mission at the Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on February 21, 2016. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

India goes on high security alert ahead of mega polls

Apr 10, 2019 - 6:29 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's right wing Bharatiya Janata Party is seeking a second term, defending a landslide win over the opposition Congress party in 2014

The 3 women hoping to upset India's Modi at the polls

Apr 06, 2019 - 1:43 PM

Here are the 3 women challenging India's alpha-male Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the 2019 polls

CHALLENGERS. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (L), Kumari Mayawati (C), and Mamata Banerjee (R) are challenging Hindu Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the polls. Photos from their social media accounts

Modi declares India 'space superpower' as satellite downed by missile

Mar 27, 2019 - 4:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'I want to assure the world community that the new capability is not against anyone. This is to secure and defend...fast-growing India,' says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

MODI ON SPACE POWER. A man watches Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to the nation on a local news channel in New Delhi on March 27, 2019. Photo by Prakash Singh/AFP

Founder of India's beleaguered Jet Airways quits

Mar 26, 2019 - 12:32 AM

Jet Airways, which has debts of more than $1 billion, says in a statement that its creditors will inject up to $218 million of 'immediate funding support' into the airline

JET AIRWAYS. In this file photo taken on April 14, 2008 Naresh Goyal, founder of Jet Airways, addresses a launch ceremony in Hong Kong. File photo by Mike Clarke/AFP

Fired-up Modi guns for new term in India's mega-election

Mar 10, 2019 - 8:48 PM

The Bharatiya Janata Party is banking on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's charisma, sharp tongue, and an array of emotive issues

Pakistan returns Indian pilot in 'peace gesture'

Mar 02, 2019 - 10:31 AM

The Indian pilot shot down by a Pakistani aircraft is returned as a 'peace gesture'

ABHINANDAN VARTHAMAN. The Indian pilot is returned to his home country as a 'peace gesture' by Pakistan. This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows the captured Indian pilot in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

Pakistan says will free Indian pilot as 'peace gesture'

Feb 28, 2019 - 8:12 PM

The pilot, Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, has become the face of the crisis since he was shot down in a rare aerial engagement between the South Asian neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir

'PEACE GESTURE.' This handout photograph released by Pakistan's Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) on February 27, 2019, shows captured Indian pilot looking on as holding a cup of tea in the custody of Pakistani forces in an undisclosed location. AFP PHOTO / INTER SERVICES PUBLIC RELATIONS

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