AP Photos: Residents of India's shrinking island struggle

MAJULI, India (AP) — Their shores are protected by an embankment of sandbags and concrete barriers, but the residents of Majuli, a river island in India's northeastern Assam state, are struggling to s...

Indian expats in Taipei enjoy night of inner peace at deity birth celebrations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Nearly 100 Indians living in Taiwan braved the rain to celebrate the birth of Indian deity “Krishna Janmashtami" in a festival held at Chientan Youth Activity C...

AP PHOTOS: Indian monks keep an ancient tradition alive

MAJULI, India (AP) — Every morning, on an island in the Brahmaputra River, centuries-old monasteries come alive with the sounds of rhythmic chants and the footsteps of young monks closely watched by t...

Rebuilding mosques priority for devout on quake-hit Lombok

TANJUNG, Indonesia (AP) — On Indonesia's earthquake-devastated Lombok island, people are reeling as they mourn more than 300 dead and sleep in makeshift shelters, but foremost in the minds of some is ...

Missouri brewery removes Hindu deity from beer artwork

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri brewery has apologized and removed artwork depicting a Hindu deity from one of its beers. Rajan Zed, president of the Universal Society of Hinduism...

IN BRIEF: Japanese cult leader and followers executed

Japan hanged seven death row inmates Friday: Shoko Asahara, the leader of a cult blamed for 27 deaths including a poison gas attack on Tokyo's subways, and six of his followers. THE ...

Narendra Modi's four years in power: good or bad for India?

To celebrate four years in in power, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has launched a campaign to showcase its achievements and accomplishments. Millions of rupees are being pumped into a ...

Nevada leader to give first Hindu prayer in Oklahoma Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A spiritual leader from Nevada will deliver the Oklahoma Senate's first Hindu prayer, part of an interfaith movement in a Legislature in the Bible Belt that has faced criticism it...

Buddhist temple in Taiwan's Penghu accidentally installs 'Nazi' swastika

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- A photo surfaced on Sunday (March 18) on a Taiwanese Facebook page showing a newly renovated Buddhist temple in Penghu with one of its Swastikas turned to the right, similar to...

Streets deserted, airport closes for Bali's Day of Silence

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's normally bustling Bali has shut down social media, turned away flights and shuttered all shops for a Day of Silence that marks New Year on the predominantly Hindu is...

Taiwanese religious traditions abroad: a Taoist temple in South India!

NEW DELHI (Taiwan News) -- A Taoist temple in Villivakkam is located on the outskirts of Chennai, the capital of the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. It may seem unbelievable, but i...

Top Indonesia court overturns discriminatory religious law

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's top court has overturned a law that denied recognition and legal rights to followers of indigenous faiths. The Constitutional Court on Tuesday s...

Monument of love, the Taj Mahal, at heart of political storm

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — India's famed monument of love, the white marble Taj Mahal, is finding itself at the heart of a political storm, with some members of the country's ruling Hindu rig...

India at a glance

NEW DELHI: India, located in southern Asia, with over 1.3 billion people, is the most populous democracy in the world. It is a nation with different cultures and religions, but its two ...

Broadcast journalist killed in northeastern India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police say a journalist from a local television network was abducted and killed while covering a protest rally in India's remote northeastern state of Tripura. Polic...