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Shift of 50-year-old Indian war memorial stirs controversy

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s government on Friday moved a commemorative flame that was lit 50 years ago to honor Indian soldiers killed in a 1971 war with Pakistan to a new National War Memorial that was ...

Davos: Germany's Olaf Scholz says silence on Ukraine is not an option

Speaking virtually to the World Economic Forum in Davos, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said there was a clear commitment to the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Moscow has stationed about 100,000 tr...

China's Xi rejects 'Cold War mentality,' pushes cooperation

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday that his country will send an additional 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine to other countries, calling for global cooperation to tackle the pan...

Birju Maharaj, legend of India's kathak dance form, dies

NEW DELHI (AP) — Birju Maharaj, a legend of classical Indian dance and among the country’s most well-known performing artists, died Monday. He was 83. Maharaj was suffering from a k...

COVID, China, climate: Online Davos event tackles big themes

GENEVA (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic has forced the World Economic Forum's annual meeting of world leaders, business executives and other heavyweights to go virtual for the second year in a row, but...

Thousands gather at Hindu festival in India as virus surges

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Tens of thousands of devout Hindus, led by heads of monasteries and ash-smeared ascetics, took a holy dip into the frigid waters of the Ganges River in northern India on Friday d...

India: Deaths reported as train derails in West Bengal

At least nine people were killed, and dozens of others were injured when a train derailed on Thursday in India's West Bengal state. The express train was on its way to the northeastern state of A...

India: 'Auction' of Muslim women on apps reveals widespread online abuse

Indian journalist Zeba Warsi woke up one morning in early January to find her name on an online "auction" app targeting Muslim women. "I felt angry, and really helpless that this is ha...

Sri Lanka seeks Chinese debt restructuring amid crisis

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The president of debt-ridden Sri Lanka on Sunday asked China for the restructuring of its loans and access to preferential credit for imports of essential goods, as the islan...

Lessons forgotten: Election rallies feed Indian virus surge

NEW DELHI (AP) — Coronavirus cases fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant are rocketing through India, prompting the federal government and states to swiftly reintroduce a string of restri...

Omicron spreads in India's big cities but hospitalisations still low

Indian megacities Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata are experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases, although without a corresponding rise in hospitalisations, but fears are growing about a spread to rural areas i...

How India is ramping up efforts to bolster military capability

On December 24, an MiG-21 aircraft of the Indian Air Force crashed in the western state of Rajasthan during a training exercise, leaving one pilot dead. The incident was the latest in a series of ...

Suspects held after fake online sale of Indian Muslim women

NEW DELHI (AP) — Police in India have detained a man and a woman alleged to be involved in the offering for sale of prominent Muslim women on a fake online auction website, according to government off...

India: Police arrest 2 over fake auction of Muslim women

Mumbai police charged a 21-year-old man on Tuesday over a website which listed more than a 100 prominent Muslim women as being for sale. The cybercrime unit also detained a woman in connection with th...

COVID-19: India braces for third wave due to omicron variant

At the beginning of December, two people in the southern state of Karnataka tested positive for the omicron variant of the coronavirus, marking India's first recorded cases of the strain. Now, ...