Woman convicted of fraud, paid $800K for prayers to thwart charges

U.S. 10/17/18, 12:42

An investment adviser, Dawn Bennett, was convicted Wednesday of charges she defrauded investors out of millions of dollars, some of which she used to pay more than $800,000 for prayers by Hindu priests in India to ward off federal investigators. A federal jury deliberated for roughly four hours over two days ...

Indian minister accused of sexual harassment steps down

World 10/17/18, 08:57

M.J. Akbar, India's junior external affairs minister, resigned Wednesday amid accusations by 20 women of sexual harassment during his previous career as one of the country's most prominent news editors, becoming the most powerful man to fall in India's burgeoning #MeToo movement.Akbar said in a statement that he would "challenge ...

Indian temple set to allow entry to females who menstruate

World 10/17/18, 03:32

A temple in southern India that's one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world is set to open its doors to females of menstruating age following a ruling by the country's top court.Some 1,000 police officers cleared protesters from the vicinity of the Sabarimala temple in Kerala state ...

Fighting in Kashmir’s main city leaves 3 combatants dead

World 10/16/18, 19:43

Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in the main city of disputed Kashmir on Wednesday shortly after a gunbattle between militants and government forces killed at least two suspected rebels and a counterinsurgency police official.The gunbattle began early Wednesday after troops cordoned off a neighborhood in Srinagar on a tip that ...

Payments companies hit deadline for keeping data in India

Business 10/16/18, 09:30

Global credit card and payments companies like American Express, Visa and MasterCard are facing a challenge in meeting a requirement to store transaction data for all Indian customers within the country.A new rule took effect Tuesday that directs payment companies to store all transaction data on computers inside the country.Enacted ...

Child hunger ‘serious’ in India while its economy grows fast

World 10/12/18, 04:23

A global hunger index has been released showing about 20 percent of Indian children under 5 suffer from acute under-nutrition in the same week the International Monetary Fund projected India to be the world's fastest-growing economy, exposing stark contrasts in the South Asian country. The 2018 Global Hunger Index published Thursday ...

A friendly for China and India has billions interested

Soccer 10/11/18, 22:16

When the world's most heavily populated countries meet on the football field for the first time in 21 years, there's destined to be billions of people interested in the outcome.And that's just in China and India. Soccer's two biggest sleeping giants meet on Saturday for the first time since 1997. ...

India’s #MeToo comes amid calls for 2013 law’s enforcement

World 10/11/18, 07:59

A complaint by a retired Bollywood actress living in the United States alleging sexual harassment on a 2008 movie set has galvanized women in India, but for the country's burgeoning #MeToo movement to reach broader swaths of society, a little-known labor law must be more aggressively implemented, lawyers and activists ...

India train cars derail, at least 5 people killed, 35 hurt

World 10/09/18, 20:33

Police say an express train has partially derailed in northern India, killing five passengers and injuring dozens more.Police director general OP Singh said rescuers have responded to the scene where the train's engine and five cars derailed about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. It occurred at a railway station in Rae Bareli, ...

Photos: Residents of India’s shrinking island struggle

Asia & Pacific 10/07/18, 02:03

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 survive in a place that has been rapidly diminished by flooding and erosion.In this Aug. 6, 2018 photo, monks, in white, instruct ...

India has signed a $5B billion deal to buy Russian S-400s

Europe 10/05/18, 06:00

India has signed a $5 billion deal to buy a Russian S-400 air defense system despite a looming threat of U.S. sanctions on countries that trade with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.Russian President Vladimir Putin and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the deal in New Delhi on Friday and ...

India, Russia likely to sign arms deal during Putin’s visit

Europe 10/04/18, 06:27

Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India on Thursday for a two-day visit during which India is expected to sign a $5 billion deal to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems despite a new U.S. law ordering sanctions on any country trading with Russia's defense and intelligence sectors.Putin and Indian ...

India wins toss, 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw gets test cap

Asia & Pacific 10/04/18, 00:41

India won the toss and decided to bat in the first cricket test against West Indies on Thursday after handing 18-year-old batting prodigy Prithvi Shaw his maiden test cap.At 18 years, 329 days, he is the second-youngest Indian test cricketer after Vijay Mehra, who made his debut at 17 years, ...

Indian court allows deportation of 7 Rohingya to Myanmar

World 10/03/18, 22:36

India's top court on Thursday allowed the first deportations of Rohingya Muslims to Myanmar since the federal government ordered their identification last year.The Supreme Court rejected a plea by defense attorney Prashant Bhushan to let seven Rohingya live in India as they feared reprisal in Myanmar. They were arrested in ...

India, at UN: Pakistan is harboring terrorists

U.S. 09/29/18, 13:39

India's foreign minister accused neighboring Pakistan of harboring terrorists in an angry speech Saturday before the U.N. General Assembly, and rejected the notion that India is sabotaging peace talks with Pakistan, calling it "a complete lie."Sushma Swaraj pointed to the fact that Osama bin Laden had been living quietly in ...

Update: Pakistan blames India for breakdown in talks

U.S. 09/29/18, 09:09

The Latest on the U.N. General Assembly (all times local):3:00 p.m.Pakistan's top diplomat is blaming India for a recent breakdown in their relations as he addresses a U.N. gathering of world leaders. He says Pakistan "prefers politics over peace."Pakistani foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's comments came a few hours after ...

India wins toss, bowls 1st against Bangladesh in Asia Cup

Asia & Pacific 09/28/18, 07:34

Rohit Sharma won the toss for India and elected to bowl first against Bangladesh on Friday in the Asia Cup final.Defending champion India will be looking to secure continental bragging rights for the seventh time, while Bangladesh has made it to the Asia Cup final for the third time in ...

Photos: Editor selections from the past week in Asia

Asia & Pacific 09/28/18, 05:33

Anti-India protests and clashes erupted in disputed Kashmir after Indian troops killed a young shepherd who was tending his sheep, officials and residents said.In this Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, file photo, Kashmiri men shout slogans as they carry the body of Mohammad Saleem Malik, a civilian, during his funeral procession ...

India’s top court lifts temple’s ban on women who menstruate

World 09/28/18, 02:57

India's Supreme Court on Friday lifted a temple's ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender.The historic Sabarimala temple had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple, one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centers in the world.Some religious figures ...

Adultery verdict is latest progressive ruling by India court

World 09/27/18, 22:47

The chief justice of India's Supreme Court has presided over a string of recent rulings that grant more rights to women, gay couples and religious minorities, challenging deeply conservative Indian society before he retires next month.In the latest decision Thursday, Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the rest of the five-member ...

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