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Stories with place: South Asia
  • new storyCalifornia man says brother is innocent of parents' deaths 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 12:06 pm

    SAN JOSE, California - The elder of two sons suspected of killing their parents says that his younger brother was not involved in the deaths that have unnerved their tight-knit Muslim community.

  • Image of Asia: Watering the garden in Sri Lanka 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:09 am

    In this photo by Eranga Jayawardena, a man waters his vegetable garden cultivated on the banks of the Kelani River in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Many Sri Lankans living in urban areas maintain kitchen gardens for their daily consumption.

  • Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist's killing 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 8:41 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested on Friday to demand Sri Lanka's new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country's civil war.

  • Man who stalked woman from India to US sentenced in Texas 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 8:27 am

    MCKINNEY, Texas - A 32-year-old Los Angeles man who stalked a woman for almost a decade after he met her in India has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after a Texas jury convicted him of breaking into her Dallas-area apartment and setting up a false credit tracking account to locate her.

  • Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 7:39 am

    PATNA, India - With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said Friday they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people.

  • US fears rise of jihadists in moderate Bangladesh story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 3:47 am

    WASHINGTON - The slaying in Bangladesh of a U.S. Agency for International Development employee has intensified U.S. concern that the strategically located South Asian country with traditions of religious tolerance is under threat from Islamic extremists.

  • Speaker invites India Prime Minister to address Congress 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 12:05 pm

    WASHINGTON - House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi (nah-REN'-drah MOH'-dee) of India to address a joint meeting of Congress on June 8.

  • New killings in Bangladesh leave LGBT community full of fear story has photos
    Updated: Apr-28-16 11:36 am

    NEW DELHI - The killing of two gay rights activists in the Bangladeshi capital has driven the country's already secretive and small gay community underground, wondering if they can trust a government that considers their status to be criminal, rights groups said.

  • Protest in Myanmar targets US Embassy use of term 'Rohingya' 
    Updated: Apr-28-16 10:32 am

    YANGON, Myanmar - Buddhist monks joined several hundred protesters outside the U.S. Embassy in Myanmar on Thursday to demand it stop using the term "Rohingya" to refer to a Muslim ethnic minority group.

  • Ancient Buddhist sculpture returned to Pakistani government story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-28-16 3:01 am

    NEW YORK - An ancient stone sculpture of Buddha's footprints that was smuggled into the United States and had been expected to sell for more than $1 million was returned to the government of Pakistan on Wednesday.

  • Slain husband and wife lauded for their kindness 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 1:25 pm

    SAN JOSE, California - A husband and wife who emigrated from Bangladesh 30 years ago and were found slain in their California home last weekend are being remembered for their kindness.

  • US targets 11 countries for lax copyright protection 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 9:35 am

    WASHINGTON - China, Russia and India are among 11 countries targeted by the Obama administration for leaving American producers of music, movies and other copyrighted material open to rampant piracy.

  • On trek to Everest, a chance to push boundaries, find peace story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 7:53 am

    EVEREST BASE CAMP, Nepal - We reach Everest Base Camp on a sunny but chilly afternoon, after an eight-day trek that stretched our physical and mental limits.

  • Tibetans in exile re-elect Lobsang Sangay as prime minister story has photos
    Updated: Apr-27-16 5:19 am

    DHARMSALA, India - Lobsang Sangay has been re-elected prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile in voting held last month, officials announced Wednesday, with Sangay saying the election shows that Tibetans in exile "are practicing democracy, whereas China is not."

  • State backs athletes who could miss Rio due to power failure 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 3:10 am

    NEW DELHI - The Olympic ambitions of two Indian sprinters are in jeopardy after a power failure at a weekend qualifying event prevented electronic timing, and their hand-timed performances - good enough to make the team for Rio de Janeiro - do not count.

  • Biofuel manufacturing plant catches fire in southern India 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:38 am

    HYDERABAD, India - A biofuel manufacturing plant caught fire in southern India, triggering explosions in biodiesel tanks and forcing around 150 workers to flee the facility, officials said Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh jails 2 Hindu teachers for insulting Islam 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:34 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh - A court has jailed two teachers in southern Bangladesh for making derogatory comments about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad, invoking a rare law from the British colonial era that makes insulting any religion a crime.

  • Pakistani Sikhs open temple after 73 years, risking attacks 
    Updated: Apr-27-16 2:27 am

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan - An armed policeman stood guard outside the 300-year-old Sikh temple, known as a gurdwara, in northwest Pakistan. He kept a watchful eye on everyone who passed him on the narrow street, looking for a suspicious gesture, or a bulge beneath the clothes that hints at a hidden gun or a bomb.

  • Al-Qaida says it killed Bangladesh gay activist, friend story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Apr-26-16 3:06 pm

    NEW DELHI - The Bangladeshi branch of al-Qaida claimed responsibility Tuesday for the killing of a gay rights activist and his friend, undermining the prime minister's insistence just hours earlier that her political opponents were to blame for the attack and for a rising tide of violence against secular activists and writers.

  • Indian Supreme Court extends Italian marine's stay in Italy 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 8:43 am

    NEW DELHI - India's Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed an Italian marine involved in the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen in 2012 to continue to stay in Italy until Sept. 30.

  • India asks Pakistan to curb terror groups targeting India 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 6:44 am

    NEW DELHI - India on Tuesday asked Pakistan to rein in terrorist groups operating from its soil and targeting India, expressing dissatisfaction with action taken so far against suspects of an attack on an Indian air force base in January.

  • Indians take to Buddhist chanting to alleviate urban stress 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 4:43 am

    NEW DELHI - The bank executive, the book publisher and the social worker had one thing in common: Their hectic lives in the crowded Indian capital had become so chaotic and stressful, they've turned to chanting Buddhist mantras in search of calm.

  • Massive fire guts natural history museum in India's capital 
    Updated: Apr-26-16 2:43 am

    NEW DELHI - A massive fire Tuesday gutted the National Museum of Natural History in India's capital, one of the country's top museums, an official said.

  • 2 men including USAID employee killed in Bangladesh story has photos
    Updated: Apr-25-16 7:15 pm

    NEW DELHI - Unidentified assailants fatally stabbed two men in Bangladesh's capital Monday night, including a gay rights activist who also worked for the U.S. Agency for International Development, police said, in the latest in a series of attacks targeting atheists, moderates and foreigners.

  • Dubai pushes the pedal to the metal on driverless cars 
    Updated: Apr-25-16 2:34 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants 25 percent of all trips on its roads to be done by driverless vehicles.