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Stories with place: South Asia
  • Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:43 pm

    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan.

  • Afghan Taliban confirm Mullah Omar's death, choose successor story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 4:23 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency.

  • Landslides bury Nepal villages, killing at least 30 people 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 11:13 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Landslides caused by heavy rains buried several mountain villages in Nepal on Thursday, killing at least 30 people, and bad weather was hampering the search for others, authorities said.

  • India hangs only man sentenced to die for 1993 Mumbai blasts story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 11:11 am

    NEW DELHI - Ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups, India on Thursday hanged an accountant convicted of supporting the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in the country's worst terrorist attack.

  • Former President Kalam buried in southern India 
    Updated: Jul-30-15 3:47 am

    NEW DELHI - Tens of thousands of people gathered in the southern Indian town of Rameswaram on Thursday for the burial of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country's missile program.

  • India execution brings out mixed feelings on punishment story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 10:11 pm

    NEW DELHI - Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just four have been executed.

  • Taliban leader Mullah Omar, reclusive in life and death story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-29-15 6:19 pm

    Mullah Mohammad Omar, the secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally who led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces, eluded capture for more than a decade in spite of being one of the most-hunted fugitives on Earth.

  • Afghanistan says Taliban leader Mullah Omar died 2 years ago story has photosstory has video
    Updated: Jul-29-15 6:13 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan asserted Wednesday that the Taliban's reclusive leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, died more than two years ago in a Pakistani hospital - an announcement that injects new uncertainty into the country's fragile peace process.

  • UN: Expect 11.2 billion population by the end of the century 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 3:42 pm

    UNITED NATIONS - Move over: The world's population is expected to reach 8.5 billion by 2030 and 9.7 billion in 2050, a new United Nations report says. And there should be 11.2 billion people on Earth by the end of this century.

  • Pakistani militant leader killed in police convoy attack story has photos
    Updated: Jul-29-15 10:08 am

    MUZAFFARGARH, Pakistan - One of Pakistan's most-feared Islamic militant leaders, believed to be behind the killing of scores of minority Shiites, was gunned down along with 13 other militants during an assault on a police convoy that was transporting him from prison on Wednesday.

  • Bangladesh upholds opposition leader's death sentence 
    Updated: Jul-29-15 2:58 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh - Bangladesh's Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the death sentence for an influential opposition leader and an aide to a former prime minister for his role in mass killings during the country's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

  • Chand aims to qualify for Rio Olympics after CAS verdict 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 12:42 pm

    NEW DELHI - Indian sprinter Dutee Chand will aim to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games after the Court of Arbitration for Sport's decision to suspend IAAF rules that could have blocked women with high levels of male hormones from competing in Rio de Janeiro.

  • Pakistan to host second round of Kabul-Taliban talks 
    Updated: Jul-28-15 11:04 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is finalizing preparations to host the second round of landmark peace talks between Afghan government officials and the Taliban later this week, two Pakistani officials said Tuesday.

  • Ex-president known as father of Indian missile program dies story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 1:52 pm

    GAUHATI, India - Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country's military missile program, died Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture, a top state official said. He was 83.

  • Buddhist monks from India to return to Steamboat Springs 
    Updated: Jul-27-15 10:32 am

    STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado - Buddhist monks from a monastery in southeast India are making their way back to Steamboat Springs for the first time since their initial visit in 2010.

  • 10 killed in India as militants attack police station, bus story has photos
    Updated: Jul-27-15 9:43 am

    NEW DELHI - Indian forces fought an extended gunbattle Monday with militants who attacked a moving bus and stormed into a police station in a northern town bordering Pakistan, with 10 people killed in the violence, officials said.

  • Police say gunmen kill local US Embassy employee in Pakistan 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 9:01 am

    ISLAMABAD - Police say gunmen have killed a local employee of the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, though a motive for the attack is still unclear.

  • Yoga philosopher brings lessons to Ketchikan 
    Updated: Jul-26-15 4:10 am

    KETCHIKAN, Alaska - Yoga philosopher Ram Vakkalanka is blunt when talking about common perceptions about yoga, the ancient Indian practice of meditation and physical movement.

  • Magnitude-5.1 earthquake jolts Pakistan, killing 3 people 
    Updated: Jul-25-15 5:47 am

    MANSEHRA, Pakistan - Authorities in Pakistan say an earthquake that jolted the country early this morning has killed three people.

  • Nepal trekking agencies doubt Annapurna safety report 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 2:50 pm

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - An association of trekking agencies in Nepal on Friday criticized an assessment report that found trails around Mount Annapurna safe for hikers following April's devastating earthquake.

  • Maldives prosecutor finds violations in ex-president's case 
    Updated: Jul-24-15 10:20 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - The Maldives prosecutor general will appeal the former president's 13-year jail sentence after finding irregularities in the terrorism trial against him, the government said Friday. His lawyer said Mohamed Nasheed should be freed.

  • India's 'Medicine Baba' gets drugs from rich, gives to poor story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 5:40 am

    NEW DELHI - Omkarnath spends his days searching New Delhi for drugs. A call to the phone number printed boldly on his saffron-colored tunic reveals his alternate identity: "Hello, I am Medicine Baba."

  • Floods triggered by rains kill 12 more people in Pakistan story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 5:25 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistani authorities say flash floods, triggered by monsoon rains, have killed 12 more people across the country, bringing the overall death toll since early last week to 15, as rescuers struggle to move those stranded to safer places.

  • Ex-UN climate panel head accused of stalking loses India job story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 3:40 am

    NEW DELHI - The former chairman of the U.N. climate panel has been removed from his job as head of a top energy institute in India following allegations of sexual harassment.

  • Nepal trekking agencies doubt Annapurna safety report story has photos
    Updated: Jul-24-15 2:30 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - An association of trekking agencies in Nepal on Friday criticized an assessment report that found trails around Mount Annapurna safe for hikers following April's devastating earthquake.