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Stories with place: South Asia
  • New tally in Saudi hajj disaster shows at least 1,399 killed story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 6:32 pm

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - The crush and stampede last month outside of Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca killed at least 1,399 people during the hajj pilgrimage, a new tally Thursday showed, 630 more than the kingdom's official toll.

  • With drones in tow, Anderson debuts 'Junun' documentary story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 5:05 pm

    NEW YORK - Paul Thomas Anderson premiered his first documentary, "Junun," on Thursday at the New York Film Festival, unveiling a sonically rich portrait of Indian musicians recording an album with Radiohead's Johnny Greenwood.

  • Habitat for Humanity cancels Jimmy Carter build in Nepal 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 12:21 pm

    ATLANTA - Jimmy Carter's first international trip since announcing that cancer has spread to his brain has been canceled, the former president and the group Habitat for Humanity said.

  • Police: Rebels kill top counterinsurgency officer in Kashmir 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 9:37 am

    SRINAGAR, India - Suspected rebels gunned down a top police officer known for his successful counterinsurgency operations in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Thursday.

  • Image of Asia: Flying high on India's Air Force Day 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 9:02 am

    In this photo by Manish Swarup, a Sukhoi Su-30 MKI fires flares during a vertical maneuver at India's Air Force Day parade at an airbase near New Delhi. Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said the IAF would have female fighter pilots, under a proposal that is awaiting approval from the Defense Ministry. It would be the first combat role for women in India's military. If the proposal is approved, Raha said the female fighter pilots would be flying in three to four years.

  • Oil-starved Nepal seeks suppliers to bring fuel by air story has photos
    Updated: Oct-08-15 7:57 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Struggling with a fuel shortage after Indian shipments stopped, Nepal is asking suppliers to bring gasoline and kerosene by airplane before the Himalayan country begins celebrating its biggest festival of the year. And for the first time, it is looking to import fuel from China.

  • Lawmakers in Kashmir punch colleague for serving beef 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 7:24 am

    SRINAGAR, India - Lawmakers from India's ruling Hindu nationalist party in Kashmir kicked and punched an independent member of the state assembly on Thursday for hosting a party where he served beef.

  • Sightseeing aircraft with 2 aboard missing in Nepal 
    Updated: Oct-08-15 7:19 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - An ultra-light aircraft carrying two people on a sightseeing flight over the mountains of central Nepal went missing Thursday, officials said.

  • Elephant electrocuted in India when tree falls on power line 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 11:58 am

    NEW DELHI - As their forest habitats shrink and villages edge closer, it's not uncommon for wild elephants in India to destroy crops and homes and sometimes even kill people.

  • Review: 'Malala' is a gripping story, eloquently told 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 9:08 am

    LOS ANGELES - Many people know the basic elements of the story of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who was the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. But "He Named Me Malala" retells that story in a deft and affecting way. Director Davis Guggenheim, who made the Oscar-winning "An Inconvenient Truth" and the controversial "Waiting for Superman," does some of his most heartfelt work in this tribute to Malala and her entire family.

  • Nepal government, protesters discuss size of states 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 8:58 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Negotiators from Nepal's government and the main group protesting the country's new constitution discussed the main issue of the size of proposed states on Wednesday, but said little progress was made in their second day of talks.

  • Pakistani court upholds death sentence in blasphemy killing 
    Updated: Oct-07-15 5:30 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a former police officer convicted of killing a provincial governor he had accused of blasphemy.

  • Warne, Tendulkar to lead star-studded cricket tour of US 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:45 pm

    MELBOURNE, Australia - Cricket greats Shane Warne of Australia and Sachin Tendulkar of India will captain opposing teams of former star players in a three-match exhibition tour of the United States next month.

  • Indian cleric aims to stop Muslim youth from joining IS 
    Updated: Oct-06-15 10:49 am

    NEW DELHI - The chief cleric of Bangalore's main mosque said Tuesday that he has advised the heads of hundreds of mosques in India's technology hub to actively counter propaganda by extremist Islamic groups by reaching out to young people in colleges and on social media.

  • Christian pastor survives knife attack at home in Bangladesh story has photos
    Updated: Oct-06-15 9:42 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh - A Bangladeshi pastor survived an attempt on his life by three men who came to his home pretending to want to learn about Christianity, police and the victim said Tuesday.

  • Nepal's 3 main parties discuss formation of new government 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 11:56 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Leaders of Nepal's three main political parties discussed formation of a new government on Monday following the adoption of a new constitution last month.

  • Rights lawyer: Jailing ex-leader sign of Maldives extremism story has photos
    Updated: Oct-05-15 11:36 am

    LONDON - The imprisonment of former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed symbolizes a turn toward autocracy and extremism by a Muslim nation with the world's highest per-capita level of recruitment to the Islamic State group, a human rights lawyer said Monday.

  • Police in Bangladesh question 4 in killing of Japanese man 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 7:55 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh - Police said they were questioning four people Monday in connection with the second killing of a foreigner in Bangladesh last week - a Japanese agricultural worker described by his neighbors as a friendly farmer who occasionally joined gatherings at their village mosque.

  • 4 Indian soldiers, 3 rebels killed in Kashmir fighting 
    Updated: Oct-05-15 7:22 am

    SRINAGAR, India - Four Indian army soldiers and three suspected rebels were killed in separate clashes in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said Monday.

  • Dalai Lama assures followers of health upon return to India 
    Updated: Oct-03-15 6:12 am

    DHARAMSALA, India - The Dalai Lama has assured his followers that he is in excellent health upon his return Saturday to the Tibetan government-in-exile's headquarters in northern India.

  • Nepalis adapt to fuel shortage by carpooling, riding bikes story has photos
    Updated: Oct-03-15 1:56 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - India's unofficial blockade of Nepal has put a crunch on this Himalayan nation, with cars lining up for miles around gasoline stations, schools shutting down, vegetables in short supply and taxis charging four times the normal fare.

  • India vows to cut carbon intensity in Paris pledge story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 1:19 pm

    NEW DELHI - India's long-awaited pledge for a global climate pact shows how the world's No. 3 carbon polluter is making significant efforts to rein in the growth of emissions linked to its fast-surging demands for energy, analysts said Friday.

  • Ham radio: A hobby or community service or both? 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 11:58 am

    BASIN, Wyoming - When all other communication is down or unavailable, ham radio operators, also known as amateur radio operators, can provide emergency communication. However, the emergency assistance is not the main reason many operators get involved. For Basin's Jerry Pyle, it's been nearly a lifelong passion.

  • Murders test Bangladesh claims that radical Islam in check 
    Updated: Oct-02-15 7:00 am

    DHAKA, Bangladesh - A string of slayings claimed by radical Islamic groups has Bangladesh scrambling to contain what appears to be a rising tide of extremism, and it couldn't have come at a worse time - the country's fragile economic growth is faltering this year amid renewed political unrest.

  • Saudi hajj disaster toll rises higher with Iran's 465 dead story has photos
    Updated: Oct-02-15 12:48 am

    TEHRAN, Iran - The death toll in the Saudi hajj disaster rose sharply Thursday as Iran announced 465 of its pilgrims died in last week's stampede and crush, nearly doubling its earlier count and likely further straining relations between the two Mideast rivals.