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India’s Modi lays foundation of huge statue amid criticism

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday laid the foundation stone for a massive memorial of a medieval warrior king that’s expected to cost billions of rupees and has come …


Rescuers finish search of Indian train derailment, 133 dead

Rescuers finished searching the last of 14 mangled train carriages that derailed in northern India, killing at least 133 people and leaving more than 200 injured, police said early Monday.


Train derails in north India, killing 90 and trapping others

Rescue workers used gas cutters to pull out survivors after 14 coaches of a passenger train rolled off the track, killing at least 90 people in northern India early Sunday, …


2 billion children breathe toxic air worldwide, UNICEF says

A new report from UNICEF says most of the 2 billion children in the world who are breathing toxic air live in northern India and neighboring countries, risking serious health …


Dozens charged in massive Indian call center scheme

The callers in India, claiming to be officials with the Internal Revenue Service or immigration services, would present those who answered the phone with an ultimatum. Pay us, or we’ll …


Indian bank authorities say 3.2 million debit cards hacked

Indian banks scrambled Friday to contain the damage after finding that more than 3.2 million debit cards may have been hacked.


Pakistani army chief lashes out at India as tensions spike

Pakistan’s powerful army chief lashed out at India Thursday, warning that any act of aggression from New Delhi would not go unpunished as tensions spiked between the two countries over …


India ratifies Paris climate change agreement

India, which accounts for about 4.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, ratified the Paris climate change agreement Sunday at the United Nations, officials said.


Pakistan military prepares for a possible Indian attack

Military officials are calling it a routine exercise, but the thunderous spectacle of Pakistani fighter jets touching down on a major highway Wednesday and Thursday, with commercial flights suspended and …


Commandos storm Dhaka restaurant; 6 attackers dead, 13 safe

Heavy gunfire and explosions rang out Saturday morning as Bangladesh security forces backed by armored vehicles moved to end a 10-hour standoff with heavily armed militants holding dozens of people …


India home to 22 of the world’s most polluted cities

New statistics released Thursday underscored what many visitors to India already know: This country has the most polluted cities in the world.


Five construction officials held over Indian overpass collapse

Indian police on Friday detained five officials of a company constructing an overpass that collapsed onto a crowded Kolkata neighborhood, killing at least 24 people and injuring more than 80.


Washington shippers cheer as India apple imports resume

YAKIMA – Washington apple shippers are cheering the news that India has reopened all of its ports to apple imports. The Yakima Herald-Republic reports that India has been Washington’s third-largest …


6.7-magnitude quake kills four in India

GAUHATI, India – A 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit India’s remote northeast region before dawn on Monday, killing at least four people, injuring 100 others and causing damage to several buildings. The …


Polio ambassador: ‘There really is a possibility that we could eradicate this disease’

Paralyzed by polio as an infant in India, Minda Dentler recently traveled to the country of her birth to advocate for childhood immunization and offer hope to survivors.


ESPY nominee Minda Dentler’s world opened up with hand cycling

Growing up in Spokane, Minda Dentler competed in everything she could find that didn’t require the use of her legs.


It’s the best place to Goa to make your money last

Last year the trip-planning website Tripomatic calculated one simple, fascinating statistic: In different cities across the globe, how long can $100 last? Presuming a traveler stayed in the cheapest possible …


Authorities charge 5 in New Delhi gang rape

NEW DELHI — A group of men accused of raping a university student for hours on a bus as it drove through India’s capital were charged today with murder, rape …


Jubilant promises about 100 Spokane jobs

India-based Jubilant expects to add about 100 jobs at its Spokane facility in the next few years. Marcelo Morales, chief executive officer of the parent company of the former Hollister …


Gregoire secures sister state

OLYMPIA – Washington has a new “sister” state, half a world away. Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is in Asia on a trade mission, announced Wednesday that Andhra Pradesh in southeast …


600 million without power in India

NEW DELHI — A massive blackout hit northern and eastern India on Tuesday afternoon, leaving 600 million people without electricity in one of the world’s most widespread power failures.


India’s growing economy has room for 1,320 new planes

NEW DELHI – Boeing has forecast a $150 billion market for passenger airplanes in India over the next 20 years driven by a booming economy. Indian airlines will need to …


Avalanche in India kills 17

A massive avalanche plowed into an Indian army training center at a ski resort town in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Monday, killing 17 soldiers and critically injuring 17 others.


Obama hails U.S., India’s ‘growing partnership’

WASHINGTON – Seeking firmer footing for U.S.-India relations, President Barack Obama tried Tuesday to calm India’s fears about Asian rival China, salving bruised feelings in the world’s largest democracy with …


Pakistan: Mumbai attacks were planned on its soil

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani officials took what could be a decisive step forward in the country’s fight against Islamic extremism Thursday, publicly admitting for the first time that the Mumbai terrorist …


India seeks worldwide pressure on Pakistan

NEW DELHI – India’s prime minister signaled Tuesday that his government would not act unilaterally against the extremist networks allegedly behind last month’s Mumbai terrorist attacks, attempting to ease tensions …


‘Bandit Queen’ Leads In Election In India Lower-Caste Candidate Phoolan Devi Was In Jail For 11 Years

Phoolan Devi greets supporters in Mizrapur on Friday. Photo by Associated Press