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  • new storyDeath toll from Pakistan flash floods rises to 118 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 12:56 pm

    ISLAMABAD - The death toll from flash floods triggered by seasonal monsoon rains in various parts of Pakistan has risen to 118 and floodwater has inundated vast areas, leaving tens of thousands homeless, authorities said Monday.

  • Former Afghan warlord says Taliban weaker amid infighting story has photos
    Updated: Aug-03-15 11:47 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The confirmed death of the Taliban's reclusive one-eyed leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has weakened the movement, giving Kabul an opportunity to step up the battle against the insurgency, an Afghan governor and one of the country's most powerful former warlords said Monday.

  • Indian government, key northeast rebel group sign peace deal 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 11:07 am

    NEW DELHI - India's government signed a peace treaty on Monday with a key rebel group in the country's insurgency-wracked northeast.

  • Image of Asia: Drinkable water for flood-hit Indian villages 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 10:23 am

    In this photo by Bikas Das, relief workers carry plastic pouches of drinking water for distribution after flooding in Khudirabad village near Kolkata, in India's West Bengal state. Cooked food was also delivered to residents in affected areas. The Home Ministry says more than 100 people have died due to the heavy rains and flooding in the past week and tens of thousands of people have been forced to take shelter in state-run relief camps. The annual monsoon, which lasts from June through September, often brings flooding to India, and the situation in West Bengal was worsened by a recent cyclone.

  • Indian Parliament speaker bars 25 lawmakers for 'disorder' 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 8:59 am

    NEW DELHI - The speaker of India's Parliament on Monday barred 25 opposition legislators from its sessions for the rest of the week for causing "grave disorder" after they created noisy scenes.

  • India orders telecoms to block more than 850 adult websites 
    Updated: Aug-03-15 8:35 am

    NEW DELHI - India has ordered Internet service providers to block access to more than 850 adult websites in what the government has described as a way to protect social decency.

  • Monsoon rains kill more than 90 people in India 
    Updated: Aug-02-15 3:07 pm

    NEW DELHI - India's Home Ministry says heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 90 people in the past week and forced tens of thousands of people to take shelter in state-run relief camps.

  • Saint Mary's College accepting male graduate students 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 4:23 pm

    SOUTH BEND, Indiana - Saint Mary's College, a 171-year-old Roman Catholic women's college, is opening its doors to men as it starts enrolling graduate students for the first time in more than 40 years.

  • 21 feared dead in mudslide in India's remote northeast 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 1:08 pm

    GAUHATI, India - Twenty-one people were feared dead Saturday in a mudslide triggered by torrential monsoon rains in India's remote mountainous northeast region, police said.

  • Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 9:19 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man's name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the insurgency.

  • India, Bangladesh swap border enclaves, settle old dispute 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 9:16 pm

    NEW DELHI - At the stroke of midnight Friday, tens of thousands of stateless people who were stranded for decades along the poorly defined border between India and Bangladesh will finally get to choose their citizenship, as the two countries swapped more than 150 pockets of land to settle the demarcation line dividing them.

  • Gunmen kill 1, wound 13 campaigning for Sri Lankan candidate 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 11:29 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Gunmen opened fire at campaign workers in Sri Lanka's capital on Friday, killing one and wounding 13, police and hospital officials said, in the first major political violence before the parliamentary election.

  • Official: 2 Indians held near Libya's Sirte town, 2 safe 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 9:35 am

    NEW DELHI - Four Indian nationals were detained near the Libyan city of Sirte, India's foreign ministry said Friday, but declined to say who had held the men.

  • Report: Ride-hailing service Uber to put $1 billion in India 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 7:41 am

    NEW DELHI - Ride-hailing service Uber has announced a $1 billion investment for the Indian market for the next nine months as it hopes to expand services and products, news reports said Friday.

  • 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.

  • 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.