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  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 5:06 pm
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

  • Rebels kill 7 after voting in Indian elections 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:41 pm
  • SRINAGAR, India - A major day of voting in the world's biggest elections was marred by violence Thursday as suspected rebels killed four paramilitary soldiers and three polling officials who were traveling on buses after conducting balloting in two Indian states.

  • India likely to have poor monsoon rains 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 1:16 pm
  • NEW DELHI - India is expected to get below normal monsoon rains this year after four straight years of normal monsoon yielding bumper crops.

  • Army: Airstrikes in Pakistan tribal region kill 37 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 11:23 am
  • KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistani warplanes attacked insurgent hideouts in the tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 37 suspected militants and wounding 18, army officials said Thursday, as authorities hold peace negotiations with the Taliban.

  • Everest climbing season in disarray after deaths 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 9:06 am
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's attempts to salvage the Mount Everest climbing season fell flat Thursday as major expedition companies canceled their climbs and many Sherpas quit the mountain after an avalanche killed 16 of their fellow guides last week.

  • 1 year after factory collapse, Bangladeshis suffer 
    Updated: Apr-24-14 6:40 am
  • SAVAR, Bangladesh - One year after the Rana Plaza garment factory collapsed in a pile of concrete slabs and twisted metal, Bangladeshi seamstress Shefali says she would rather starve to death than return to factory work.

  • Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:31 am
  • NEW DELHI - Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.

  • Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 11:29 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday.

  • Bhutanese immigrants form cricket team in Erie 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:34 am
  • ERIE, Pennsylvania - The crack of a bat broke the silence one afternoon last week at Roman Blaszczyk Field, a softball diamond on Erie's east side.

  • Sri Lanka to deport UK tourist with Buddha tattoo 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 10:28 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan authorities will deport a British tourist for having an image of Buddha tattooed on her arm, an official said Wednesday.

  • Climate change likely to make Everest even riskier 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 7:23 am
  • NEW DELHI - Climbing to the roof of the world is becoming less predictable and possibly more dangerous, scientists say, as climate change brings warmer temperatures that may eat through the ice and snow on Mount Everest.

  • In India's vote, Hindu holy city is battleground 
    Updated: Apr-23-14 6:53 am
  • VARANASI, India - For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation.

  • Indian film awards arrive in Tampa, Fla., but why? 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 5:37 pm
  • TAMPA, Florida - The so-called Bollywood Oscars have been held in Macau, Singapore, London - and now, Tampa?

  • Poll: Indians view rape as big problem, laws lax 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 4:39 pm
  • WASHINGTON - A new poll shows that Indians view rape as a big problem in their country and think the criminal justice system is inadequate to deal with it.

  • Fearing the Icefall: On Everest, dangers are clear 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 11:41 am
  • NEW DELHI - On Everest, everybody knows that the Khumbu Icefall is dangerous. They've known it for generations, since the first great Everest mountaineer, George Mallory, turned away from the Icefall in 1921, insisting it was impossible to pass.

  • Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 3:28 am
  • ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

  • Suspected rebels kill 3 in Indian Kashmir 
    Updated: Apr-22-14 1:25 am
  • SRINAGAR, India - Police say suspected rebels have killed three men in Indian Kashmir ahead of voting in general elections this week.

  • UN: 2 UNICEF staff abducted in Pakistan are free 
    Updated: Apr-21-14 12:55 pm
  • UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations says two staff members of the U.N. children's agency UNICEF who were abducted in Pakistan have been freed.

  • Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after tire burst 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 3:55 pm
  • KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - A Malaysia Airlines flight heading to India with 166 people aboard made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur early Monday after it was forced to turn back when a tire burst upon takeoff, the airline said.

  • Va. couple seek to adopt 10-year-old from India 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 9:28 am
  • LYNCHBURG, Virginia - His infectious smile lights up the room from atop a shelf in Todd and Tobey Thurston's Campbell County home - the face of the couple's daily prayer to one day become blessed with a son.

  • Road accident kills 36 in southern Pakistan 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 2:34 am
  • KARACHI, Pakistan - Pakistani police say a passenger bus has rammed into a disabled flatbed trailer parked on the side of a highway in the south, killing at least 36 people, including 17 women and children.

  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face 
    Updated: Apr-20-14 12:01 am
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - The rescuers moved quickly, minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear.

  • Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades 
    Updated: Apr-18-14 10:58 am
  • ISLAMABAD - Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr."

  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 3:07 pm
  • NEW YORK - A wealthy hotel executive and Democratic fundraiser who supported Hilary Clinton for president pleaded guilty Thursday to charges he secretly funneled more than $180,000 in illegal campaign contributions to three unnamed candidates and coached someone to lie about it.

  • Court extends NYC officer's weapons case in India 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 11:19 am
  • NEW DELHI - An Indian court said Thursday it won't rule before July 1 in the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge.