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Stories with place: South Asia
  • Mumbai horse carriage ban leaves working families in fear 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 10:57 am

    MUMBAI, India - Drivers of Mumbai's iconic horse-drawn carriages can't imagine not plying the roads pulling photo-snapping tourists atop their kitsch-covered chariots.

  • Train carrying Pakistani troops falls into canal, 12 dead 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 8:31 am

    ISLAMABAD - At least four cars of a train being used to transport Pakistani soldiers fell into a canal because of a bridge collapse in the eastern Punjab province on Thursday, killing at least twelve soldiers, officials said.

  • Mumbai horse carriage ban leaves working families in fear 
    Updated: Jul-02-15 4:06 am

    MUMBAI, India - Drivers of Mumbai's iconic horse-drawn carriages can't imagine not plying the roads pulling photo-snapping tourists atop their kitsch-covered chariots.

  • Customs officials recover idol looted from Indian temple 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 10:44 pm

    NEW YORK - Customs officials in New York have recovered a bronze religious statue from the 11th or 12th century that they say was looted from a temple in India.

  • Bangladesh-based poverty group founder wins World Food Prize 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:28 pm

    DES MOINES, Iowa - A man who created a nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday.

  • Brutal heat wave in Pakistan last month killed 1,250 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:25 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's government says the brutal heat wave that hit the port city of Karachi and the country's southern province of Sind in June killed 1,250 people before subsiding.

  • Pakistan: 4 members of al-Qaida's South Asian branch killed 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 7:13 am

    ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani official says four militants killed this week during a raid on a home near the eastern city of Lahore were members of al-Qaida's South Asian branch who were planning an attack on the offices of a civilian spy agency.

  • Former Sri Lankan strongman will run for parliamentary seat 
    Updated: Jul-01-15 5:58 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Former Sri Lankan strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, defeated in this year's presidential election, said Wednesday that he's re-entering politics and contesting a Parliament seat in August.

  • Pakistani artists look to counter violent extremism story has photos
    Updated: Jul-01-15 2:37 am

    LAHORE, Pakistan - At a militant training camp in Pakistan, a new recruit asks his instructor why his comrades are attacking churches and mosques rather than enemy bases. "This world is full of sin. It needs to be bathed in blood," the instructor replies, nurturing seeds of doubt that will eventually lead the young man to turn away from violence.

  • One-third of world's people still have no proper toilets 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 11:25 pm

    NEW DELHI - Toilets are taken for granted in the industrialized West, but still are a luxury for a third of the world's people who have no access to them, according to a report by the World Health Organization and UNICEF.

  • Pakistan soccer undertakes election despite court order 
    Updated: Jun-30-15 11:32 am

    ISLAMABAD - The Pakistan Football Federation undertook elections on Tuesday despite a court ordering they be postponed.

  • Maryland man sentenced for exporting firearms to Pakistan 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 8:28 pm

    BALTIMORE - A pizza shop owner has been sentenced to two years in prison for exporting semi-automatic rifles, parts and accessories to Pakistan.

  • Police investigate mob killing of school director in India 
    Updated: Jun-29-15 5:49 am

    PATNA, India - Police are investigating the mob killing of a school director in northern India after two of the school's students were discovered dead, officials said Monday.

  • US same-sex marriage ruling likely to impact other countries story has photos
    Updated: Jun-27-15 8:47 pm

    LONDON - The landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriages has no legal force outside the United States, but gay rights activists in many parts of the world believe the court ruling will help their cause.

  • Bhamara forces basketball to front page of Indian newspapers 
    Updated: Jun-27-15 2:59 am

    NEW DELHI - It is a rare day in India when basketball makes the front page of newspapers, yet Satnam Singh Bhamara achieved that feat when he became the first Indian to be drafted to the NBA this week.

  • Police arrest Pakistani in Italy-based terror probe 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 6:41 am

    ROME - Police say they have arrested a Pakistani man suspected of helping organize the 2009 attack on a market in Peshawar that killed more than 100 people, the latest arrest in a decade-long investigation into an Italy-based terror network with ties to al Qaida.

  • Monsoon rains kill 81 in India 
    Updated: Jun-26-15 3:07 am

    NEW DELHI - Heavy early monsoon rains have killed at least 81 people in India's western Gujarat state, bringing misery to thousands of people uprooted from their flooded homes, an official said Friday.

  • Pakistan rejects Afghan allegations about parliament attack 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 2:10 pm

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan "strongly rejects" accusations by Afghanistan's spy agency that a Pakistani intelligence officer helped orchestrate an attack on the Afghan parliament earlier this week.

  • A look at challenges Uber has faced around the world 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 1:51 pm

    PARIS - Taxi drivers in France went on strike Thursday, smashing car windows, setting tires on fire and blocking traffic to express their displeasure with American ride-hailing service Uber. Despite an October law forbidding the company's low-cost UberPop service, its drivers continue to provide rides in France.

  • Donors pledge $4.4 billion for earthquake-hit Nepal story has photos
    Updated: Jun-25-15 12:10 pm

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Donor nations and agencies announced $4.4 billion in aid for Nepal on Thursday, covering about two-thirds of what the Himalayan nation says it needs to rebuild from devastating earthquakes that killed more than 8,800 people and made millions homeless.

  • Collision between bus and truck kills 18 in India 
    Updated: Jun-25-15 9:24 am

    NEW DELHI - A head-on collision between a bus and a truck killed at least 18 people and injured 13 others in western India on Thursday, police said.

  • India loses out as Asia teams turn to overseas soccer talent 
    Updated: Jun-24-15 9:51 pm

    When a country with a population of 180,000 is victorious over a nation of more than a billion in the football arena, it would normally be classed as a shock.

  • Rains cool Pakistan as heat wave's death toll climbs to 838 story has photos
    Updated: Jun-24-15 1:58 pm

    KARACHI, Pakistan - A cool wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains brought the first signs of respite to southern Pakistan on Wednesday as the death toll from a scorching heat wave climbed to 838 - a high figure even for a nation accustomed to sizzling hot summers.

  • Nun who took on Mother Teresa's India charity mission dies story has photos
    Updated: Jun-23-15 11:28 am

    KOLKATA, India - The Indian nun who replaced Mother Teresa as head of the Missionaries of Charity died Tuesday, the organization said. Sister Nirmala Joshi was 81.

  • Report: economic growth failing to help world's poorest kids 
    Updated: Jun-23-15 6:29 am

    NEW DELHI - Global resolve to rescue impoverished children from lives of squalor, disease and hunger has fallen short, with economic development in many countries still leaving millions of the most vulnerable behind, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday.