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  • Hotel magnate, Democratic fundraiser pleads guilty 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 1:52 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.

  • India struggles with rebel threats during election 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 9:40 am
  • RAJNANDGAON, India - Indians cast ballots Thursday on the biggest day of voting in the country's weekslong general election, streaming into polling stations even in areas where leftist rebels threatened violence over the plight of India's marginalized and poor.

  • Rights groups ask Nepal to scrap amnesty provision 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 5:31 am
  • KATMANDU, Nepal - International rights groups said Thursday that parts of a bill proposed by Nepal's government should be rejected because they might allow people who committed serious human rights violations during the country's Maoist insurgency to escape punishment.

  • Michigan State grads to hear India IT entrepreneur 
    Updated: Apr-17-14 4:05 am
  • EAST LANSING, Michigan - Michigan State University says that Indian information technology pioneer Azim Premji will speak at the school's undergraduate commencement May 2.

  • Pakistan Taliban says truce over but talks ongoing 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 1:52 pm
  • ISLAMABAD - The Pakistani Taliban said Wednesday they will not renew a ceasefire they called over a month ago to facilitate peace negotiations but said they will still continue talks with the government.

  • Passenger train derails in northern India; 42 hurt 
    Updated: Apr-16-14 9:10 am
  • GAUHATI, India - A passenger train derailed in northeastern India early Wednesday, and dozens of passengers suffered mostly minor injuries.

  • Sri Lanka says Canada holds Commonwealth to ransom 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 11:08 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka on Tuesday accused Canada of using its funding of the Commonwealth as a political tool by suspending its $10 million annual contribution while Sri Lanka chairs the group's secretariat.

  • India's top court recognizes third gender category 
    Updated: Apr-15-14 9:38 am
  • NEW DELHI - India's top court on Tuesday issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.

  • Canada suspends funding over Sri Lanka 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 5:32 pm
  • OTTAWA, Ontario - Canada is suspending $20 million in funding to the Commonwealth while the chair of the secretariat is occupied by Sri Lanka because of human rights concerns.

  • Indian troops kill 2 rebels in Kashmir fighting 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 8:31 am
  • SRINAGAR, India - A nearly 20-hour gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir ended Monday after government troops killed two suspected rebels in the Himalayan region's main city, a senior police official said.

  • Uber meets local lookalikes in Asia taxi-app wars 
    Updated: Apr-14-14 3:34 am
  • MUMBAI, India - Riding on its startup success and flush with fresh capital, taxi-hailing smartphone app Uber is making a big push into Asia. There's a twist, though: Instead of being the game-changing phenomena it was in the U.S., Uber faces a slew of competitors using similar technology.

  • Indian movie stars among owners of soccer league 
    Updated: Apr-13-14 9:54 am
  • MUMBAI, India - A new professional soccer league in India this year will feature movie stars and former Indian cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly as co-owners of teams.

  • Pakistan judge dismisses 9 month old's murder case 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 3:58 pm
  • ISLAMABAD - A Pakistani judge dismissed an attempted murder charge Saturday that police lodged against a 9-month-old boy, ending a bizarre case that drew new criticism to the country's troubled criminal justice system.

  • Memoir by Indian PM's ex-aide irks amid elections 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 10:19 am
  • NEW DELHI - A new book by a former aide to India's prime minister has caused a political stir during ongoing national elections by suggesting the outgoing leader was never fully in charge of his government.

  • Rebels kill 14 in anti-election campaign in India 
    Updated: Apr-12-14 9:16 am
  • PATNA, India - Indian Maoist rebels killed 14 people in two separate attacks in the central state of Chhattisgarh on Saturday as they continue a campaign of violence aimed at disrupting a five-week national election.

  • Turkmen president: 2015 start for pipeline work 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 12:19 pm
  • ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan - Turkmenistan's president has demanded that construction work begin in 2015 on a pipeline that will carry natural gas from his energy-rich country to Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

  • Indian PM aspirant's marital status spurs question 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 10:28 am
  • NEW DELHI - India's governing Congress party on Friday asked election authorities to prosecute the Hindu nationalist opposition's prime ministerial candidate for filing "false affidavits" by not mentioning his marriage when he registered for past elections.

  • Sri Lanka says it killed 3 trying to revive rebels 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 7:53 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan soldiers on Friday killed three men who were attempting to revive the Tamil Tigers separatist group, which was defeated in the country's civil war nearly five years ago, the Defense Ministry said.

  • In rural India, women want politicians to deliver 
    Updated: Apr-11-14 3:07 am
  • SARAI, India - Trudging home after a long day harvesting wheat, Veena Devi has little time for the political workers swarming her northern Indian village seeking votes for their candidates.

  • Rutgers has new rules for Bangladesh-made apparel 
    Updated: Apr-10-14 2:10 pm
  • NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey - Rutgers University says it is requiring companies that make its licensed apparel in Bangladesh must agree to fire and building safety requirements.

  • Investors hope new India gov't will revive growth 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:22 am
  • MUMBAI, India - India's stock market has hit several new highs in the last month and the once-struggling rupee has strengthened on signs that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party will win the largest bloc of seats in parliamentary elections that began this week and run until May 12.

  • Women's group; Rebel suspects' families detained 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 6:13 am
  • COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - A Sri Lankan women's rights group said Wednesday that the government is arresting innocent female relatives of males it suspects are trying to revive the Tamil Tiger rebel group and the women are suffering from ill treatment.

  • Modi touts record on economy in bid to lead India 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 4:02 am
  • AHMEDABAD, India - To some, the man in pole position to be India's next prime minister is a visionary reformer, while to others he's an autocrat in bed with big business cronies. Perhaps nowhere are opinions of Narendra Modi more polarized than in Gujarat, the western state he's led for more than decade and that is now touted as a model of prosperity for all of India to emulate.

  • Maoist rebels kill 3 government soldiers in India 
    Updated: Apr-09-14 3:46 am
  • NEW DELHI - Three government soldiers were killed in a gunbattle with Maoist rebels in India's central Chhattisgarh state on Wednesday, a day before voting begins there in national elections, police said.