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Stories with place: South Asia
  • Review: In Paris-set 'Dheepan,' a timely refugee thriller 
    Updated: May-04-16 5:50 pm

    NEW YORK - French director Jacques Audiard is a curious combination of art-house auteur and genre filmmaker, a brazen showman and gritty naturalist. He makes tender and brutal movies that recast themselves as they twist their way toward unpredictable finales. To suit tales of transformation (his specialty), he switches genres mid-movie like a character changing wardrobe.

  • Pakistani army chief confirms death sentences for 11 Taliban 
    Updated: May-04-16 5:51 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's army chief signed off on the death sentences of 11 members of the Taliban convicted of terrorism, kidnappings, attacks on civilians as well as assaults on police and army officers, an army statement said.

  • Bangladesh blogger seeks US help as threats escalate story has photosstory has video
    Updated: May-03-16 5:25 pm

    WASHINGTON - When Bangladeshi blogger and social activist Ashif Entaz Rabi hosted a TV talk show about a slaying of a publisher by Islamic extremists, he faced a torrent of threatening phone calls. He says young men with earpieces started loitering outside his workplace, and a militant website urged followers to "send this Ashif to Allah."

  • Liberty House submits bid for Tata Steel assets in UK 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:26 pm

    LONDON - Two firms have expressed interest in buying the available assets of Tata Steel UK, setting up rival bids that could help revive the troubled industry in Britain.

  • NBC and Golf Channel facing a busy summer of golf story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 1:42 pm

    The summer schedule for NBC and Golf Channel is not finalized, though this much is clear: There won't be another summer like this one from the number of big events to two premier tournaments that the networks have never broadcast.

  • Press Freedom Day: Journalists keep working despite threats story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 12:09 pm

    MOGADISHU, Somalia - For Abdiqadir Dulyar, simply reading messages sent to his phone can be chilling.

  • Sri Lankan court: Right to information bill needs two-thirds 
    Updated: May-03-16 11:58 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka's highest court has declared that parts of a right to information bill contravene the constitution and it will need a two-thirds majority in Parliament to become law, the speaker announced Tuesday.

  • Singapore detains 8 Bangladeshis suspected of IS group links 
    Updated: May-03-16 10:46 am

    SINGAPORE - Singapore has detained eight Bangladeshi workers on suspicion of planning attacks linked to the Islamic State group in their home country, authorities said Tuesday

  • 3 detained after Dalit law student raped, murdered in India 
    Updated: May-03-16 10:44 am

    NEW DELHI - Police detained three men for questioning Tuesday in the rape and murder of a law student whose body was found mutilated in southern India, officials said.

  • Lawmakers injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka parliament 
    Updated: May-03-16 10:42 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Several lawmakers were injured in fisticuffs inside Sri Lanka's Parliament on Tuesday after a protest over the removal of military security for former President Mahinda Rajapakasa. One lawmaker was hospitalized.

  • Tribunal: India, Italy should agree on Italian marine's bail story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 10:15 am

    NEW DELHI - India and Italy should work toward an agreement to allow an Italian marine to return home while an arbitration process continues in the fatally shootings of two Indian fishermen in 2012, a tribunal said Tuesday.

  • Nepal to expel Canadian man over critical tweets 
    Updated: May-03-16 9:33 am

    KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepal has ordered a Canadian man to leave the country within two days for posting messages on social media that could disturb social harmony, officials said Tuesday.

  • Taliban threats force Afghan boy, fan of Messi, into exile story has photos
    Updated: May-03-16 8:46 am

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The family of a 5-year-old Afghan boy who received autographed shirts from his soccer hero Lionel Messi was forced to leave Afghanistan amid constant telephone threats and a menacing Taliban letter, the boy's father said Tuesday.

  • Bangladesh war crimes court sentences 4 to death 
    Updated: May-03-16 8:15 am

    NEW DELHI - A special war crimes court in Bangladesh sentenced four men to death Tuesday for killing, torture, arson and looting during the nation's independence war against Pakistan in 1971.

  • Indian teenager dies while shooting selfie with loaded gun 
    Updated: May-03-16 6:33 am

    NEW DELHI - A teenager has died after accidentally shooting himself while posing for a selfie with a loaded handgun held to his head, police said Tuesday.

  • Uber, China's Alipay expand cooperation to foreign markets 
    Updated: May-03-16 3:41 am

    BEIJING - Ride-hailing service Uber and the payment service of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group are expanding a partnership to allow Chinese travelers to summon and pay for a car in any country where Uber operates.

  • Italy: Hague tribunal OKs marine's return from India for now story has photos
    Updated: May-02-16 2:59 pm

    ROME - An international tribunal in The Hague has decided that an Italian marine being held in India in the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen mistaken for pirates can return home for the duration of arbitration, the Italian foreign ministry said Monday.

  • Wildfires sweep through mountain forests in north India story has photos
    Updated: May-02-16 11:06 am

    LUCKNOW, India - Massive wildfires that have killed at least seven people in recent weeks were burning through pine forests in the mountains of northern India on Monday, including parts of two tiger reserves.

  • Bodies of elite climber, cameraman found in melting glacier 
    Updated: May-01-16 2:18 pm

    LOS ANGELES - The bodies of a renowned mountain climber and expedition cameraman who were buried in a Himalayan avalanche 16 years ago have been found.

  • 3 detained in Bangladesh after stabbing death of Hindu man 
    Updated: May-01-16 8:47 am

    NEW DELHI - Police in Bangladesh detained three men Sunday, including the head of an Islamic school, in connection with the stabbing death of a Hindu tailor in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

  • Police: Older son said he killed father in California story has photos
    Updated: Apr-29-16 9:55 pm

    SAN JOSE, California - The older of two sons charged with murdering their parents at their home in California said he shot his father multiple times, but he did not shoot his mother, according to police.

  • Parts of India ban daytime cooking as hundreds die of heat 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 8:27 pm

    PATNA, India - With sizzling temperatures claiming more than 300 lives this month in India, officials said they were banning daytime cooking in some parts of the drought-stricken country in a bid to prevent accidental fires that have killed nearly 80 more people.

  • The Latest: Police: Older son confessed to killing father 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 6:15 pm

    SAN JOSE, California - The Latest on the arrest of two sons in the shooting deaths of their parents in California. (all times local):

  • Sri Lankan protest demands new probe of journalist's killing 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 8:41 am

    COLOMBO, Sri Lanka - Hundreds of journalists and media rights activists protested on Friday to demand Sri Lanka's new government start a fresh investigation into the abduction and killing of a prominent ethnic Tamil journalist 11 years ago, during the country's civil war.

  • Man who stalked woman from India to US sentenced in Texas 
    Updated: Apr-29-16 8:27 am

    MCKINNEY, Texas - A 32-year-old Los Angeles man who stalked a woman for almost a decade after he met her in India has been sentenced to 17 years in prison after a Texas jury convicted him of breaking into her Dallas-area apartment and setting up a false credit tracking account to locate her.