South Asia

Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Three Austrian physicians. The co-founder of an international aid organization. A career ambassador. The wife and children of a Slovak legislator. A Nigerian-born Canadian college professor and satirist. They were among the 157 people from 35 countries who died Sunday morning when an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner … Continue reading Ethiopian crash victims were aid workers, doctors, academics

A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Citizens from 35 countries were killed when an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa en route to Nairobi on Sunday morning. Here is the latest list of nationalities as released by the airline. It accounts for the nationalities of 150 of the 157 people believed to … Continue reading A list of the 35 nationalities killed in Ethiopia crash

7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Election Commission announced Sunday that the upcoming national election will be held in seven phases in April and May, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s Hindu nationalist party seeks a second term. About 900 million people are eligible to vote in a staggered process that allows the government to deploy tens … Continue reading 7-phased voting for India’s national election in April, May

Italian envoy confirms deaths of 2 climbers in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Two European mountain climbers who went missing on the Pakistani mountain Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-tallest, were confirmed dead Saturday by Italy’s ambassador to Pakistan. Ambassador Stefano Pontecorvo tweeted that the search for Italian Daniele Nardi and Briton Tom Ballard ended after a team confirmed that silhouettes spotted at a height of … Continue reading Italian envoy confirms deaths of 2 climbers in Pakistan

Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown

BAHAWALPUR, Pakistan (AP) — On the congested streets of Bahawalpur, a city in southern Pakistan’s jihadi heartland, emotions run high in favor of Jaish-e-Mohammad, a U.N.-designated terror group that recently pushed nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war. Such support complicates Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s latest crackdown on militant groups, including Jaish-e-Mohammed. In … Continue reading Popular support for militants complicates Pakistan crackdown

Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

SUNAMGANJ, Bangladesh (AP) — The father of a British teenager who ran away to join the Islamic State group in Syria said his daughter’s citizenship should not be revoked and that she should return to the U.K. and be punished if it was determined she had committed a crime. Shamima Begum fled east London with … Continue reading Father of UK teen who joined IS says don’t scrap citizenship

The Latest: Pakistan arrests key suspects in Kashmir attack

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on the latest escalation between Pakistan and India (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Pakistan’s Interior Ministry says authorities have arrested dozens of suspects, including the brother of the leader of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammad group that India has blamed for the Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian Kashmir that killed 40 … Continue reading The Latest: Pakistan arrests key suspects in Kashmir attack

UK minister says Brexit talks yield ‘positive’ signals

BRUSSELS (AP) — A senior British government minister insists that Brexit talks with the European Union are making progress, as negotiators meet in Brussels seeking a way to break the logjam. Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt says “the signals we are getting are relatively positive.” EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier is meeting U.K. Brexit Secretary Stephen … Continue reading UK minister says Brexit talks yield ‘positive’ signals

India resigned to US decision to end zero-tariffs status

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s commerce ministry said Tuesday that it won’t try to hold onto its preferential zero-tariffs status with the United States after Washington decided to drop it from its Generalized System of Preferences program. On Monday, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer announced that India and Turkey would lose their GSP status within … Continue reading India resigned to US decision to end zero-tariffs status

Bad weather delays search for 2 climbers in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani mountaineering official says military helicopters could not drop off four Spanish rescuers to search for a missing pair of European climbers because of heavy snowing. Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said Sunday that Spaniard Alex Txikon and his three colleagues, who agreed to help find the … Continue reading Bad weather delays search for 2 climbers in Pakistan

First lull in Kashmir since latest India-Pakistan escalation

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Residents near the disputed boundary in divided Kashmir region said Sunday it was quiet overnight, their first lull since a dangerous escalation between Pakistan and India erupted last week bringing the two nuclear-armed rivals close to full-out war. Many villagers used the calm in Pakistani-held Kashmir to leave their homes in … Continue reading First lull in Kashmir since latest India-Pakistan escalation

8 killed in India-Pakistan fighting amid high tensions

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani soldiers have again targeted each other’s posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and two Pakistani troops, officials said Saturday. But in a sign that tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals could soon ease, a Pakistani Cabinet minister said a key … Continue reading 8 killed in India-Pakistan fighting amid high tensions

The Latest: Global Muslim body urges India, Pakistan to talk

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local): 9:20 p.m. Pakistan’s foreign ministry says the world’s largest body of Muslim-majority nations has adopted a resolution urging India and Pakistan to de-escalate tensions and resolve their issues “through peaceful means.” The ministry said in a statement Saturday that at … Continue reading The Latest: Global Muslim body urges India, Pakistan to talk

Pakistan to resume search for 2 European climbers on Sunday

ISLAMABAD (AP) — A Pakistani mountaineering official says the country’s military is expected to resume a search for a pair of climbers from Italy and Britain who went missing on a Himalayan peak amid bad weather. Karrar Haidri, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said Pakistan’s army could not send out search helicopters on … Continue reading Pakistan to resume search for 2 European climbers on Sunday

The Latest: India-Pakistan fighting kills 2 Pakistani troops

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — The Latest on the tensions between India and Pakistan (all times local): 4:15 p.m. Pakistan’s military says two of its soldiers have been killed in an exchange of fire with Indian forces near the Line of Control that separates the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir between the rivals. It marked the … Continue reading The Latest: India-Pakistan fighting kills 2 Pakistani troops

India-Pakistan fighting kills 6 civilians, 2 Pakistan troops

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other’s posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and two Pakistani troops, officials said Saturday. Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike … Continue reading India-Pakistan fighting kills 6 civilians, 2 Pakistan troops

The Latest: Pakistan brings captured Indian pilot to border

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local): 4:50 p.m. India’s prime minister says a tough response by his country’s armed forces to recent attacks in Indian controlled Kashmir have curtailed the influence of terror groups in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to curtail acts of terrorism further. Modi, … Continue reading The Latest: Pakistan brings captured Indian pilot to border

Search resumes for 2 European climbers missing in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan‘s military dispatched two helicopters Thursday despite closure of its airspace amid tensions with neighboring India to find a pair of climbers from Italy and Britain who went missing on a Himalayan peak, a mountaineering official said. Karrar Haidri, secretary of Alpine Club of Pakistan, told The Associated Press that the search … Continue reading Search resumes for 2 European climbers missing in Pakistan

The Latest: India welcomes decision to release pilot

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on escalating India-Pakistan tensions (all times local): 4:05 p.m. India is welcoming Pakistan’s decision to free a captured Indian pilot whose Mig-21 fighter was shot down during an aerial skirmish between the air forces of the two countries in disputed Kashmir. Air Vice Marshal R.J.K. Kapoor, an Indian air force … Continue reading The Latest: India welcomes decision to release pilot

Pakistan pledges to release captive Indian fighter pilot

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan‘s prime minister pledged on Thursday his country would release a captured Indian fighter pilot, a move that could help defuse the most serious confrontation in two decades between the nuclear-armed neighbors over the disputed region of Kashmir. Prime Minister Imran Khan made the announcement in an address to both houses of … Continue reading Pakistan pledges to release captive Indian fighter pilot

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: NO DEAL IN HANOI Declaring “sometimes you have to walk,” Trump did just that after nuclear disarmament talks with Kim Jong Un collapsed after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to a standoff over U.S. … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir; villagers flee homes

MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan on Thursday acknowledged receiving information from India regarding a suicide bombing in the contested region of Kashmir that sparked the latest wave of tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbors, a day after Islamabad said it shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot The information exchanged on the Feb. … Continue reading Pakistan, India trade fire in Kashmir; villagers flee homes

Closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

BANGKOK (AP) — A temporary closure of air space over Pakistan snarled air traffic Thursday, especially between Asia and Europe, though some airlines adjusted by rerouting their flights. In Bangkok, an important and busy hub for transcontinental flights, thousands of travelers were stranded. Bangkok airport officials said over 4,000 travelers were affected. Those needing help … Continue reading Closure of Pakistan air space snarls flights across Asia

Pakistan says it downed 2 Indian warplanes, captured pilot

MUZAFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan’s air force shot down two Indian warplanes after they crossed the boundary between the two nuclear-armed rivals in the disputed territory of Kashmir on Wednesday and captured two Indian pilots, one of whom was injured, a military spokesman said. The dramatic escalation came hours after Pakistan said mortar shells fired … Continue reading Pakistan says it downed 2 Indian warplanes, captured pilot

Pakistan says it captured 2 Indian pilots from plane downed on its side of Kashmir: 1 is in hospital, other in custody

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan says it captured 2 Indian pilots from plane downed on its side of Kashmir: 1 is in hospital, other in custody. By Associated Press

Police say Indian mortar shells kills 6 civilians in Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police say mortar shells fired by Indian troops from across the frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir have struck homes, killing six civilians and wounding several others amid increasing tensions between the two South Asian nuclear rivals. Local police official Mohammad Altaf says six people, including children, were killed … Continue reading Police say Indian mortar shells kills 6 civilians in Kashmir

Tensions escalate as Indian airstrike hits inside Pakistan

BALAKOT, Pakistan (AP) — Tensions escalated sharply on the Asian subcontinent Tuesday with nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India trading accusations and warnings after a pre-dawn airstrike by India that New Delhi said targeted a terrorist training camp. Pakistan said there were no casualties, while New Delhi called the attack a pre-emptive strike that hit a … Continue reading Tensions escalate as Indian airstrike hits inside Pakistan

The Latest: Pakistan president: India creating ‘hysteria’

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on India-Pakistan tensions after New Delhi launches airstrike in Kashmir (all times local): 12:50 p.m. Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi says India has created “hysteria” in the wake of this month’s attack on Indian troops in the disputed Kashmir region. Addressing an international conference on media and conflict, Alvi on Tuesday … Continue reading The Latest: Pakistan president: India creating ‘hysteria’