CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Several of those killed or wounded in the shooting rampage at two New Zealand mosques on Friday were from the Middle East or South Asia, according to initial...
The Latest: China urges restraint from both Pakistan, India
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Latest on India-Pakistan tensions after New Delhi launches airstrike in Kashmir (all times local):
Deadly Bangladesh fire shows lapses in development
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A fire in Bangladesh that killed at least 67 people in the oldest part of the capital shows the lapses in public safety that still plague the South Asian country despite...
Pakistan says Saudi prince to visit, sign investment deals
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan said Wednesday that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will arrive in Islamabad later this week on an official visit that is expected to include the signing of agreements for billions of dollars of investment in the South Asian country.
Sri Lanka seeks $1 billion loan from China amid debt woes
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is negotiating a $1 billion loan from China to construct a highway linking the capital Colombo to the hilly resort city of Kandy, even as the heavily-indebted South Asian island nation makes arrangements to pay down $5.9 billion in foreign loans this year.
Finance Ministry spokesman M.R. Hasan said Saturday that he's waiting to hear whether terms of the loan for the highway project have been approved.
India striker overtakes Messi in national team scoring
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — His name is being mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, even though it's a name few soccer fans are familiar with.
By scoring two goals in his first match at this year's Asian Cup, India striker Sunil Chhetri displaced Messi as the second-most prolific scorer in national team soccer. He now has scored 67 times for his country, trailing only Ronaldo's 85.
AP PHOTOS: Election Day in 600-year-old Bangladesh city
PANAM NAGAR, Bangladesh (AP) — Voters in Bangladesh went to the polls Sunday in the densely populated South Asian nation's 11th general election to determine whether to give Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's Awami League party a third consecutive term or hand the reins to a loose coalition of opposition parties in the hopes of change.
Promising growth, Bangladesh’s iron lady seeks re-election
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is poised to win a record fourth term in Sunday's elections, drumming up support by promising a development bonanza as her critics question if the South Asian nation's tremendous economic success has come at the expense of its already fragile democracy.
Bangladesh opposition leader’s motorcade allegedly attacked
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Supporters of Bangladesh's ruling Awami League party led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina allegedly attacked an opposition leader's motorcade on Friday as it returned from a function in the nation's capital ahead of Dec. 30 elections, the latest show of the violence that frequently accompanies polling in the South Asian nation.
Himalayan nation Nepal gets first modern train tracks
JANAKPUR, Nepal (AP) — The competition between two Asian giants, India and China, for influence over tiny Nepal is yielding a bonanza in the form of the Himalayan mountain nation's first modern railway — and possibly more to come.
New shiny rails connecting the 34 kilometers (21 miles) between Janakpur in southeastern Nepal and Jay Nagar in the Indian state of Bihar are raising hopes for more business and pilgrimages.
Bangladesh frees photographer facing charges of propaganda
DHAKA,Bangladesh (AP) — An acclaimed photographer has been released from a jail in Bangladesh more than three months after he was arrested on charges of spreading false information about a street protest and propaganda against the government of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
Chaotic Sri Lankan Parliament rejects president’s chosen PM
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's Parliament passed a no-confidence vote against the government headed by the hastily sworn-in and bitterly disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, as lawmakers convened Wednesday for the first time since the president dismissed his Cabinet and suspended the legislature last month.
AP Explains: The latest in Sri Lanka’s political crisis
NEW DELHI (AP) — Sri Lanka is in the midst of a political crisis set off by the president's decisions to remove the South Asian island nation's prime minister, dissolve Parliament and call snap...
Rivals China, India cautiously watch Sri Lankan crisis
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — China and India are closely watching the constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, which has been a battleground in their struggle for geopolitical supremacy in South Asia.
Chinese and Indian diplomats have been careful not to overtly take sides in the political turmoil, which has seen President Maithripala Sirisena oust Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, replace him with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, and suspend Parliament.
Sri Lanka president summons Parliament amid political crisis
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president issued an order Sunday for Parliament to reconvene on Nov. 14, when lawmakers will get the chance to hold a confidence vote on the nation's former strongman who has been named prime minister.
The announcement made in a decree comes amid a political crisis in the South Asian island nation sparked when President Maithripala Sirisena dismissed Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his Cabinet and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa last month.
AP Explains: How Sri Lanka plunged into political crisis
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is in a constitutional stalemate, torn between two leaders who both claim to be its legitimate prime minister. President Maithripala Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and dissolved his Cabinet on Friday, abruptly ending a strained coalition government between two traditionally opposed political parties. Former strongman President Mahinda Rajapaksa was sworn in as the new prime minister and Parliament was suspended, sowing economic and political uncertainty in the South Asian island nation. A look at Sri Lanka and the origins of its ongoing political crisis:
Events in Sri Lankan politics leading up to current crisis
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena dissolved his Cabinet, replacing Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa and plunging the South Asia island nation into a constitutional crisis.
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Sri Lanka’s crisis deepens as president suspends Parliament
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's president suspended Parliament even as the prime minister he fired the previous day claimed he has majority support, adding to a growing political crisis in the South Asian island nation.
Sri Lanka president sacks prime minister, appoints strongman
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena sacked the country's prime minister and his Cabinet and replaced him with a former strongman, creating what some observers said could be a constitutional crisis in the South Asian island nation.
The prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, told reporters Friday that he had no intention of leaving his post. "I have the majority. I will function as the prime minister. I will remain as the prime minister," he said.
Center-left party to rule Bhutan after elections victory
NEW DELHI (AP) — The center-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party has won the most seats in Parliamentary elections in Bhutan, a South Asian country in the eastern Himalayan mountain range with a population of around 800,000 people.
The Election Commission of Bhutan says the party had won 30 National Assembly seats and the Druk Phuensum Tshogpa party had secured 17 seats in Oct. 18 elections.
The commission says that turnout was about 71 percent with about 313,000 eligible voters casting a ballot.
Child hunger ‘serious’ in India while its economy grows fast
NEW DELHI (AP) — A global hunger index has been released showing about 20 percent of Indian children under age 5 suffer from acute under-nutrition in the same week the International Monetary Fund projected India to be the world's fastest-growing economy, exposing stark contrasts in the South Asian country.
AP Photos: The Maldives opposition’s surprise election win
MALE, Maldives (AP) — The surprise victory of opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih in the Maldives' third multiparty presidential election will shake up politics in the Indian Ocean archipelago.
Maldives’ president concedes loss to opposition candidate
MALE, Maldives (AP) — Maldives strongman President Yameen Abdul Gayoom conceded that he lost Sunday's election to his challenger, longtime lawmaker Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, in a speech broadcast live on television Monday.
Speaking in the Maldives' native language, Dhivehi, Yameen congratulated Solih and said, "I know I have to step down now."
Calm opposition leader wins Maldives presidency amid storm
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the president-elect of the Maldives, spent his youth marching in the streets for democracy. He was elected to Parliament at age 32 as an independent candidate, helping to draw up a new constitution. But unlike other reformers of his generation, Solih was never sidelined by a prison sentence or political exile, a fact that propelled him into the role of the opposition party's standard-bearer.
AP Explains: Why elections hold key for Maldives’ future
NEW DELHI (AP) — The Maldives is holding its third multiparty presidential election on Sunday. The Indian Ocean nation of 400,000 has been rife with political turmoil since democracy was introduced just a decade ago.
On trip to Pakistan, Pompeo seeks ‘reset’ in strained ties
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he wants to "reset" strained relations with Pakistan when he travels to the South Asian nation Wednesday and meets with its new prime minister.
Pompeo will meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan, a longtime critic of the U.S., and powerful army chief Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa. Pompeo will be accompanied by Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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South Asian, Southeast Asian leaders discuss closer ties
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Leaders of seven South Asian and Southeast Asian nations are meeting in Nepal to discuss regional trade, economic cooperation, security and peace.
The two-day summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation began Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal's capital. It groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Pakistan’s new PM proposes dialogue with India
ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's newly-elected prime minister on Tuesday offered to start a dialogue with India to resolve long-running disputes between the two nuclear-armed rivals, including over the Kashmir region.
Imran Khan, a former cricket star who was sworn in last week, tweeted that the two countries should focus on alleviating poverty in South Asia by pursuing new trade agreements.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Khan after his swearing-in and expressed a desire for talks.
Indians gather as former premier Vajpayee is cremated
NEW DELHI (AP) — Thousands of Indians gathered Friday as the funeral pyre was lit for former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, a Hindu nationalist who was respected across the political spectrum.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the mourners who walked under a hot sun behind a flower-decked gun carriage carrying Vajpayee's body to a cremation ground on the banks of the Yamuna river.
Vajpayee, both a poet and a politician, died Thursday at age 93 in a New Delhi hospital.
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Police in Bangladesh's capital fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse hundreds of demonstrating students, while a prominent human rights group demanded the release of an activist arrested for criticizing the government during more than a week of protests.
Taliban official says group spoke with US official
ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Taliban held their first direct contact with a U.S. official in a preliminary discussion about future peace talks on Afghanistan, a senior official with the insurgent group said Saturday. It marked one of the most significant developments amid efforts to find a negotiated end to the country's protracted war.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is calling for "sustained and decisive steps" by Pakistan to bring Taliban leaders to the negotiating table with the Afghan government.
The militant group has resumed attacks after respecting a brief cease-fire last month.
ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has spoken by phone with Pakistan's army chief to discuss political reconciliation in Afghanistan and other issues.
A statement released by State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert says Pompeo and Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa discussed ways to advance U.S.-Pakistani bilateral relations, the need for political reconciliation in Afghanistan and the importance of targeting all militant and terrorist groups in South Asia without distinction.
Indian Prime Minister Modi begins visit to Nepal
KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi began a two-day visit to Nepal on Friday as the two South Asian nations work to improve relations that were strained over Indian-backed ethnic protests in Nepal in 2015.
Modi first flew to Janakpur in southern Nepal, where he prayed at a revered Hindu temple and addressed a public rally, before heading to the capital, Kathmandu, for official meetings.
Nepal's Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli flew to Janakpur to welcome Modi.
STAMFORD — On Saturday, attendees of Ekal Connecticut’s annual Charity Fundraiser enjoyed the sounds, dances and cuisine of India benefit the education of people living in rural areas of the South Asian country.
STAMFORD — The sounds, dances and cuisine of India will be coming to the city to benefit the education of people living in rural areas of the South Asian country.
The Ekal Connecticut chapter is throwing its annual Ekal Charity Fundraiser at 5 p.m. Saturday at Rogers International School.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The music of a prolific Indian artist debuts in Western musical notation with the help of University of Michigan, an Ann Arbor high school orchestra and a Fulbright scholar from the South Asian nation.
The 1947 partition of South Asia marks a pivotal moment in world history and for thousands of Punjabi-Americans in Yuba-Sutter, who can trace their lineage to the West Punjab region, what is now Pakistan. That history has a direct connection to how their lives were shaped.
Qatar World Cup organizers say migrant workers building stadiums will receive more than $5 million in compensation after recruitment fees were demanded to secure employment in the Gulf nation.
The announcement highlights ongoing concerns about the exploitation of workers, many of them drawn from South Asian nations including India and Nepal, who are relied on to prepare Qatar for the FIFA tournament in 2022.
Pittsburgh South Asian Bridal Show features foods, fashions and traditions
Divine Celebrations will produce the sixth annual South Asian Bridal Show from 1 to 5 p.m. March 11 at the Hyatt Hotel Airport.
US offers $5M reward for Pakistan Taliban leader
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has offered a $5 million reward for information on Pakistani Taliban leader Mullah Fazlullah in the latest U.S. effort to pressure militants in the South Asian nation.
The announcement came a day after Fazlullah's son was reported killed in a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan.
NEW DELHI (AP) — A significant fall in the number of child marriages in South Asia has helped reduced the rate of marriage for girls globally, the U.N. children's agency said Tuesday.
More educational opportunities for young girls, government investments in adolescent girls and strong advocacy about the illegality of child marriage saw 25 million fewer child marriages in the last decade.
Refugees, human displacement dominate major Indian art fair
NEW DELHI (AP) — As you enter the maze, painted panels with portraits of suffering refugees line your path. The sound of crashing waves fills your ears. Light flickers.
This is "The Flow," an art installation by New Delhi-based artist Subba Ghosh, a work inspired by the world's ongoing refugee crisis, and the millions of people driven from their homes by conflict and poverty.
UN experts: Al-Qaida greater threat than IS in some places
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Al-Qaida's global network remains "remarkably resilient" and poses a greater threat than the Islamic State extremist group in several regions, including Yemen and Somalia, U.N. experts say.
The panel of experts monitoring sanctions against both groups said in a report to the U.N. Security Council, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, that al-Qaida affiliates also "remain a threat at least as serious" as IS in West Africa and South Asia.
Taliban with Pakistan links put on US terror blacklist
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday designated as global terrorists six individuals accused of supporting the Taliban and Haqqani network in Afghanistan, and stressed their links to Pakistan.
Arundhati Roys debut, The God of Small Things winner of the 1998 Man Booker Prize and a runaway bestseller in the United States spearheaded a wave of brilliant South Asian literature that has found a passionate audience here. Last years The Ministry of Utmost Happiness, only Roys second novel, is a sprawling, unwieldy masterpiece whose very structure mirrors the tangled webs of India itself.