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Thousands light up joints during Hindu festival in Nepal

By BINAJ GURUBACHARYA | February 21, 2020

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hindu holy men were joined by devotees and the public Friday at a revered temple in Kathmandu where they lit up marijuana cigarettes during an annual festival despite prohibition and warnings by authorities.Hundreds of police...

India takes foreign envoys to disputed Kashmir

By SHAH ABBAS | February 12, 2020

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — India took more than 20 foreign diplomats on a visit to disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, the second such trip since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government stripped the region of its semi-autonomous status...

New Delhi votes with Modi’s popularity on the line

By ASHOK SHARMA and AIJAZ HUSSAIN | February 8, 2020

NEW DELHI (AP) — Residents of India's capital voted Saturday in a crucial state election in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party sought to regain power after a 22-year gap and major victories in a national vote.About 57% of...

Poll pitch for India’s capital plays up growing divisions

By SHEIKH SAALIQ and AIJAZ HUSSAIN | February 7, 2020

NEW DELHI (AP) — Campaigning for a crucial state election in India's capital has reached a fever pitch as members of the Hindu nationalist-led government call for violence against minority Muslims and invoke the specter of arch-nemesis Pakistan to reverse...

Modi says Indian Muslims had nothing to fear in new law

By ASHOK SHARMA | February 6, 2020

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament on Thursday that Indian Muslims had nothing to fear from a new citizenship law and accused opposition parties of toeing rival Pakistan's propaganda to create fear.Modi said the Congress and other opposition...