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October 14, 2018 11:18 PM Boeing 737 flies into brick wall — and just keeps going

An Air India pilot flew a Boeing 737 through a brick wall Friday. Incredibly, that marked the beginning of its journey and not the end. The jet not only clobbered the top of a five-foot perimeter wall but also destroyed a small landing guide tower as it climbed out of Tiruchirappalli International Airport in Tamil Nadu, India, shortly after midnight 10

October 11, 2018 12:44 PM Severe cyclone hits eastern India; 8 killed

GOPALPUR, INDIA — A severe cyclone damaged homes and blew down trees and power poles Thursday in eastern India, where eight people were killed and about 300,000 forced to move to higher ground. Cyclone Titli, or Butterfly, had winds blowing up to 150 kilometres per hour (95 mph) when it came onshore, the India Meteorological Department said. It spread 10

October 6, 2018 3:57 PM 20 killed as overcrowded minibus falls into gorge in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, INDIA—At least 20 people were killed and 16 others injured on Saturday when an overcrowded minibus fell into a deep gorge along a mountainous road in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. The 22-seat minibus was carrying at least 36 passengers when it plunged off a Himalayan mountain road near southern Ramban town, said police officer Anita 11

September 30, 2018 2:19 AM Maldives confirms Ibrahim Mohamed Solih as president-elect

Solih, 56, was a democracy activist during decades of autocratic rule in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation and a former parliamentary majority leader. He became the Maldivian Democratic Party’s presidential candidate after its other top figures were jailed or exiled by Yameen’s government. Party leader and former president Mohamed Nasheed, in exile 9

September 28, 2018 12:56 PM India’s top court lifts temple’s ban on women who menstruate

NEW DELHI—India’s Supreme Court on Friday lifted a temple’s ban on women of menstruating age, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender. The historic Sabarimala temple had barred women age 10 to 50 from entering the temple, one of the largest Hindu pilgrimage centres in the world. Some religious figures consider menstruating women 11

September 19, 2018 4:00 PM North and South Korean planning joint bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

The International Olympic Committee traditionally does not announce host cities until seven years ahead of the games. That would give the Koreas until 2025 to put together a joint bid. Germany, with a multi-city bid, Brisbane, Australia and Jakarta, Indonesia are among those who have indicated they would bid for the 2032 Games. The India Olympic Committee 8

September 6, 2018 9:49 AM India decriminalizes homosexual acts in landmark verdict for world’s largest democracy

In its ruling Thursday, the court said it must protect an individual’s right to live with dignity as a fundamental right. The justices termed sexual orientation as a “biological phenomenon” and said any discrimination on this ground violated fundamental rights. Chief Justice Dipak Misra said the denial of self-expression was akin to inviting death, the Press 20

September 5, 2018 6:26 PM India looking for statement retraction after Harvard professor calls coconut oil ‘pure poison’

NEW DELHI—When epidemiologist Karin Michels of Harvard University gave a lecture on nutrition in Germany this summer, she probably did not expect to set off an international incident. But after she called coconut oil “pure poison” and “one of the worst foods you can eat,” India decided to fire back. The comments by Michels sparked a mix of outrage and incredulity 21

August 23, 2018 1:00 PM India’s decision to decline foreign aid for flood relief draws criticism

NEW DELHI—A political battle is brewing in flood-ravaged south India, with the ruling party in Kerala state protesting the central government’s refusal to accept $100 million (U.S.) in relief offered by foreign governments. “It is only natural for nations to help each other,” said Kerala’s top elected official, Pinyari Vijayan, as residents waded into the immense 16

August 22, 2018 12:29 PM Aid workers in India warn scale of flood damage unclear

KOCHI, INDIA—The people of the flood-battered Indian state of Kerala are “in a great struggle to rebuild their lives,” the state’s top official said Wednesday, as aid workers warned it could take days before the full scope of the destruction is clear. Though rains have stopped over the past three days and floodwaters are receding, vast swaths of the tropical 14