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Hindu hardliners block Indian temple to women

- Hindu hardliners blocked intersections, threatened drivers, threw stones at buses and ordered a 12-hour strike on Thursday to successfully bar women from one of India's holiest temples for a second day.

Indian minister in #MeToo storm quits

New Delhi - India's fledgling #MeToo movement claimed its highest-profile scalp to date on Wednesday as a government minister and veteran editor quit after at least 20 women accused him of sexual harassment.M.J.

Shootout near Kashmir Muslim shrine leaves four dead

Srinagar - A firefight near a 14th century Muslim shrine killed at least four in the Kashmir capital Wednesday and sparked protests in the city, police said.

Clashes as Hindu hardliners block women from Indian temple

Mundamveli - Clashes erupted on Wednesday as Hindu hardliners prevented women visiting one of India's most sacred temples, with baton-waving police charging stone-throwing protesters.

Tensions high as Indian temple opens to women

Kochi - Hundreds of extra police in southern India were on high alert Wednesday for the scheduled opening to women of all ages of one of the country's most sacred Hindu temples.

Police on high alert ahead of Indian temple opening to women

New Delhi - India deployed hundreds of police Tuesday in southern Kerala state where protesters have threatened to stop women from entering a Hindu temple, despite a court ruling they can pray there.

Air India jet hits wall on takeoff

New Delhi - Air India on Friday grounded two pilots after one of its jets carrying 136 people hit an airport perimeter wall on takeoff and then flew for almost four hours with a damaged body, officials said.

#MeToo gathers steam in India, at last

Mumbai - The year-old #MeToo movement has long failed to take root in India, but a Bollywood actress's accusations of sexual harassment appear to be emboldening women to speak out at last.

State polls pose India's Modi regional test before reelection bid

New Delhi - Poll dates were announced for five Indian states by the country's election commission Saturday, opening a long election season that will present Prime Minister Narendra Modi a regional test ahead of his national reelection bid in 2019.

Hugs as Putin clinches India defence deal

New Delhi - Russia and India's leaders announced on Friday a raft of deals worth billions of dollars including for a military defence system, as New Delhi walks a tightrope between Moscow and Washington with a wary eye on China.

Putin talks arms, nuclear deals in India

New Delhi - President Vladimir Putin was expected Friday to sign a deal in India worth more than $5 billion for the S-400 air defence system, despite US warnings of sanctions against countries buying Russian military hardware.

India deports seven Rohingya to Myanmar despite UN protest

Guwahati - India on Thursday deported seven Rohingya to Myanmar, despite UN warnings that the men faced persecution in a country where the army is accused of genocide against the Muslim minority.

US, Chinese unease as Putin seeks India arms deals

New Delhi - Russian President Vladimir Putin headed for India on Thursday looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, likely irking the US, China and Pakistan in one fell swoop.

US, China look on as Putin seeks India arms deals

New Delhi - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in India on Thursday looking to tie up billions of dollars in arms deals with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, likely irking the US, China and Pakistan in one fell swoop.

An Indian village's fight to take the 'poo to the loo'

- Indian farmer Kokila Damor always looked forward to visiting the city hospital, but only so that she could use its toilet.

London, New York property of Indian celebrity jeweller seized

New Delhi - Indian authorities Monday said they have seized assets of fugitive billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi worth some $87 million, piling pressure on one of the main suspects in a $1.8-billion fraud at a major state-run bank.

India court rules temple must allow all women entry

New Delhi - India's top court on Friday revoked a ban on women entering a famous Hindu temple following a decades-long legal battle, ruling that patriarchy cannot be allowed to trump faith.

Adultery no longer a crime in India

New Delhi - Adultery is no longer a crime, India's top court ruled Thursday, declaring a colonial-era law that punished the offence with jail time unconstitutional and discriminatory against women.

Six dead in Kashmir violence ahead of polls: Indian officials

Srinagar - Six people were killed in mounting violence ahead of local elections in Kashmir as Indian authorities imposed a curfew and suspended mobile internet services in the disputed territory on Thursday.

India's top court rules adultery no longer a crime

New Delhi - Adultery is no longer a crime, India's top court ruled Thursday, declaring a colonial-era law that punished the offence with jail time unconstitutional and discriminatory against women.
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