Three U.N. peacekeepers from India killed in South Sudan

Dec 20, 2013

Three U.N. peacekeepers from India killed in South Sudan

Less than three years after its creation, the world’s newest country is beginning to fracture along ethnic lines in violence that has killed hundreds of people, including three U.N. peacekeepers. What could come next, some warn, is ethnic cleansing. South Sudan’s numerous ethnic groups ...

Strip search puts strain on India-U.S. ties

Dec 19, 2013

Strip search puts strain on India-U.S. ties

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry expressed his regret to India over the arrest and strip search of a consular official in New York as he sought to calm a row over the incident Wednesday. Kerry phoned Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon to ...

Dec 17, 2013

Hitachi angling to land deals for shinkansen systems in India

Hitachi Ltd. has set up an in-house company for marketing and procurement in a bid to win supply contracts related to shinkansen systems in India, Hitachi Executive Vice President Junzo Nakajima said in an interview. With a staff of some 10 employees, the in-house ...

Dec 16, 2013

Indian state approves bill against religious charlatans

Witch doctors and religious charlatans beware: New legislation passed in a central Indian state aims to prosecute those who use beliefs and superstition to defraud or physically harm followers. Maharashtra became the first state to pass such legislation in multicultural and secular India, where ...

India gang rapes rise despite growing awareness

| Dec 16, 2013

India gang rapes rise despite growing awareness

The chauffeur’s boss was out of town, so the driver called a friend and said “Let’s have some fun” — which police say meant finding a woman to rape. Hopping into a luxury car, the two soon spotted their victim — a young software ...

Indian gay activists protest supreme court sex ruling

Dec 15, 2013

Indian gay activists protest supreme court sex ruling

Hundreds of gay rights activists gathered in India’s capital and other cities across the country on Sunday to protest a decision by India’s top court to uphold a law that criminalizes gay sex. India’s Supreme Court last week reversed a landmark 2009 lower court ...

India government likely to review anti-gay sex law

Dec 12, 2013

India government likely to review anti-gay sex law

India’s law minister said Thursday the government has not abandoned efforts to make homosexuality legal, saying the country must take swift action to challenge a Supreme Court decision banning same-sex relations. The minister, Kapil Sibal, said he was for decriminalizing homosexuality, hinting that the ...

Indian Supreme Court upholds anti-gay sex law

Dec 11, 2013

Indian Supreme Court upholds anti-gay sex law

The Indian Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India’s deeply conservative society. The judges said only lawmakers and ...

Dec 10, 2013

India-Pakistan nuke war would prove apocalyptic

A nuclear war between India and Pakistan would set off a global famine that could kill 2 billion people and effectively end human civilization, a study said Tuesday. Even if limited in scope, a conflict with nuclear weapons would wreak havoc in the atmosphere ...