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232 Teeth Removed From Boy's Head

Doctors to submit tooth count to Guinness Book of World Records

(Newser) - When doctors in India opened up a tumor in a teenager’s lower jaw on Monday, something unexpected happened. “Little pearl-like teeth started coming out, one by one. Initially, we were collecting them, they were really like small white pearls. But then we started to get tired. We counted... More »

Indian Teen Raped as Penalty for Brother's Actions

Village council ordered revenge rape in Jharkhand state: police

(Newser) - A girl has been raped in northern India after a village council ordered the crime as payback for her brother's actions, according to police and her family. The Wall Street Journal reports the teen's brother stands accused of trying to sexually assault the wife of Birju Pasi, with... More »

India to Exhume Bodies of Raped Teens for Autopsy

Murder of young cousins continues to reverberate

(Newser) - The pressure on India to make progress in the investigation of the gang-rape and hanging of two teenage cousins seems to be working. Police say they will exhume the bodies of the girls, ages 14 and 15, to conduct a more thorough autopsy, reports the BBC . It's a sea... More »

Tiger Snatches Fisherman From Boat in India

Son and daughter unable to fight it off with sticks

(Newser) - A man hunting illegally for crabs in a national park in India paid dearly for the transgression this week when a Bengal tiger snatched him from his boat and dragged him into the surrounding forest, reports the Odisha Sun Times . The body of 62-year-old Sushil Manjhi hasn't been found.... More »

MIT Student's Body Found in India

Kaitlin Goldstein fell off cliff while jogging on mountain trail

(Newser) - Her parents traveled to India to look for her. Her brother feared she’d been kidnapped. But Saturday—a week after she went missing—the body of Rhode Island native and MIT graduate student Kaitlin Goldstein, 28, was found in a ravine in India, the AP reports. Her parents say... More »

25% of India Turning to Desert

Desertification, degradation could threaten food security

(Newser) - Nearly a quarter of India's land is turning to desert thanks to over-use of land, heavy grazing, and changing rainfall patterns, says the country's environment minister. He warns "land is becoming barren," and notes that could threaten food security in a country that houses 17% of... More »

4th Woman Found Hanged From Tree in India

Women's security should be the priority: PM

(Newser) - First a string of rape stories , now a wave of similar stories alleged to end from the branch of a tree: A 19-year-old woman has been found hanging in a northern Indian village, and her family says she had been raped. The BBC calls it the fourth such crime in... More »

Dam Dumps Deadly 'Wall of Water' on Students

Dozens missing after hydropower station releases rush of water without warning

(Newser) - Rescuers in rafts and boats were searching a Himalayan river today for dozens of Indian students swept away when a dam released a rush of water without warning, and police said four bodies had been found. The 25 students from the southern city of Hyderabad had been taking photographs last... More »

Father of Gang Rape Victim Refuses State Payout

Demands federal inquiry in India into hanging of 2 teens

(Newser) - Police arrested a third suspect today in the gang rape and slaying of two teenage cousins found hanging from a tree in northern India. Authorities in Uttar Pradesh state, meanwhile, also arrested two police officers and fired two others for failing to investigate when the father of one of the... More »

Teen Cousins Gang-Raped, Hanged in India

Three have been arrested, including 2 police officers

(Newser) - Three men, including two police officers, have been arrested in northern India in connection with a horrific new instance of sexual violence: They're suspected of gang-raping and killing two teenage cousins before hanging the girls from a mango tree. Villagers found the bodies yesterday morning, hours after the two... More »

Disabled Boy Tied to Bus Stop Sparks Outrage

Photos shine spotlight on unpopular issue in India

(Newser) - Lakhan Kale's grandmother would tie him to something on the street before each work day and walk away. That's because 9-year-old Lakhan has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and no one else in Mumbai, India, would care for him, ABC News reports. Cringing? You're not alone: News photos... More »

At Least 40 Killed in India Train Crash

Station master disappears

(Newser) - An express train slammed into a parked freight train in northern India today, killing at least 40 people and reducing cars to a heap of torn and twisted metal, officials said. The Gorakhpur Express passenger train was traveling at high speed and slammed on its brakes in an attempt to... More »

Teen Dies While Trying to Take Selfie

Indian 16-year-old posed on train tracks

(Newser) - Apparently taking selfies in front of moving trains is now a thing—a thing that got a 16-year-old student from Kerala, India, killed Wednesday. Canadian Jared Frank may have become a YouTube sensation thanks to his video of getting kicked in the head when he tried the stunt in Peru—... More »

A Very Historic Win in World's Biggest Election

Hindu nationalist Modi will be India's next PM

(Newser) - India's opposition leader Narendra Modi and his party won national elections in a landslide today, driving the long-dominant Congress party out of power in the most commanding victory India has seen in more than a quarter century. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party captured a commanding lead for at... More »

Cousin in Disguise Shoots Bride as She Says Her Vows

Banker in India was lovestruck, refused to accept her marriage

(Newser) - In hindsight, the words "Just watch and wait" on his Facebook page may have been a warning. Disguised as a photographer, Anurag Singh, 31, walked into his cousin's wedding in India this week and shot her dead as she was saying her vows, the Daily Mail reports. Several... More »

A Tiny David Sues the World's Nuclear Goliaths

Marshall Islands call for justice in non-proliferation treaty

(Newser) - The world's nuclear powers are getting hauled into international court by a tiny challenger. The Marshall Islands are suing the nine nuke-equipped countries in nine cases in the Hague—though the case against the US was also filed in a San Francisco federal court, Reuters reports. The Islands hold... More »

Doctors Find Pound of Gold in Patient's Stomach

Smuggler in India swallowed 12 small bars, then didn't feel well

(Newser) - The patient exhibited symptoms of "acute intestinal obstruction." And it turns out they were caused by something he ate. Pretty routine stuff, until doctors in India discovered that what he had eaten was a pound of gold, reports the BBC . The 63-year-old businessman is believed to have swallowed... More »

India Recognizes a Third Gender

Transgender recognition a 'human rights issue': high court

(Newser) - In a major Supreme Court decision today, India is changing the way it defines gender. Transgender people are now officially considered a third gender, along with male and female, the Washington Post reports. "Recognition of transgenders as a third gender is not a social or medical issue but a... More »

815M Voters Begin World's Biggest Election

India's vast electorate goes to the polls in month-long exercise

(Newser) - An Indian electorate some 814.5 million strong is preparing to cast ballots in the world's biggest democratic election. Beginning in the northeast, the country will vote for its next leadership over the course of several weeks, with polls closing May 12, the New York Times reports. The vote... More »

India Is Free of Polio

It has no new cases in 3 years, says WHO

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has declared India free of polio after three years of no new cases—meaning 80% of the world is now free of the virus. Progress has been steady since a vaccination campaign began among children in 1995, but India's vast population made eradication a constant... More »

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