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Woman Discovers Kidney Was Removed, Accuses Husband

Wife says she thought she was having appendicitis surgery

(Newser) - An Indian man is in police custody after allegedly stealing one of his wife's kidneys to serve as a dowry. When she complained of stomach pain two years ago, Rita Sarkar, 28, says her husband arranged a visit to a private nursing home in Kolkata, where the couple stayed... More »

'It's a Whodunit, and We Don't have the Answer'

Stone tools in India suggest earlier human exit from Africa, maybe

(Newser) - Just a week after scientists reported evidence that our species left Africa earlier than we thought, another discovery is suggesting the date might be pushed back further. Homo sapiens arose in Africa at least 300,000 years ago and left to colonize the globe. Scientists think there were several dispersals... More »

India's 'Good Morning' Texts Have Become a Real Problem

The files are filling up everyone's phones

(Newser) - Two little words are causing a big headache for smartphone users in India: "good morning." That's because so many folks in the country of over 1.3 billion people are sending happy little photos that bear the message to so many of the people they care about.... More »

Rock Art Dating Back Millennia May Be More Than Just Art

Painting found in India could be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) sky charts ever found

(Newser) - We can't exactly chat with ancient humans about their lives, but their art gives us glimpses, and a new find in India sheds literal light on a cosmic event they may have witnessed. Quartz cites a new study in the Indian Journal of History of Science in which scientists... More »

Cops: Wife's Wild Murder Cover-Up Foiled by Soup

India's Swati Reddy was allegedly inspired by a movie

(Newser) - It's a tale of murder fit for the movies—which is just where Swati Reddy allegedly got her inspiration. Police in southern India say the 27-year-old nurse killed her husband, then poured acid on the face of her lover in an effort to pass him off as her spouse.... More »

Infant Twin Wakes on Way to His Funeral

Family in India noticed 'dead' baby moving in bag in a case of 'shocking criminal negligence'

(Newser) - Police are on the case of an upscale New Delhi hospital for what the Times of India calls a "shocking case of negligence" after a premature newborn was declared dead, then later discovered by his parents to be alive on the way to his funeral. The BBC and the... More »

A Midflight Discovery by Wife, Then ... Chaos

Angry woman got flight diverted after finding out about husband's alleged affair

(Newser) - Pro tip: If you're going to investigate your husband's phone on the suspicion he may be cheating on you, maybe don't do it while thousands of feet in the air. A woman—who, authorities say, had had a few drinks—on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha,... More »

Cop, Wife Arrested—for Allegedly Cheating on a Test

Safeer Karim was attempting to enter India's civil service

(Newser) - A police officer hoping for a new career in India's civil services was arrested Monday after allegedly cheating on an examination with the help of his wife and a whole host of gadgets, the Hindustan Times reports. Safeer Karim's alleged cheating was especially surprising as, per NDTV , he... More »

2 Guilty in High-Profile Case of Girl, 10, Who Gave Birth

Both uncles were convicted of raping their niece

(Newser) - It was an unforeseen twist in a highly publicized case that had seemed to be at its end: DNA results showed in September that a 10-year-old girl in Chandigarh, India—who was pregnant via rape, not permitted to abort, and in August gave birth —was not impregnated by... More »

This Kills More People Than War, AIDS, or Smoking

Pollution, responsible for 9M premature deaths in 2015: study

(Newser) - Environmental pollution—from filthy air to contaminated water—is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger, or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined, reports the AP . One out of every six premature deaths in the world in... More »

169 Restaurants Look, Taste Like McDonald's. They Aren't

McDonald's Indian partner refuses to close franchises

(Newser) - McDonald's has an unusual problem in India: It recently severed ties with a partner that helped bring the Golden Arches to the nation, but now that company refuses to stop selling McDonald's food under the McDonald's name. In all, about 170 restaurants have "gone rogue,"... More »

Zookeeper Mauled to Death by Tiger Cubs

It's not the first attack on a worker at the zoo in India

(Newser) - A pair of white tiger cubs in India fatally mauled a zookeeper who had been on the job for only a week, the Times of India reports. The keeper, who goes by just Anji, 41, was pinned by the cubs on Saturday after entering their enclosure. He was herding the... More »

Falling Concrete Caused Panic, Then a Deadly Stampede

22 lost their lives on Indian pedestrian bridge

(Newser) - A stampede broke out on a crowded pedestrian bridge connecting two railway stations in Mumbai during the Friday morning rush, and at least 22 people were killed in the crush while another 27 were injured, officials say. When falling concrete hit the bridge railing, people in the crowd thought the... More »

Indian Judge in Rape Case: 'No' Doesn't Always Mean No

Judge overturns rape conviction

(Newser) - An Indian film director who was convicted of raping an American postgraduate student has had his conviction overturned after an Indian judge found that "a feeble no may mean a yes." Justice Ashutosh Kumar made his ruling Monday, noting that a weak no is especially indicative of a... More »

Indian Lawmaker: Jail Couples Over PDAs

Member of parliament says 'vulgar' displays should be outlawed

(Newser) - There's not being a fan of PDAs, and then there's this guy: A lawmaker in India wants overly affectionate couples jailed. Sakshi Maharaj, a member of parliament, complained to reporters about seeing too many gropey couples out in public, reports the Times of India . "They hug each... More »

Earliest Known Use of Zero Found by Farmer in Pakistan

The Bakhshali manuscript dates to the 3rd or 4th century

(Newser) - When it comes to mathematics, zero is not nothing. And thanks to new research and some carbon dating, we now know "zero" as we know it was invented a whole lot earlier than we thought. "Today we take it for granted that the concept of zero is used... More »

Unforeseen Twist in Case of 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

DNA shows newborn is not child of uncle who allegedly raped girl

(Newser) - An unforeseen twist in a highly publicized case that had seemed to be at its end: The DNA results show that a 10-year-old girl in India—who was pregnant via rape, not permitted to abort , and in August gave birth —was not impregnated by her uncle, as has been... More »

Cops: Couple Flew 8K Miles to Beat Son's Wife in Florida

Police say Silky Gaind was found covered in bruises

(Newser) - Police in Florida say a couple from Punjab, India, flew what the BBC reports was 8,000 miles to Florida in order to help their son "counsel and discipline" his wife. The woman, Silky Gaind, was allegedly held captive—along with her 1-year-old daughter—and beaten by the trio.... More »

Devastating Images of Deadly Flooding Across the Sea

Nearly 1K killed in Nepal, India, Bangladesh

(Newser) - Harvey is getting its proper attention in the US, but another devastating flood is unfolding in a different part of the world. Monsoon rains have triggered flooding and mudslides that have left more than 950 people dead in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh, reports the AP . In all, about 40... More »

India, China Pull Back Troops in Tense Himalayan Standoff

But fate of controversial road being built by China is unclear

(Newser) - India and China have agreed to pull back their troops from a monthslong face-off in the high Himalayas where China, India, and Bhutan meet, per the AP . India's Ministry of External Affairs said the two nuclear-armed nations have agreed to "go back to the status quo" before the... More »

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