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Police Say Woman Killed 6 Relatives Over 14 Years

Woman in India was motivated by greed, police say

(Newser) - India has been transfixed by a case involving an alleged serial killer with an incongruous name. Police say Jolly Thomas, 47, has admitted poisoning six relatives with cyanide over a 14-year period, the Guardian reports. She was present at the deaths of all six victims, who had consumed food or... More »

They Were Trying to Take a Selfie, but 4 Ended Up Dead

Teen slips underwater, dragging relatives with him

(Newser) - A horrifying story out of India, where family members trying to take a selfie at a dam ended up slipping into the water, resulting in four deaths. The dead include a 20-year-old newlywed bride and three of her relatives (different outlets report different ages). Her new husband, 25, survived and... More »

India Finds Its Lander on Moon

Vikram still isn't sending a signal

(Newser) - India's orbiter has found the missing Vikram lander on the moon's surface, but controllers have been unable to reestablish contact. The unmanned lander showed up on Chandrayaan-2's cameras Sunday, the Times of India reports; Vikram had gone silent as it attempted to land. The orbiter recorded a... More »

India's Leader Says Attempt at Moon Landing 'Was Worth It'

Controllers lost contact with lunar lander

(Newser) - "We came very close," Prime Minister Narendra Modi told India in an address Saturday after its attempt to safely put a spacecraft on the moon appears to have failed just before landing. "As important as the final result is the journey and the effort," Space.com... More »

Man Has Stroke Hours After 70-Something Wife Has Twins

'It is all in the hands of God,' new dad had said just after girls were born

(Newser) - For years, Mangayamma Yaramati and her husband deeply longed to have children, but they were never able to conceive—and in their village in India's Andhra Pradesh state, that was a dark mark against them. "They would call me a childless lady," the septuagenarian tells the BBC... More »

Indian Moon Mission That Much Closer to Touchdown

The landing module has separated from the orbiter

(Newser) - The landing module of India's unmanned moon mission separated from the orbiter on Monday ahead of its planned touchdown on the moon's south polar region this weekend, the space agency said. All the systems of orbiter and the lander are "healthy," the Indian Space Research Organization... More »

Mass Inside Teen Had Hair, Teeth, and Bone

Indian doctors diagnosed her with 'fetus in fetu'

(Newser) - About that lump in your abdomen—it was likely your unborn twin. So a teenager in India was told after surgeons removed "hairy cheesy material" from her abdomen two years ago, LiveScience reports. More precisely, the mass measuring 14 by 6 by 4 inches contained apparent ribs and vertebrae... More »

Cops: Son Asked for Jaguar, Pushed BMW He Got Into River

A police rep in India says it was reportedly the wrong birthday gift

(Newser) - And you thought your kids were ungrateful. CBS News spotted a mind-boggling story out of India, where a 22-year-old allegedly pushed his new BMW into a river because what he had really wanted for his birthday was a Jaguar. Or, at least, that's what a local police rep tells... More »

Uproar in Kashmir After India Takes 'Illegal Steps'

PM Narendra Modi revokes special status, cuts internet and phone services in restive region

(Newser) - India's government revoked disputed Kashmir's special status with a presidential order Monday as thousands of newly deployed troops arrived and internet and phone services were cut in the restive Himalayan region where most people oppose Indian rule. Home Minister Amit Shah announced the revocation amid an uproar in... More »

In Boy's Mouth: 526 Teeth, Like 'Pearls in an Oyster'

The 7-year-old in India now has a regular amount

(Newser) - A 7-year-old boy in India currently has 21 teeth. He used to have a whole lot more—another 526. The odd case began when the boy sought treatment for pain and swelling in his lower right jaw. An X-ray showed a teeth-filled sac, which one surgeon likened to a "... More »

India Is Banning 'Instant Divorce' for Muslims

Men had been allowed to end marriages by saying 'Divorce' three times

(Newser) - Indian lawmakers have approved a bill to end the Muslim practice of instant divorce, two years after the country's Supreme Court ruled that it violated the constitutional rights of Muslim women. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the bill's approval by the upper house of Parliament reflects the... More »

Founder of India's 'Starbucks' Found Dead in River

VG Siddhartha disappeared near bridge

(Newser) - Fishermen found the body of an Indian coffee shop chain owner in a river on Wednesday, two days after he disappeared , police said. The body of Cafe Coffee Day founder VG Siddhartha has been identified, police Commissioner Sandeep Patel said. He didn't give other details. An autopsy was being... More »

Man Who Founded India's Top Coffee Chain Is Missing

VG Siddhartha was last seen on a bridge Monday night

(Newser) - Café Coffee Day is to India what Starbucks is to America, making the disappearance of the company's founder major news. The Wall Street Journal reports the last known sighting of VG Siddhartha was Monday night after he reportedly parted ways with his driver near a bridge over the Netravati... More »

In 132 Villages, All Babies for Past 3 Months Have Been Boys

Suspicions of mass female feticide renewed in one district in India

(Newser) - Birth statistics in one district in India have left local officials "baffled," per NDTV , but others have a sneaking suspicion on just what's driving the oddity. The Independent reports government data shows that, over the past three months, all 216 newborns in 132 villages across Uttarkashi in... More »

Latest Outbreak of Tainted Alcohol Kills 19

Costa Rica has issued a national alert

(Newser) - Tainted alcohol has killed 19 people in Costa Rica since June. The 14 men and five women ranged in age from 32 to 72, and lived in several cities, CNN reports. The alcohol they drank contained toxic levels of methanol, and the Ministry of Health has now warned against several... More »

India Launches Landmark Moon Mission

It would be first to land on the south pole

(Newser) - Liftoff. India launched an unmanned rocket to the moon on Monday, a week after a last-minute technical glitch forced scientists there to abort the mission. If all goes well, this mission will be the first to land on the lunar south pole, reports the BBC . India will send down a... More »

Moon Mission Called Off With Only Minutes to Go

A 'technical snag' snarls the Chandrayaan-2

(Newser) - India aborted the launch on Monday of a spacecraft intended to land on the far side of the moon less than an hour before liftoff, the AP reports. The Chandrayaan-2 mission was called off when a "technical snag" was observed in the 640-ton, 14-story rocket launcher, Indian Space Research... More »

One of the Doomed Climbers Had a GoPro

'Black box video' of sorts suggests group triggered avalanche on Nanda Devi

(Newser) - Eight climbers traverse a snow ledge on an unclimbed peak of India's second-highest mountain, a bright sun shining down. Then the screen goes black. The footage released Monday, taken from a GoPro camera retrieved from the body of one of eight climbers who perished on Nanda Devi in May,... More »

They Went Looking for a Tiger. Then It Found Them

2 motorcycle riders got quite the scare in India

(Newser) - They found the tiger, all right. Two Forest Department officials sent to investigate a reported tiger sighting at India's Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary have produced hair-raising footage of a Bengal tiger briefly chasing their motorcycle. The tiger suddenly emerges from the jungle in the footage viewed more than 800,000... More »

If a Woman Succeeds Him, Dalai Lama Wants Outer Beauty

'Appearance is important,' spiritual leader says

(Newser) - The Dalai Lama isn't against a woman successor, but thinks she should be physically attractive. "If a female Dalai Lama comes, she should be more attractive," the Dalai Lama tells the BBC . Otherwise, he said, "People, I think prefer, not see her, that face." The... More »

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