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New Delhi Burns Amid Worst Riots in Decades

At least 20 killed as Hindus, Muslims clash

(Newser) - At least 20 people in New Delhi, including one police officer, have been killed in three days of clashes between Hindus and Muslims coinciding with President Trump's visit to India. Authorities say nearly 200 people have been injured and the death toll is expected to rise as hospitals continue... More »

Trump, Familiar Foe Go At It in India

President, CNN's Jim Acosta spar in front of the world during news conference

(Newser) - Different continent, familiar result. President Trump's news conference in India on Tuesday featured a one-on-one spat with Jim Acosta of CNN, reports Mediaite . The two have sparred before , and Acosta even once temporarily lost his White House press pass. On Tuesday, Acosta asked Trump if he would pledge that... More »

Trump Greets His Largest Crowd Ever

100K packed stadium during India visit

(Newser) - Basking in adulation from a massive, colorful crowd, President Trump and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi lavished each other with praise Monday in a reaffirmation of US-India ties as the subcontinent poured on the pageantry. More than 100,000 people packed into the world's largest cricket stadium in... More »

On This Trip, Trump Expects a King's Welcome

The president flies off to India

(Newser) - It was the Trumpiest of offers: A rally at one of the world's largest stadiums. President Trump's packed two-day visit to India promises the kind of welcome that has eluded him on many foreign trips, some of which have featured massive protests and icy handshakes from world leaders,... More »

Nation Makes Stunning Gold Find. Or Does It?

Reports out of India are a little confusing

(Newser) - India has hit a gold motherlode of over 3,000 tons across multiple mines, worth about $167 billion—or it hasn't. Take your pick, based on the media report. The Deccan Herald and Hindustan Times are among outlets reporting that the Geological Survey of India (GSI), a federal mining... More »

Some Displeasure After Wall Is Built Before Trump Visit

Residents of the India slum behind the wall aren't happy about it

(Newser) - A 1,640-foot brick wall has been hastily erected in India's Gujarat state ahead of a visit by President Trump, with critics saying it was built to block the view of a slum area inhabited by more than 2,000 people. Trump is visiting the city of Ahmedabad in... More »

'Smelly, Brown Liquid' Coming From Taps Is a Shocker

(Newser) - A "smelly, brown liquid" poured out of the faucets of an apartment building in southern India on Monday. So why is it international news, and why were the residents "bemused," as the BBC puts it? Because the liquid wasn't just water but a combination of water,... More »

Cops: 5-Year-Old Girl Is Raped on US Embassy Grounds

Suspect is her 25-year-old neighbor in New Delhi, India

(Newser) - Officials at the US embassy in India are "deeply disturbed" by a new allegation—the rape of a 5-year-old girl on embassy grounds in New Delhi on Saturday, reports CBS News . Police have arrested a suspect, a 25-year-old man who lives in the area of the embassy compound that... More »

8-Year-Old Climate Activist's Twitter Account Suspended

Move came after Licypriya Kangujam complained about being called 'Greta of India'

(Newser) - Licypriya Kangujam may be a young climate activist, but the 8-year-old is not "the Greta Thunberg of India." And after she pointed that out, she says, Twitter suspended her account. As the Daily Dot reports, the problems apparently started after Kangujam posted a series of tweets complaining about... More »

Leila Janah Dies; Companies Hired Thousands of the Poor

Entrepreneur tapped world's 'biggest untapped resource'

(Newser) - "Let’s build an export industry but only for poor women," Leila Janah said on a trip to West Africa, after seeing people growing nuts that can be used in skin-care products. "We can solve poverty while also making our skin better." That led to projects... More »

Bezos Gets an Earful on Brief Visit to India

Government officials and small business blast Amazon and Post

(Newser) - Jeff Bezos' surprise trip to India may not have gone quite the way he expected. He arrived to government criticism of Washington Post coverage, the launching of an antitrust investigation of Amazon, and protests from small-business owners—despite his announcement that his company was investing $1 billion to help neighborhood... More »

New Law in India May Signal a Fundamental Change

Critics say citizenship legislation undermines nation's policy of secularism

(Newser) - A new citizenship bill is causing mass protests in India, and a big concern of critics is that India is on the path to abandoning its status as a secular nation because of the pro-Hindu policies put forward by the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Coverage:
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Crowd Cheers Police After 4 Rape Suspects Killed

Police in India say they were trying to escape

(Newser) - Indian police on Friday fatally shot and killed four men suspected of raping and killing a woman in southern India, leading some to celebrate their deaths as justice in a case that has sparked protests across the country. The men, who were in police custody and had not been formally... More »

'Lawlessness' as Woman Is Set on Fire in Another Rape Case

23-year-old in India was attacked by men she accused of sexually assaulting her, police say

(Newser) - An Indian woman who accused two men of rape was set on fire—allegedly by those same men—on her way to a court hearing in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who suffered burns on up to 90% of her body, is now "fighting for her life,"... More »

NASA Finds Moon Lander Crash Site

'Despite the loss, getting that close to the surface was an amazing achievement'

(Newser) - NASA said Tuesday that it has found the debris from India's moon lander, which crashed on the lunar surface in September. The US space agency released a photo showing the site of the lander's impact and the debris field, crediting an Indian engineer for helping locate the site.... More »

Doctors Thought the Kidney Would Be Big—but Not This Big

Surgeons in India pull 16-pound organ out of 56-year-old man with genetic disorder

(Newser) - A human kidney usually weighs no more than a third of a pound. Doctors in India, however, pulled one out of a man that came in at more than 16 pounds—what the BBC notes is the equivalent of a bowling ball or two newborns, and a possible record-breaker. "... More »

5M Masks Handed Out in India—and Not for Halloween

Public health emergency declared over Delhi smog

(Newser) - "Delhi has turned into a gas chamber." So said the Indian capital's chief minister Friday as air pollution reached severe levels. Officials declared a public health emergency and distributed 5 million masks to students and parents at schools across the city in the midst of a public... More »

While Burying His Newborn, He Found Another Buried Alive

Police searching for parents of Indian girl, now in hospital

(Newser) - A man in India was digging a grave for his newborn daughter last week when the impossible happened: He discovered another newborn, who had been buried alive and was still breathing, reports the Guardian . Hitesh Sirohi and his wife were at a remote cemetery in Uttar Pradesh burying their child... More »

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 »

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