Putin hopes to expand ties with India

Russian president Vladimir Putin has voiced hope for expanding ties with India during his visit there and sought to assuage New Delhi’s concern about Moscow’s ties with Pakistan.

Delhi bans Uber cabs after rape

US online ride-hailing service Uber has been banned from operating in the Indian capital after a female passenger accused one of its drivers of rape, a case that has reignited a debate about the safety of women in the South Asian nation.Uber, which had employed the driver even though he had been arrested on allegations of sexual assault three years ago.

17 killed in Nepal bus accident

Police say an overcrowded bus has plunged off a mountain road in Nepal, killing at least 17 people and injuring 50 more.

Racism, bias in US will take time to tackle: Obama

The US president Barack Obama is prescribing time and vigilance to tackle problems as entrenched in American society as racism and bias.

Maldives declare public holidays to battle water crisis

The upmarket honeymoon destination of Maldives Saturday declared two days of public holidays in bid to manage fraying tempers and ration supplies following a drinking water crisis caused when a fire crippled a key desalination plant.

17 dead as militants storm Kashmir army camp

Militants hurling grenades stormed an army camp Friday in Indian Kashmir and killed 11 security officials, police said, and spreading violence in the Muslim-majority region which is voting in state elections.

Burdwan Blast key accused arrested from Assam

Sahanur Alam, a key accused in the Burdwan blast case, was arrested by the National Investigation Agency of India late on Friday night, reports NDTV.

Protesters block NY traffic after officer cleared in chokehold death

Thousands of protesters shouted at police and clogged streets of Manhattan on Wednesday, angered by a New York City grand jury’s decision not to charge a white police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man.

UN asks people to give $1 each for Syrian refugees

The World Food Program launched an unusual campaign Wednesday to raise $1 contributions from 64 million people around the world so it can restore food vouchers to Syrian refugees who won’t be getting any UN help in December.