India's Seychelles military base plan hits choppy waters

Opposition declares agreement between two governments ‘dead’ against backdrop of contest for influence in Indian Ocean. India’s plans for building military facilities in Seychelles have hit choppy waters, with the Indian Ocean island’s political opposition blocking efforts to ratify a deal reached by the two governments. Seychelles and India signed a 20-year agreement in January to build an airstrip and a jetty […]

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Protests after Indian troops kill three rebels in Kashmir

Police have imposed a curfew in some parts of the main city of Srinagar and have shut down schools and businesses. The deaths of three suspected rebel fighters in Indian-administered Kashmir has provoked protests at their funerals. Police have imposed a curfew in some parts of the main city of Srinagar and have shut down schools and businesses. Al Jazeera’s […]

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Pakistan-India diplomatic spat worsens as envoy summoned

Tensions remain high as India and Pakistan accuse each other of harassing diplomats in their respective capitals. Islamabad, Pakistan – Pakistan has summoned its ambassador to India “for consultations”, according to its foreign ministry, as tensions remain high between the nuclear-armed South Asian neighbours. The move came on Thursday amidst a flurry of allegations by both sides, accusing each other […]

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U.S. and India commit to building six nuclear power plants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and India on Wednesday agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation, including building six U.S. nuclear power plants in India, the two countries said in a joint statement. The agreement came after two days of talks in Washington. The United States under President Donald Trump has been looking to sell more energy products […]

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Talk to Pakistan, former Modi ally urges India amid Kashmir tension

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) – India should talk to Pakistan and separatists in Kashmir to defuse tension raised by a suicide attack on an Indian paramilitary convoy that was claimed by Pakistan-based militants, a former chief minister of the state said. Mehbooba Mufti, who was chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir from early 2014 to June last year when Prime Minister […]

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India to go to polls from April 11; tension with Pakistan seen boosting Modi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India will hold a general election in seven stages starting on April 11, the election commission said on Sunday, in what will be the world’s biggest democratic exercise with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to benefit from tensions with Pakistan. About 900 million citizens will be eligible to vote, 15 million of them aged between 18 […]

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Factbox: Votes, boats and elephants: India's colossal election by the numbers

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India is expected to hold a general election starting next month in the world’s largest democratic exercise, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second straight term. The country of 1.3 billion people typically holds elections in multiple phases to ensure security across polling stations. Here are some facts and figures. MILLIONS OF VOTERS More than […]

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Religious school that India says it bombed looks undamaged and deserted

JABA, Pakistan (Reuters) – Days after India said its warplanes hit a militant Islamist group’s training camp on the site of a religious school in northeastern Pakistan, killing a large number of militants, the site appeared undamaged and deserted. A Reuters team saw the madrasa, or religious school, on Thursday from 100 meters away at the site of a crater […]

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India, Pakistan resume shelling in Kashmir

Srinagar, India: Indian and Pakistani soldiers again targeted each other's posts and villages along their volatile frontier in disputed Kashmir, killing at least six civilians and two Pakistani troops, officials said on Saturday. Tensions have been running high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan on Tuesday, carrying out what India called a pre-emptive strike against militants blamed for a February […]

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Kashmir: Thousands hit the streets after army killings

Protesters hurl rocks and shout anti-India slogans after soldiers killed four civilians and two suspected fighters. Tens of thousands of angry protesters poured onto the streets throughout Indian-controlled Kashmir, hurling rocks and shouting anti-India slogans after soldiers killed four civilians and two suspected fighters. Many protests on Monday centered around the town of Shopian, where the shooting occurred. There were […]

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