• In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces

    In Kashmir, empty grave for teenager killed by Indian forces0

    BELLOW, India (AP) — On a recent chilly winter day in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmed shoveled the earth, laboriously digging a grave for his teenage son. There was, however, no body to be lowered inside. Stunned, a group of onlookers watched in silence. But Ahmed kept digging, now knee-deep inside the half-dug grave. Then he

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  • WHO warns of tipping point in Covid pandemic

    WHO warns of tipping point in Covid pandemic0

    A nurse adjusts her PPE in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) in St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south-west London, where the number of intensive care beds for the critically sick has had to be increased from 60 to 120, the vast majority of which are for coronavirus patients. Victoria Jones – PA Images | PA

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  • Indian army patrols border with rival Pakistan

    Indian army patrols border with rival Pakistan0

    JAMMU, India (AP) — From sandbagged Indian army bunkers dug deep into the Pir Panjal mountains in the Himalayas, villages on the Pakistan-controlled side of Kashmir appear precariously close, on the other side of the Line of Control that for the past 73 years has divided the region between the two nuclear-armed rivals. Tens of

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  • Farmers block expressway near Indian capital to protest Modi’s new laws

    Farmers block expressway near Indian capital to protest Modi’s new laws0

    KUNDLI, India (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of farmers on tractors occupied a stretch of an expressway on the periphery of the Indian capital New Delhi on Thursday in one of the biggest shows of strength since they began a sit-in against deregulation of farm markets more than a month ago. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s

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  • Exposure to air pollution in South Asia linked to pregnancy loss, study finds

    Exposure to air pollution in South Asia linked to pregnancy loss, study finds0

    Researchers found that an estimated 349,681 pregnancy losses each year across India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were associated with bad air quality. Published in the Lancet Planetary Health journal on Wednesday, the study suggests that if these countries met India’s air quality standard, it could have prevented 7% of the annual pregnancy losses. Dirty air has

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  • How to inoculate yourself, family and friends against deadly misinformation0

    Top scientists have created an online guide to arm people with scientific facts and practical tips to fight lies, hoaxes and conspiracy theories that are threatening public trust in the COVID-19 vaccines. More than two dozen leading experts in vaccine psychology, education and virology say they volunteered contributions to The COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Handbook to

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