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As Tibetans around the world voted Sunday in the first round of elections to choose a new government-in-exile, candidates were debating how to carry on their campaign to free their Himalayan homeland from Chinese rule.
Tibetan exiles vote, candidates discuss China


University student Santadevi Meghwal has been threatened, harassed, ostracized and even fined by a council of male elders in her village in India.
Breaking tradition, child brides fight for freedom


A toddler and a 5-year-old girl were raped in separate attacks in New Delhi overnight with at least one gang-raped, police said Saturday, as activists warned of an "epidemic" of sexual violence in the capital.
New Delhi reeling following the rapes of girls aged just two and five


Australia Thursday approved a controversial Indian-backed project to build one of the world's biggest coal mines despite conservationists' fears it threatens the Great Barrier Reef and vulnerable species while worsening global climate change.

A mute and deaf Indian girl who has been stuck in Pakistan for more than a decade because she cannot remember where she came from may have finally identified her family, the charity looking after her said Thursday.

The Catholic Church in India on Friday criticized government plans to allow single people to adopt children, a move that has prompted Mother Teresa's charity to stop adoptions from its orphanages.

A homeless Indian man who had been pronounced dead woke up on an autopsy table, shocking hospital staff who were about to begin a post-mortem, authorities said Tuesday.

Dozens of writers have returned India's highest literary honor to protest what they call a growing climate of intolerance in the country since Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government took office.
41 writers return Indian award, cite climate of intolerance


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi broke his silence Wednesday over the lynching of a Muslim man suspected of eating beef, calling it "unfortunate," after criticism over his failure to speak out.
India's Modi calls murder over beef 'unfortunate'


Her face caked in dirt and hair matted with sweat, 8-year-old Lalita Kumari hacks away at pieces of rock containing an elusive mineral that adds a dash of sparkle to lipstick and nail polish.
Indian children labor to bring sparkle to make-up


The Missionaries of Charity, the Roman Catholic order founded by Mother Teresa, has decided to close its adoption services in India after the country amended its rules making single parents eligible to adopt.

Caressing delicate bangles she hasn't taken off since her wedding 11 years ago, Geetanjali Agarwal says she won't hand over her gold to the government, as it wages a campaign to make the nation's hoard of the precious metal more productive.
Gold glitters for India, but jewelry guarded


The Dalai Lama said Saturday he considered it most important to preserve the Buddhist culture that has helped the Tibetan people live together even in exile.
Buddhist culture most important to me: Dalai Lama


Indian police have arrested 21 men after a mob thrashed two Muslims suspected of slaughtering a cow and set fire to some dozen shops, officials and reports said Saturday.
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