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Monsoon-triggered floods kill more than 50 in India
Floods triggered by days of torrential monsoon rains have claimed more than 50 lives in eastern India this week, the country's home minister and reports said Saturday, with millions of people affected by surging waters.
 
Int'l Trans Arts Festival
An Indian transgender Yelamma Jogathi artist carries a vessel with images of Hindu goddess Renuka or Yellamma, her patron goddess, as she poses for a portrait after performing at the International Trans Art Festival in Bangalore, India, Friday, July 29. The community of transgender artists known as Jogathis from the southern Indian state of Karnataka perform at festivals and various other occasions to earn their livelihood.
 
India's army said Saturday that two rebels and two soldiers were killed in an overnight gunbattle close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, as a curfew continued to be enforced in parts of Indian-held Kashmir.
 
Three prisoners including two Saudi Arabian nationals were killed in a fight in a jail in India's remote northeastern state of Manipur, officials said.
 
Indonesian executions a 'complete mess'
Indonesia executed four drug convicts Friday but 10 others due to face the firing squad were given an apparent reprieve in a confused process one lawyer condemned as a "complete mess."
 
Niece of Tibetan priest flees China, says he died of torture
The niece of a prominent Tibetan religious leader has fled China and arrived in exile in northern India to reveal what her family says is the truth about the man's death in a Chinese prison.
 
A heavy load
An Indian Mishing tribal woman climbs to her traditional hut surrounded by flood waters carrying drinking water after arriving in a banana raft, bottom right at Majuli, a river island east of Gauhati, northeastern Assam state, India, Wednesday, July 27.
 
Indonesia Thursday rejected appeals from the U.N. and EU to halt the execution of 14 drug convicts including foreigners, as speculation mounted they could face the firing squad in a matter of hours.
 
An axe-wielding shopkeeper hacked a couple to death in northern India Thursday after they failed to pay a debt of 22 U.S. cents, police said.
 
Youngsters from Asia's largest red light district go for soccer gold
In a break from training for one of the world's largest soccer tournaments, Yakub Ali swells with pride at the idea of putting a smile on the face of his mother back in Asia's biggest red light district.
 
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