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World Aug 17Indian authorities begin easing clampdown in Kashmir
Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir began restoring landline phone services on Saturday after a nearly two-week security crackdown and news blackout following a decision by India's government to downgrade the Muslim-majority region's autonomy.
World Aug 16Hundreds join street protest in Kashmir, defying restrictions
The government imposed the lockdown to avoid a violent reaction to its decision on Aug. 5 to downgrade Muslim-majority Kashmir's autonomy.
World Aug 08India arrests over 500 in Kashmir as Pakistan cuts railway
Pakistan, which claims the divided Himalayan region together with India, on Thursday suspended a key train service with India over change in Kashmir's special status by New Delhi, as tensions between the rivals soared.
World Jul 22India launches moon mission after earlier setback
The spacecraft — named Chandrayaan, the Sanskrit word for "moon craft" — is scheduled to land on the lunar south pole in September.
World May 19Indians vote in final phase of grueling national election
Indians voted Sunday in the seventh and final phase of a grueling national election that lasted more than five weeks, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party seeks to govern for another five years.
World May 12India’s election approaches 7th, final week of voting
Indians voted Sunday in the next-to-last round of a six-week-long national election marked by a highly acrimonious campaign that has seen Prime Minister Narendra Modi blame opposition party chief Rahul Gandhi’s family for the country’s ills.
World Oct 05India signs deal for Russian air defense systems despite U.S. sanctions threat
The $5 billion deal to buy five Russian S-400 air defense systems was signed in New Delhi during a visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
World Sep 27India chief justice’s new decision strikes down adultery law
Chief Justice Dipak Misra and the rest of the five-member court struck down a 158-year-old law that treated adultery in certain cases as a criminal offense punishable by up to five years in prison.
World Sep 19India bans instant divorce by Muslim men
The government decision came after it failed to get approval from Parliament a year after the court ruled that the practice of allowing men to divorce by simply uttering the Arabic word for divorce — "talaq" — three times violated…