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Passenger trains collide head-on in India

An express train collided head on with another passenger train in eastern India on Sunday, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The engine of the Guwahati-Bangalore express derailed after it crashed into a local train in the Malda district of West Bengal, around 350 kilometres (220 miles) north…

Alleged rape sparks general strike in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India — A general strike paralysed India’s Muslim-majority Kashmir valley on Saturday in a second day of protest against the alleged rape of a woman by two soldiers in the revolt-hit region. The strike shut most shops, schools and offices in Srinagar and other major towns of the scenic…

Indian policeman shoots self to win bravery award

NEW DELHI (AFP) – A policeman in India was recovering in hospital after he shot himself in a misguided attempt to win a bravery award, media reports said. Mahesh Rajguru claimed that six unidentified men opened fire when he was on personal protection duty at a house of a former…

No, Pentagon says, Obama will not be guarded by 34 ships

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama will not be protected by a vast armada of 34 US warships when he visits Mumbai this weekend, officials said, calling reports from India on security preparations “comical.” The claim that many of the 288-ship US naval fleet would be deployed to waters off…

Plane crashes in India, 160 people feared dead

Powered by Mochila As many as 160 people were feared dead after an Air India plane arriving from Dubai crashed Saturday as it overshot a runway while trying to land in southern India. Television images showed dense black smoke billowing from the aircraft surrounded by flames just outside the Mangalore…

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