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Rahul Gandhi set to be opposition Congress party chief

NEW DELHI — Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India’s Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, submitted nomination papers Monday to succeed his mother as president of main opposition Congress party that has governed the country for decades. Without a serious rival for the top party post, Gandhi is set to be elected Dec. 16. He faces a challenging …

India hedges pledge to expel Rohingya Muslims amid outcr

NEW DELHI — A day after the U.N. chief voiced concern about Indian plans to potentially deport tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingya refugees, an Indian government official said Wednesday that authorities are only working to identify those who fled persecution in neighbouring Myanmar — not expel them. An estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims have taken …

Indian boxer beats Chinese rival but doesn’t want his belt

NEW DELHI — Indian boxer Vijender Singh won his fight on Saturday and then offered to give his Chinese opponent’s belt back in a gesture of peace between the two rival nations. The fight against China’s Zulpikar Maimaitiali went all 10 rounds with Singh the winner in a unanimous verdict, 96-93, 95-94, 95-94. Singh successfully …

India irked by China stalling its nuclear group membership

NEW DELHI—India expressed disappointment Sunday with China for raising procedural hurdles to the South Asian country joining the 48-nation group controlling access to sensitive nuclear technology. Its membership application was not approved at the Nuclear Suppliers Group meeting last week in Seoul, South Korea, and External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup told reporters that from India’s engagements …

India says search for missing Malaysian plane put on hold while efforts reassessed

  NEW DELHI – Massive Indian navy and air search operations for the missing Malaysian jetliner were suspended Sunday as Malaysia sought technical assistance from New Delhi in corroborating the possible paths that the plane might have taken after losing contact with air control traffic controllers, officials said. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called his …

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