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A singular storm in Houston; a recurring nightmare in Mumbai

NEW DELHI— Two massive, rain-soaked cities on opposite sides of the world are struggling with swirling, brackish waters that have brought death and devastation. For Houston, it’s unprecedented. For Mumbai, it’s painfully common. For India’s financial capital and other South Asian cities and farmlands, floods are regular, cataclysmic occurrences made worse by breakneck urban development and population …

Millions of people bend and twist their bodies for Yoga Day

NEW DELHI — Millions of yoga enthusiasts bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures Sunday to mark International Yoga Day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spread his mat among rows of people, including his Cabinet members and foreign diplomats, at New Delhi’s main thoroughfare, which was transformed into a sprawling exercise ground. Thousands of …

Nepal villagers demand help after 2nd earthquake

View image | gettyimages.com CHARIKOT, Nepal — Thousands of villagers crowded the streets of this small Himalayan town Thursday, demanding government help after Nepal suffered its second major quake in less than three weeks. And while there have been occasional food handouts here, there was nowhere near enough supplies distributed for all the people who …

India’s Modi talking with newly elected Sri Lankan president

NEW DELHI — Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Sri Lanka’s newly elected president, Maithripala Sirisena, held wide-ranging talks Monday as the South Asian neighbors sought to strengthen strategic ties, increase trade and resolve long-standing issues between their nations. This was Sirisena’s first foreign visit as president, and Indian officials said it indicated the easing of …

Pakistan’s ambassador to India defends meeting with Kashmiri separatists

NEW DELHI—Pakistan’s ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals. Abdul Basit spoke to reporters in New Delhi two days after India called off diplomatic talks with Pakistan because he had …

Castes, patriarchy, rebels and sheer size complicate India’s life as world’s largest democracy

NEW DELHI – In a country where men have long told their wives whom to vote for, Sheila Kumar says she has no intention of letting her husband dictate her vote in next month’s national election. “Never again,” Kumar said as she waited to collect a bucket of drinking water from the communal tap in …

India marks 3 years since last polio case, stays on course to be declared polio free in March

NEW DELHI—India marked three years Monday since its last reported polio case, putting the country on course to being formally declared free of the disease later this year. India has made great strides against polio in recent years through a rigorous vaccination campaign. But for many in India, where polio victims with withered, twisted limbs …