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Pakistan tests medium-range missileupdated: Wed Apr 25 2012 08:23:00

Pakistan says it has test-fired a missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

Pakistani rescuers resume search for 139 trapped in avalancheupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 05:27:00

Rescue crews continued their frantic search Sunday at a Himalayan military outpost near the Indian border where a massive avalanche buried up to 139 people, most of them Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistan troops trapped in avalancheupdated: Mon Apr 09 2012 05:27:00

A rescue is under way for trapped soldiers near the Pakistan and India border. CNN's Natalie Allen reports.

Pakistan's president visits India amid warming tiesupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 09:19:00

Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari met with the Indian prime minister in New Delhi on Sunday -- the first visit to India by a Pakistani head of state in seven years.

Pakistan's Zardari visits Indiaupdated: Sun Apr 08 2012 09:19:00

Asif Ali Zardari meets the Indian prime minister -- the first visit to India by a Pakistani president in 7 years.

Pakistan president to visit India amid warming tiesupdated: Fri Apr 06 2012 08:56:00

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan is scheduled to visit India on Sunday, the first by a Pakistani head of state in seven years, amid thawing relations between the two nuclear-armed archrivals.

Tibetan activist who set himself alight in India diesupdated: Wed Mar 28 2012 05:22:00

The Tibetan protester who set himself alight in the Indian capital ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao's visit this week has died.

Report on coal fields creates fresh furor for Indian governmentupdated: Fri Mar 23 2012 06:15:00

India's scandal-tainted government has come under fresh attack from opposition parties after a leading newspaper ran a front-page report alleging that auditors had found that the awarding of coal fields to private companies had deprived the treasury of $211 billion.

China boosts military spendingupdated: Wed Mar 21 2012 05:15:00

CNN's Stan Grant reports on concerns over China's growing military budget.

India's ruling Congress party suffers loss in key voteupdated: Wed Mar 07 2012 14:54:00

India's ruling Congress party has suffered a crushing defeat in local elections that are considered a litmus test for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's government.

International campaign finance: How do countries compare?updated: Mon Mar 05 2012 16:54:00

The world economy may be bracing for another grim year, but political donors in the United States are breaking out their checkbooks to finance what is expected to be the most expensive presidential election in American history.

Israel blames Iran for Thai bombingsupdated: Tue Feb 14 2012 22:58:00

Israel's defense minister blamed Iran for a series of bombings in the Thai capital of Bangkok Tuesday, a day after attacks against the country's diplomats in India and Georgia.

Pakistan, India swap lists of nuclear sitesupdated: Sun Jan 01 2012 10:08:00

Nuclear rivals India and Pakistan exchanged lists of their nuclear sites Sunday in accordance with a 1988 agreement that prohibits the neighboring countries from attacking the locations, officials in Islamabad said.

India's government seeks way forward on controversial anti-corruption billupdated: Wed Dec 28 2011 06:50:00

India's beleaguered government huddled with various political parties Wednesday, trying to come up with a way forward on an anti-corruption bill as ailing, elderly campaigner Anna Hazare continued his fast for a second day to protest legislation he slammed as too weak to deal with endemic graft.

Lower house passes anti-graft bill in Indiaupdated: Tue Dec 27 2011 15:18:00

Drama unfolded on two fronts of India's battle against corruption Tuesday night.

Pakistan-India border gate war danceupdated: Mon Dec 26 2011 22:33:00

CNN's Reza Sayah reports on a Pakistani-Indian tradition dating back to 1959, a sunset flag-lowering ceremony war dance.

Ambani calls for younger leadership in Indiaupdated: Sun Nov 13 2011 20:14:00

Mukesh Ambani, India's richest man, has called for a generational change in the country's gerontocratic leadership, and urged the government to move faster to implement reforms that would help meet its young population's economic ambitions.

India remains strong customer for U.S. military equipment, Pentagon report saysupdated: Wed Nov 02 2011 21:07:00

The Pentagon is portraying India as a major customer for U.S. military equipment, worth an estimated $6 billion in the past decade, even as U.S. companies are shut out of a multibillion dollar bid for fighter jets that India is starting this week.

Pakistan, 3 other nations chosen for 2-year UN Security Council termsupdated: Fri Oct 21 2011 19:17:00

Four countries, including Pakistan, were elected Friday to join the UN Security Council in January as nonpermanent members for two-year terms. Also elected, via secret ballot, were Guatemala, Morocco and Togo.

3 Pakistani soldiers killed in cross-border firingupdated: Thu Sep 01 2011 13:56:00

Three Pakistani paramilitary soldiers were killed this week in a cross-border firefight between Pakistan and India, officials said Thursday.

From soldier to savior: India's Hazare another Gandhi?updated: Fri Aug 19 2011 02:30:00

He wears only khadi, a simple garb of homespun cotton, and lives in a small room off a temple in a remote, drought-prone western Indian village. A veteran of the 1965 India-Pakistan war, he retired from the Indian army and took vows of chastity and public service.

India, Pakistan vow 'new era' of tiesupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 08:01:00

India and Pakistan Wednesday pledged not to let their fragile peace process slide again because of thorny issues that have made the nuclear neighbors bitter enemies.

Clinton: No terrorists should get a 'free pass'updated: Wed Jul 20 2011 00:15:00

At a joint news conference with India's Foreign Minister S. M. Krishna in New Delhi, India, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday warned India's neighbor, Pakistan, that safe havens for terrorists "cannot be tolerated anywhere."

Secretary of state embarks on another world tourupdated: Thu Jul 14 2011 23:47:00

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived Friday in Istanbul, the start of a 12-day journey that, in typical Hillary fashion, will straddle the globe, taking her to Europe, India and East Asia.

Anti-corruption websites pop up in Chinaupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 05:03:00

Chinese web developers are using a new weapon aimed at fighting corruption: sites encouraging people to share stories of bribes online.

Leaders at BRICS Summit speak out against airstrikes in Libyaupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 21:15:00

A leadership summit of five emerging economic powers took a decidedly political turn on Thursday, going beyond customary economic issues with a joint declaration against Western-led airstrikes in Libya and urging a peaceful solution to the conflict.

Why you should care about BRICSupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 21:15:00

BRICS nations, the emerging economic titans of Brazil, Russia, India and China meet. CNN's Eunice Yoon reports.

Cricket match brings business to a haltupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 10:50:00

CNN's Mallika Kapur reports on how the cricket match between India and Pakistan is impacting business.

Pakistan prime minister in India for cricket diplomacyupdated: Wed Mar 30 2011 10:50:00

Pakistan's prime minister, Syed Yousaf Raza Gilani, arrived in India Wednesday to watch a Cricket World Cup match between the two archrival teams as the nuclear neighbors try to repair ties wounded by the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai.

India, Pakistan in talks ahead of 'cricket diplomacy' summitupdated: Mon Mar 28 2011 08:28:00

Home secretaries of India and Pakistan were meeting in New Delhi Monday as prime ministers of the two countries prepared to watch a World Cup cricket match between the South Asian rivals together this week as part of efforts to rebuild ties broken off by the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Indian PM tries to soothe frustration over government corruptionupdated: Wed Feb 16 2011 11:16:00

India's prime minister vowed Wednesday that his government is "dead serious" about fighting corruption within its ranks, a scourge he said threatens to tarnish India's reputation worldwide.

Pakistan and India agree to resume peace talksupdated: Thu Feb 10 2011 09:49:00

Pakistan and India have agreed to resume peace talks that broke down after the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, government ministries said Thursday.

An act of faith, desperation or protest: Self-immolations through timeupdated: Wed Jan 19 2011 13:32:00

Night had fallen when the men heard the sounds on the mountain. First it was a chime, then a recitation of verses, followed by the crackle of wood burning. They scrambled to the summit to see what was happening.

India, Russia mark decade of strategic ties with Medvedev visitupdated: Wed Dec 22 2010 08:12:00

Close allies since the Soviet days, India and Russia marked the first decade of their strategic partnership with a slew of agreements at their annual summit Tuesday.

Timeline: Key events in Sino-Indian relationsupdated: Tue Dec 14 2010 23:39:00

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's state visit to New Delhi on Wednesday, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties, follows decades of turbulent relations between the two Asian giants:

WikiLeaks: Pakistan quietly approved drone attacks, U.S. special unitsupdated: Thu Dec 02 2010 07:15:00

On the record, Pakistan has persistently criticized the United States' use of unmanned drones to attack militant hideouts in its mountainous border region.

Do China and India hold key to Myanmar reform?updated: Wed Nov 17 2010 07:46:00

Freed activist Aung San Suu Kyi has made a passionate plea for dialogue and reconciliation to build democracy and improve human rights in Myanmar, calling for her country to back her as she cannot "do it alone."

2008: Aung San Suu Kyi sentencedupdated: Wed Nov 17 2010 07:46:00

In 2008, Myanmar's junta sentenced Nobel laureate and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to 18 months house arrest.

Obama backs permanent seat for India on Security Councilupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 11:54:00

In another major sign of growing ties between India and the United States, President Barack Obama on Monday backed a permanent seat for India in the U.N. Security Council.

Obama wants India for Security Councilupdated: Mon Nov 08 2010 11:54:00

President Obama says he looks forward to welcoming India as a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.

New to Security Council, India looks west to 'troubled neighborhood'updated: Tue Oct 12 2010 16:00:00

India called the the "troubled neighborhood" on its west a priority area after the South Asian nation won a nonpermanent slot in the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday.

India and Pakistan team up for tennisupdated: Fri Sep 10 2010 16:37:00

CNN's Richard Roth reports on one Indian and one Pakistani tennis player that are teaming up at the U.S. Open.

Cameron calls out Pakistanupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 04:52:00

British PM David Cameron questions Pakistan's commitment to fighting terrorism. CNN's Nic Robertson reports.

Official: Spy chief visit to U.K. canceled over PM's remarksupdated: Sun Aug 01 2010 04:52:00

Pakistan's spy chief's planned visit to the United Kingdom has been canceled over tough remarks by the British prime minister about the country, a Pakistani military official confirmed Saturday.

Cameron: We won't tolerate 'export of terror' by Pakistanupdated: Wed Jul 28 2010 12:22:00

Britain's prime minister delivered a sober message Wednesday to Pakistan: Don't export terror.

India welcomes Myanmar military leaderupdated: Sun Jul 25 2010 05:44:00

Indian officials welcomed the top leader of Myanmar's military junta Sunday in a visit aimed at strengthening diplomatic and economic ties between the neighboring countries.

Sri Lankan President meets with Tamil leadersupdated: Tue Jun 08 2010 02:18:00

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Monday assured the country's main Tamil political parties his government would soon address grievances of the Tamil minority.

Pigeon caught in India-Pakistan trust gapupdated: Mon May 31 2010 20:27:00

A humble pigeon has just flown into a herd of pouncing cats!

Police: Suspected India Maoists kill 35updated: Mon May 17 2010 23:59:00

Suspected Maoists killed 35 people in a land mine attack against a bus in central India, a local police chief told CNN.

India, Pakistan to hold talks in Julyupdated: Tue May 11 2010 12:16:00

Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers Tuesday announced plans to meet in July as part of efforts by their countries to restart their peace process frozen by the 2008 attacks in Mumbai.

Rights group decries India's warning on Maoist supportupdated: Mon May 10 2010 10:01:00

A human rights group has slammed India for its warning to citizens supporting Maoist rebels, who are considered the greatest internal security threat by the nation.

India's top court bans forced truth testsupdated: Wed May 05 2010 22:35:00

India's supreme court Wednesday ruled as unconstitutional the use of lie-detection technologies on suspects without their consent, attorneys said.

Diplomat suspected of spyingupdated: Wed Apr 28 2010 10:48:00

India suspects one of its diplomats in Pakistan of spying for Pakistani intelligence. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

India: Dozens of police dead after Maoist ambushupdated: Tue Apr 06 2010 08:56:00

Seventy-two police officers were killed in an attack early Tuesday by suspected Maoists in eastern India, authorities said.

India and Pakistan unite in sporting marriageupdated: Mon Apr 05 2010 10:24:00

Indian tennis player Sania Mirza has used her Twitter page to thank well-wishers following the announcement of her marriage to Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik.

India to capture 1.2 billion population in new digital censusupdated: Thu Mar 18 2010 12:59:00

India is launching what could be its most ambitious national project next month when it will attempt to identify every member of its 1.2 billion population in a national survey.

India endorses Copenhagen climate accord, with conditionsupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 11:01:00

India has signed onto a U.N. climate change agreement aimed at reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, becoming one of the last major nations to do so, the country's environment minister told parliament.

India women's bill uproarupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 01:24:00

India's parliament got rowdy as it attempted to pass a bill that would give women a third of the seats in parliament.

India's upper house passes pro-women billupdated: Wed Mar 10 2010 01:24:00

India's upper house of parliament has passed a historic bill aimed at reserving one-third of seats for women in federal and state legislatures.

Indian parliament debates pro-women billupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 23:32:00

Indian lawmakers began debating a landmark bill aimed at reserving one-third of the seats in the federal parliament and in state assemblies for women.

Pro-women bill hits hurdles in Indian parliamentupdated: Mon Mar 08 2010 14:17:00

Angry protests disrupted India's parliament several times Monday over a landmark but contentious bill aimed at reserving one-third of seats for women in federal and state legislatures.

Pakistan, India talking againupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 01:49:00

Terrorism dominates talks between long-time Asian rivals Pakistan and India. CNN's Mallika Kapur reports

India, Pakistan: Fresh bid to mend ties amid Afghan crisisupdated: Fri Feb 26 2010 01:49:00

The resumption of talks between India and Pakistan on Thursday was critical in restoring trust and confidence that eroded after the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, the Indian and Pakistani foreign secretaries said Thursday.

Indian troops killed in suspected Maoist attackupdated: Tue Feb 16 2010 09:30:00

At least 24 paramilitary troops and a civilian were killed in an armed assault on their camp by suspected Maoists in eastern India, a district official said Tuesday.

Terror strikes popular bakeryupdated: Sun Feb 14 2010 19:41:00

A blast at a popular restaurant frequented by foreigners in India raises many questions. CNN's Sara Sidner reports

Iranian, Italian among Indian bakery blast deadupdated: Sun Feb 14 2010 19:41:00

An Italian and an Iranian were among nine dead from a terror attack at an eatery popular among expatriates in the western Indian city of Pune, authorities said Sunday.

Eight killed in India restaurant blastupdated: Sun Feb 14 2010 19:34:00

An explosion Saturday at an eatery in the western Indian city of Pune killed at least nine people and injured 33 others, authorities said.

India, Pakistan set date for talksupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 13:08:00

Indian and Pakistani officials on Friday agreed to meet in New Delhi later this month in a bid to resume talks disrupted by the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.

New game show in India to reward 'green' projectsupdated: Thu Feb 11 2010 00:01:00

A new game show in India will award prizes to villages that are going green.

India's scourge paid off with worthless banknotesupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 00:22:00

Crusaders against corruption in India have come up with a novel way of confronting bribe-takers -- a zero-value bill that resembles a normal 50-rupee banknote but carries an anti-graft message.

India: A republic with much left to accomplishupdated: Tue Jan 26 2010 04:02:00

Power will belong to the people of India, Mahatma Gandhi envisioned for his country, then ruled by the British.

India apologizes for ad gaffeupdated: Mon Jan 25 2010 04:49:00

India apologized to its citizens for a government advertisement, aimed at promoting female children, that showed a former Pakistani air force chief.

Air terror alert in Indiaupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 11:27:00

India boosts air security after an apparent terror plot by al Qaeda-linked militants. CNN's Paula Newton reports.

India ups alert level, tightens air securityupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 11:27:00

India has stepped up anti-hijacking measures and ordered the deployment of air marshals as part of a security alert, officials said Friday.

India-Pakistan row over cricket auctionupdated: Fri Jan 22 2010 04:28:00

A fresh row has erupted between India and Pakistan -- this time over cricket.

India, Pakistan pledge humanitarian effortupdated: Thu Jan 14 2010 21:19:00

India and Pakistan vowed cooperation on humanitarian issues, officials in New Delhi said, more than a year after a deadly terror attack in Mumbai derailed the fragile peace process between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

Hindus urged to consider environment as they wash away sinsupdated: Wed Jan 13 2010 04:57:00

The small print in Tuesday's full-page newspaper advertisements for a key Hindu event reflects one of India's biggest worries -- dirty water.

Activist: Farmer suicides in India linked to debt, globalizationupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 21:40:00

Thousands of poor farmers in India have committed suicide over the past decade as changes in India's agricultural policy set off a widening spiral of debt and despair, one environmental activist said Tuesday.

China, India lead as Asian recovery powers aheadupdated: Mon Jan 04 2010 00:47:00

Asia's rapid recovery from last year's recession appeared to be confirmed on Monday by a slew of positive reports on industrial production that suggested economic growth is powering steadily ahead, led by China and India.

India to introduce trains for young joblessupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 07:22:00

Indian authorities hope discount train tickets on air-conditioned trains may help the country fight its unemployment problem.

G20 needs to 'quadruple' carbon intensity cutsupdated: Thu Dec 03 2009 09:08:00

G20 economies need to quadruple cuts in their carbon intensity levels in the next ten years or risk a dangerous rise in global temperatures by 2050, according to new report.

Putting India center stageupdated: Wed Nov 25 2009 10:47:00

President Obama hosts the Indian prime minister at the White House, and many important items are on the agenda.

Flavors of India, America at Obamas' first state dinnerupdated: Tue Nov 24 2009 18:08:00

Tables set in apple green, ruby and gold with arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and sweet peas awaited guests to Tuesday's White House state dinner.

Suspected Maoists derail train in Indiaupdated: Thu Nov 19 2009 23:28:00

Suspected Maoists blew up a railway track in eastern India, derailing a train packed with passengers less than a week ahead of regional elections opposed by the powerful rebels, authorities said.

India's third gender gets own identity in voter rollsupdated: Thu Nov 12 2009 11:40:00

Indian election authorities Thursday granted what they called an independent identity to intersex and transsexuals in the country's voter lists.

25-year-old massacre haunts India's Sikhsupdated: Sun Nov 01 2009 04:49:00

Gurdeep Kaur's wrinkled face was wet with tears, as she recounted what she saw a quarter century ago: the killings of 21 of family members.

Afghan, Pakistani and Indian ambassadors unite against terrorismupdated: Thu Oct 22 2009 22:05:00

Three U.N. ambassadors on the front lines of the fight against radical Islamist terrorism presented a united front Thursday against extremism in an unprecedented joint public appearance on a major television news program.

India to adopt 'quiet diplomacy' on Kashmirupdated: Wed Oct 14 2009 21:09:00

New Delhi will adopt "quiet diplomacy" to find a solution to the problem of Indian-administered Kashmir, India's home minister said.

Rebels bomb school, railway in Indiaupdated: Tue Oct 13 2009 05:29:00

Suspected Maoists bombed a school and a railway track, and set several communication towers afire, Tuesday in eastern India in anticipation of a government crackdown, authorities said.

Suspected Maoists launch attacks in Indiaupdated: Mon Oct 12 2009 02:34:00

Suspected Maoists blew up a railway track, a bridge and fired at a bus Monday in eastern India ahead of a planned crackdown by paramilitaries and police.

Shootout leaves 17 police dead in Indiaupdated: Thu Oct 08 2009 12:37:00

At least 17 police officers were killed in what Indian authorities say was a shootout with Maoists Thursday.

Hundreds dead, 1M displaced by Indian floodsupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 14:27:00

At least 300 people have been killed and more than 1 million displaced in the flooding triggered by torrential rains in India, officials said Tuesday.

Pakistani official: Suspects in Mumbai attacks to be chargedupdated: Sat Sep 19 2009 22:33:00

Seven suspects arrested in Pakistan in connection with the Mumbai, India, attacks of last year will be charged in their next court appearance September 26, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said Saturday.

India: Probe of Muslim woman's death sparks rowupdated: Fri Sep 11 2009 22:23:00

The shooting death of a Muslim woman and three others five years ago has sparked a political row in India after a probe said the gun battle in which she was alleged to have been killed was staged.

Skin whitener controversyupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 20:46:00

Get white skin and life will be better: that's the message being sent out to Indian men. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

Skin whitener advertisements labeled racistupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 20:46:00

Cosmetic advertisements in Asia are targeting men with blunt campaigns aimed at skin color that one lawmaker labels racist.

Indian police brutalityupdated: Tue Aug 25 2009 22:50:00

Human Rights Watch says there is gross abuse by police in India. CNN's Sara Sidner reports.

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