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India to Russia: We Want Our Duped Citizens Back

Authorities say men were lured to Russia with promise of jobs, ended up in Army

(Newser) - India authorities on Friday said they are in talks with Russia's government about the return of Indian citizens who were duped into working for the Russian army, a day after a federal investigation agency said it broke up a human trafficking network that lured people to Russia under the...

Travel Bloggers Tell 200K Followers of Brutal India Attack

Woman described being raped while her partner was beaten

(Newser) - The woman in the Instagram video appeared shaken. Her face was swollen and bruised. Sitting beside her partner, she began recounting her ordeal. "Something happened to us that we wouldn't wish on anyone," she said in Spanish, with captions in English. "Seven men raped me, and...

Drivers Were Checking Out Cricket Before Train Crash

India blames distraction for crash that killed 14 in October

(Newser) - When a train slammed into another train last fall in India, killing 14 people, its two drivers were monitoring a live cricket match playing on a phone, a government official said. They were among hundreds of millions of people watching India defeat England in a one-day World Cup, per AFP...

Rare Rihanna Concert Is for Asia's Richest Man

She performs first show since 2016 at pre-wedding party for son of Mukesh Ambani

(Newser) - Rihanna performed her first full concert since 2016 at, per USA Today , an "unexpected venue": a pre-wedding party for the son of Asia's richest man. The 36-year-old performed on Friday, the first night of three days of festivities in Jamnagar, India, for Anant Ambani, son of Mukesh Ambani,...

Cargo Train in India Travels 43 Miles Without a Driver

Authorities managed to stop the runaway train without injuries

(Newser) - A loaded freight train in India traveled 43 miles without any humans aboard—and this wasn't an autopilot test. Instead, the train with about 50 carriages rolled off on its own after the driver and an assistant disembarked for a crew change at a station in the northern state...

Thieves Return Director's Medals, With an Apology

'Sir, please forgive us,' they write to M. Manikandan in India

(Newser) - Burglars who broke into the country home of a prominent director in India had a change of heart, though not a complete change of heart—they returned two prestigious medals he earned for directing but kept his money, reports the Times of India . Police say the thieves busted into the...

After 8 Months, Cops Release This Suspicious Bird

Pigeon caught in May near port in Mumbai, India, had been suspected of spying for China

(Newser) - Indian police cleared a suspected Chinese spy pigeon after eight months' detention and released it into the wild Tuesday, reports the news agency Press Trust of India. The pigeon's ordeal began in May when it was captured near a port in Mumbai with two rings tied to its legs,...

Tech CEO Killed in Freak Accident at Company Party

Vistex CEO and founder Sanjay Shah dies in fall from cage during aerial show

(Newser) - A party for employees of software company Vistex ended in tragedy Thursday night when the company's CEO was killed, and its president seriously injured, in a freak accident. Around 700 people were in attendance at the party in India to celebrate Vistex Asia's 25th anniversary when CEO Sanjay...

AI CEO Arrested After Young Son's Body Found in Suitcase: Cops

Suchana Seth allegedly told police her son died suddenly, but they say she smothered him

(Newser) - The CEO of an Indian artificial intelligence startup was arrested Monday after her 4-year-old son's body was found in a suitcase in the trunk of a taxi she was riding in. Suchana Seth, 39, leads the Mindful AI Lab and was in 2021 listed as one of the 100...

After 4 Days, Grounded Plane Finally Leaves Rural France

Indian passengers bound for Nicaragua were caught up in human trafficking allegations

(Newser) - A charter plane grounded in France for a human trafficking investigation departed on Monday for India, after an exceptional holiday ordeal that left about 300 Indians en route to Central America blocked inside a rural French airport for four days. The unmarked Legend Airlines A340 took off from Vatry Airport...

US: 'Defendant Conspired From India' to Have This Man Killed

American prosecutors have charged an Indian man who they say tried to hire a hit man

(Newser) - US prosecutors have charged an Indian man with trying to take out a hit on a US citizen living in New York City. In an indictment unsealed Wednesday, prosecutors allege Nikhil Gupta, 52, paid someone he believed to be a hit man $100,000 to murder Gurpatwant Singh Pannun. The...

Rescuers Finally Reach Trapped Workers in India
All 41 Trapped India Workers
Have Been Rescued

All 41 Trapped India Workers Have Been Rescued

Rescuers pull men to safety after 17 days buried underground

(Newser) - India's transportation minister says all 41 construction workers who were trapped in a collapsed mountain tunnel in the country's north for more than two weeks have been pulled out after rescuers reached them on Tuesday. Nitin Gadkari, the minister of road transport and highways, wrote on X that...

3 Planes Fly Bigger Drill to Workers Trapped in Tunnel
Drilling Machine Breaks,
Stopping Tunnel Rescue

Drilling Machine Breaks, Stopping Tunnel Rescue

The 40 workers have been trapped inside a tunnel since Nov. 12

(Newser) - A drilling machine being used to try to break through rubble, stones, and metal to reach construction workers trapped in a collapsed tunnel in northern India has broken down, halting the operation. Crews began trying to remove the debris by hand, the AP reports. "The machine is busted,"...

Rescuers Race to Save Tunnel Workers in India

Forty were caught in a landslide at a construction project in the mountains

(Newser) - Rescuers in northern India are trying to reach 40 workers who were trapped by a landslide as they were digging a tunnel through a mountain. Rescue teams in Uttarkashi district say they have been able to communicate with the trapped workers with walkie-talkies, and they've pumped in oxygen through...

For LGBTQ+ Advocates in India, a 'Deeply Disappointing' Ruling

Nation's top court punts decision on same-sex marriage to Parliament

(Newser) - India's top court on Tuesday refused to legalize same-sex marriages, passing the responsibility back to Parliament in a ruling that disappointed campaigners for LGBTQ+ rights in the world's most populous country. Chief Justice DY Chandrachud also urged the government to uphold the rights of the queer community and...

Climate Change Will Make These Places Too Hot to Live

New study identifies which regions will be 'unlivable' for long stretches of time

(Newser) - As global temperatures rise, long stretches of extreme heat will make certain regions 'unlivable' for weeks at a time, a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences says. The Washington Post breaks down the bleak report, which projects what temperatures will look like in...

Cricket Fans Filling Hospitals. They're Not Sick

Overnight check-ups double as affordable accommodation for Pakistan game

(Newser) - Hospitals in Ahmedabad, India, are filling up amid a major outbreak of cricket fever. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan play each other Saturday in the group stage of cricket's World Cup, and hospitals have seen a surge in people scheduling check-ups that include an overnight stay on the day of...

It Was a Disaster Foretold in India. More Will Follow

A glacial lake overflowed in India's northeast, causing death and destruction

(Newser) - The dam had been contentious from the start. It was the largest to be built in India's far northeastern Sikkim state, and had been operating since 2017 as part of the country's effort to use hydroelectric power. Early Wednesday, Lhonak Lake overflowed and tore through the Teesta 3...

India Can't Rouse Its Moon Lander
India Can't Rouse
Its Moon Rover

India Can't Rouse Its Moon Rover

Lander and rover are dormant at the frigid south pole after a 2-week nap

(Newser) - India's mission to the moon can already be counted as a historic success, but this might put a damper on how it ends: The nation's space agency can't rouse its lunar lander or lunar rover after a two-week nap, reports New Scientist . The machines deliberately went into...

India Suspends Visa Services as Rift With Canada Widens

Country has urged its citizens in Canada to be cautious

(Newser) - India's visa processing center in Canada suspended services Thursday as a rift widened between the countries after Canada's leader said India may have been involved in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Parliament on Monday that there were "credible...

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