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India struggles with Maoist rebel threat as voting continues

By Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:45PM UTC A paramilitary soldier is carried on a stretcher to be treated after he was injured in an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in the eastern Indian state of Bihar earlier this month. Pic: AP.

RAJNANDGAON, India (AP) — Voters are casting ballots in India’s general election despite threats of violence in some areas by extreme leftist insurgents, who say the country’s democracy has failed its marginalized and its poor. The central state of Chhattisgarh, which is now the epicenter of India’s four-decade Maoist insurgency, was among the areas voting Thursday in the multi-phase election. Authorities say there are signs that the rebels have waning support — including the lines of voters shuffling into polling booths in the Chhattisgarh town of Rajnandgaon.

Train derails in northeast India, injuring dozens

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:24PM UTC Train derails in northeast India, injuring dozens

GAUHATI, India (AP) — A passenger train has derailed in northeastern India, injuring dozens of passengers. State-owned Indian Railways said in a statement that the engine and nine of the train’s 13 coaches jumped the track early Wednesday near the Jagiroad station, about 140 kilometers (85 miles) east of Gauhati,

6 die as bus catches fire in India

By Wed, Apr 16, 2014 1:12PM UTC 6 die as bus catches fire in India

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian police say at least six people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured when a bus caught fire in southern India.

India’s top court recognizes third gender category

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 3:45PM UTC Pic: AP.

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s top court has issued a landmark verdict creating a third gender category, saying transgendered people can now identify themselves that way on official documents. Activists say it will give relief to millions of people who face discrimination in India’s deeply conservative society.

Indian troops kill 2 rebels in Kashmir fighting

By Tue, Apr 15, 2014 9:28AM UTC Indian troops kill 2 rebels in Kashmir fighting

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police say a nearly 20-hour gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir has ended after government troops killed two suspected rebels in the Himalayan region’s main city.

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