A look at India’s Kumbh Mela festival

ALLAHABAD, India: Once every 12 years, tens of millions of Indians gather for one of Hinduism’s holiest celebrations at the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna

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34 killed in Bangladesh after court orders Islamist leader hanged

DHAKA: At least 34 people were killed in Bangladesh in a wave of violence on Thursday as Islamists reacted furiously to a ruling that one of their leaders must hang

Pope Benedict quits Vatican with promise to obey successor

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict left the Vatican on Thursday after pledging unconditional obedience to whoever succeeds him to guide the Roman Catholic Church at one of the most crisis-ridden periods

Egypt to widen probe into fatal balloon crash

CAIRO: Egypt’s lead investigator says countries of some of the victims of the deadly balloon crash in Luxor have asked to join the probe. Walid el-Moqadem said Thursday that Hong

China says US-based hackers target its websites

BEIJING: China’s military says overseas computer hackers targeted two of its websites an average of 144,000 times per month last year, with almost two thirds of the attacks originating in

Bangladesh sentences Islamic party leader to death

DHAKA, Bangladesh: A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Thursday sentenced a leader of an Islamic political party to death for crimes during the nation’s 1971 war for independence, a politically

Thailand, Muslim militants agree to peace talks

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Thailand’s government signed a breakthrough deal with Muslim insurgents for the first time ever Thursday, agreeing to hold talks to ease nearly a decade of

Pope greets pilgrims in St. Peter’s for final time

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI is greeting pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square for the final time before retiring, waving to tens of thousands of people who have gathered to bid

Kerry, in France, looks at next steps on Syria

PARIS: New U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has held his first official meeting with France’s leadership amid increasing efforts by both countries to bolster Syria’s opposition. Kerry met Wednesday

World powers and Iran end talks, sides to meet again

ALMATY: World powers ended two days of talks withIran on Wednesday with no sign of a breakthrough, and the two sides have agreed to meet at expert level in Istanbul