September 10th, 2013
12:44 AM ET

4 men found guilty of New Delhi gang rape

An Indian court on Tuesday found four men guilty of the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a bus in New Delhi last year - a crime that shocked the South Asian nation.

The sentencing hearing for the four men - Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh - will take place Wednesday, the Delhi court said.

The outcry over the vicious attack convulsed India, prompting angry protests over women's treatment in Indian society and the introduction of tougher punishments for sexual abuse.


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August 29th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

India nabs terrorism suspect Yasin Bhatkal

Indian intelligence agencies have arrested Yasin Bhatkal, one of the country's most wanted terrorism suspects, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said Thursday.

Bhatkal is believed to be a co-founder of the Indian Mujahideen, a militant group banned in India and listed by the United States as a foreign terrorist organization.

Intelligence officials arrested him Wednesday in the eastern state of Bihar, near India's border with Nepal, Shinde said.

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August 23rd, 2013
04:14 AM ET

Female photographer gang raped in Mumbai

A 23-year-old photographer was gang-raped by five men in the Indian financial hub of Mumbai, police said Friday, the latest shocking report of sexual assault to make headlines in the South Asian nation.

The attack took place Thursday evening in a deserted area of the Shakti Mills district in Mumbai, said the city's police commissioner, Satyapal Singh.

The unidentified female victim and a male colleague were on assignment in the area for a print publication when some of the men approached them and asked if they had permission to take photographs, Singh said.

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August 19th, 2013
04:48 AM ET

Train kills at least 28 in India

At least 28 people were killed Monday and eight others were injured after they were hit by an express train as they were getting off a local passenger train at a station in eastern India, authorities said.

People at the station reacted furiously, setting the express train on fire, Amitav Prabhakar, a spokesman for East Central Railway, told reporters. He said railway officials were hiding from the angry crowd amid the tense situation.

The collision took place around 9:15 a.m. Monday at Dhamara station in the eastern state of Bihar, said Syed Parvez Alam, a senior local official who provided the approximate death toll.

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August 16th, 2013
05:32 AM ET

3 bodies recovered from sunken Indian sub

Three bodies have been recovered from an Indian navy submarine that sank in Mumbai this week after an explosion and fire on board, authorities said Friday.

The Indian government warned that there was almost no hope of finding any survivors among the 15 other sailors who were in the submarine when it was hit by the unexplained blast at a naval dockyard early Wednesday.

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August 14th, 2013
03:17 AM ET

Some sailors dead after India submarine blast

An unspecified number of Indian sailors have died after an explosion and fire on a navy submarine at a dockyard in Mumbai, authorities said Wednesday.

Rescue efforts are under way at the scene following the explosion and "major fire" early Wednesday on the INS Sindhurakshak, the defense ministry said in a statement.

Defense Minister A.K. Antony later said that some officers had lost their lives, but he didn't give any details on how many had died.

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August 12th, 2013
05:49 AM ET

India unveils home-built aircraft carrier

India launched a 37,500-ton indigenous aircraft carrier Monday in its bid to join a select group of nations capable of building such warships.

The carrier INS Vikrant, meaning courageous, was unveiled at a shipyard in Kochi in southern India, defense ministry spokesman Sitanshu Kar told CNN.

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August 6th, 2013
04:46 AM ET

5 Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

Five Indian soldiers were killed when their military post in the disputed territory of Kashmir was attacked late Monday night.

Even though the Indian defense ministry stopped short of saying the Pakistani army was behind the attack, the chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir didn't mince words.

"These incidents don't help efforts to normalise or even improve relations with Pak & call in to question the Pak Govt's recent overtures," Omar Abdullah tweeted Tuesday morning.

For its part, Pakistan denied playing a part in the attack.

"No such incident has taken place," the military said.

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July 17th, 2013
09:08 AM ET

Tainted school lunch kills 22 kids

At least 22 schoolchildren died in northeastern India after eating free school lunches that contained a poison, a state official said.

More than 25 others have been hospitalized in Bihar state, said Education Minister P.K. Shahi, after ingesting an insecticide that was in the food.

The poison was organophosphorous, a chemical that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is commonly used in agriculture.

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Filed under: Education • India
June 21st, 2013
06:02 AM ET

Survivors recount horror of India floods

Barrages of water, mud and rocks have hit scores of towns and villages in the Indian state of Uttarakhand in the past week, devouring homes, shrines, roads and vehicles.

Uttarakhand's chief minister, Vijay Bahuguna, has described the disaster as a "Himalayan tsunami."

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June 20th, 2013
02:18 AM ET

Floods hit northern India, killing 150

Rescue workers in northern India are scrambling to save tens of thousands of people left stranded by devastating floods that have killed as many as 150 people in the region.

Triggered by unusually heavy monsoon rains, the floods have swept away buildings, roads and vehicles in the mountainous state of Uttarakhand, which borders Nepal and China.

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April 4th, 2013
05:08 PM ET

At least 9 dead in India building collapse

At least nine people were killed Thursday evening and more than 40 were injured when a building collapsed in Thane, India, sources told CNN sister network CNN-IBN. The seven-story building was under construction and was illegally occupied on the first four floors, Mumbai Suburban District Deputy Collector Manoj Gohad told CNN-IBN.

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April 2nd, 2013
03:30 AM ET

Indian court lifts travel ban on Italy envoy

The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday lifted its foreign travel ban on the Italian ambassador following Rome's recent decision to send two marines back to New Delhi where they face trial over the killing of two fishermen last year, a lawyer said.

The court barred Italian Ambassador Daniele Mancini from leaving India last month because of Rome's refusal at the time to return the two marines, who had been allowed to go home temporarily to vote in national elections.

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March 18th, 2013
01:10 AM ET

6 arrested in gang rape of Swiss tourist

Police have arrested six men following the gang rape of a Swiss woman in central India, officials said Monday.

Investigators have also recovered valuables stolen from the woman and her husband during the attack, Inspector-General S.M. Afzal said.

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March 16th, 2013
10:42 AM ET

Swiss camper in India gang-raped, police say

Police are investigating the gang-rape of a tourist in central India, the latest black eye for the country over violence against women.

A Swiss couple was camping near a forest in India's Datia district when a group of men beat the husband and raped his wife, the district's deputy superintendent of police, R.S. Prajapati, told CNN. There were between five and seven attackers, he said.

The couple arrived in Mumbai on February 3 and were on a cycling tour across the country, said D.K. Arya, deputy inspector general of police.

The attackers stole a laptop, 10,000 rupees (US $185) and a mobile phone, he said. The victims went to police and the woman was hospitalized and later released.

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Militants kill 5 in Kashmir attack
Indian paramilitary personnel carry away a fallen comrade in Srinagar on Wednesday.
March 13th, 2013
04:55 AM ET

Militants kill 5 in Kashmir attack

Militants killed five Indian officers at a police training camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir province on Wednesday, police said.

It was the first attack in the city of Srinagar in at least three years, CNN's sister network IBN reported.

It comes a month after the execution in India of a militant from Kashmir, who led an attack on the nation's parliament in 2001, killing nine people.

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March 1st, 2013
08:55 AM ET

Alleged rape of girl in India prompt protests

An alleged rape of a 7-year-old has sparked angry protests in New Delhi, India, with TV footage showing demonstrators pelting a bus with stones and smashing its windows.

Police are investigating the act, which allegedly occurred in the municipal school where the girl studied. Sexual assault on females is a hot-button issue in India the country still is reeling from the horrific allegations against five men and a juvenile who are accused of gang raping and murdering a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi in December.

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February 27th, 2013
02:08 AM ET

Fire kills 18 in India

A fire that swept through a six-story building in the east Indian city of Kolkata killed at least 18 people early Wednesday morning, authorities said.

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February 21st, 2013
11:43 AM ET

Bombs rock Hyderabad; deaths reported

Two bomb blasts killed at least 12 people and wounded 57 others on Thursday in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, Home Secretary R.K. Singh said.

Hyderabad's police commissioner Anurag Sharma didn't rule out the possibility of terror involvement in the city blasts.But he refused to identity any group as a suspect.

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February 21st, 2013
04:50 AM ET

Mother of 3 dead Indian girls wants hanging

The mother of three girls found dead at the bottom of a well in western India after allegedly being raped has called for those responsible for their deaths to be caught and publicly hanged.

The bodies of the three girls - aged 6, 9 and 11 - were found in the well in Bhandara district in Maharashtra state on Saturday after they had been reported missing two days earlier, said A.R. Tiwari, a local police inspector.

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