Modi’s Party Loses Control of Key Indian State

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s governing party has suffered a big setback in western Maharashtra state after its longtime ally broke away and joined two other parties to form the new state government.   The Shiv Sena split with Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday and decided to form a coalition government with the BJP’s …

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  Blanket of Smog Covers India’s Capital   

A blanket of smog has once again enshrouded India’s capital after a weekend of clearer air and  better weather. The morning air quality index Monday at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi was 497.AQI between 301 and 500 is considered “hazardous” for all population groups.  It is not measured past 500.Air quality is considered good when …

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Key Afghan Presidential Candidate Demands Halt to Vote Recount

A frontrunner in Afghanistan’s recently held presidential election called Sunday for immediately halting a recount of the vote, casting aspersions on the integrity and legitimacy of the already delayed electoral process.Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah made the demand a day after unilaterally withdrawing his team’s election observers from the recounting process ahead of Thursday’s scheduled …

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