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Pakistan raids shed light on Times Square bomber

KARACHI, Pakistan — Security officials moved swiftly here to round up as many as eight associates of Faisal Shahzad, the American citizen of Pakistani origin who faces terrorism charges after admitting his role in a failed car-bomb attack Saturday night in Times Square. In a series of raids that stretched into the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday in this southern port city, friends and several family relatives were picked up for questioning, Pakistani authorities told the national media here.

India: Incest, or star-crossed love?

NEW DELHI, India — When a Haryana court handed down the death sentence to five family members this spring for murdering a young couple who'd married in violation of an arcane incest taboo, women's rights activists hailed the decision as a landmark judgment. But now a new challenge from the village councils that order such killings threatens to bring more violence. “They say those who marry despite blood and milk ties will be killed,” said Jagmati Sangwan, an activist with the local chapter of the All India Democratic Women's Association (AIDWA).

Boat clinics serve India's isolated island villages

GUWAHATI, India — We load up in an SUV and make our way through the streets of Guwahati. It is raining, and much of this major city in northeastern India is flooded. Cars, men pedaling rickshaws and our SUV slowly edge their way through the water-filled streets. The water looks orange, stained from the clay that has eroded from the surrounding hills. We are headed to meet a boat that will take us and a group of medical staff to a remote island on the Brahmaputra River.

Surviving culprit found guilty in Mumbai attacks

Ajmal Amir Kasab, caught red-handed after the terrorist attacks on Mumbai on Nov. 26, 2008, was found guilty of the murder of 166 Indians and foreigners by a special court in Mumbai Monday, the Times of India reports. Two Indian who were accused as accomplices, Faheem Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh, were acquitted due to lack of evidence. Arguments on sentencing will be heard tomorrow, with the prosecution likely to seek the death penalty.

10 worst man-made environmental disasters

NEW YORK — The oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is now about the size of Puerto Rico. It's already reached the marshes of Louisiana. Oil-covered wildlife are starting to show up along the shores. Shrimp, fish and oyster harvest areas have been closed. Residents of Mississippi and Alabama are just waiting for the oil to hit. As environmental calamity for the Gulf Coast appears imminent, GlobalPost looks at 10 other man-made environmental disasters — both forgotten and infamous — that could have been prevented.

The business of sports: Cue the cricket

BANGALORE, India — Anjali Rai Hamilton, a realtor based in Bangalore, is hooked on cricket, specifically the Indian Premier League (IPL). She follows the matches, conveniently scheduled in the late evenings. Many of Hamilton’s friends are recent cricket fans, and together they root for the home team Royal Challengers.

Cambodian magic men and women

Indonesia: no porn, no trash-talking Islam

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s Constitutional Court held dozens of hearings and heard testimonies from more than 50 religious experts of all stripes during its six month review of the country’s divisive blasphemy law. And there, protesting outside every last hearing was the enigmatic Islamic Defender’s Front — a violent militant group most famous for attacking a peaceful rally for religious pluralism in Jakarta in 2008.

Gangster life: Taiwan's real-life Sopranos

The Delhi cops' cunning plan

The Delhi Police have come up with a cunning plan to save money recovered as evidence. Instead of keeping it in the unwisely named "safe room" where they say it decays or is eaten by insects, the department is now going to invest the confiscated funds in fixed deposits. Folks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirms that termites do indeed eat money.  But I'm compelled to reflect on the similar African phrase (which comes to me via Chinua Achebe).
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