By Niniek Karmini The Associated Press JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Muslims have begun fasting for the start of the Ramadan holy month in Indonesia, Malaysia, and elsewhere around Asia, but the somber occasion was marred in Buddhist-dominated Thailand by two bomb blasts that killed one person and injured seven.
Calif. town shocked by former Indian soldier’s murder-suicide
By Gosia Wozniacka The Associated Press SELMA, Calif. (AP) — News of a murder-suicide that left four family members dead raced through a tight-knit Indian community in a small California agricultural town, as police tried to determine why a former Indian army officer opened fire on his family before killing himself.
Judge dismisses lawsuit against “Three Cups” author
By Matt Volz the Associated Press HELENA, Montana (AP) — A federal judge dismissed a civil lawsuit against author Greg Mortenson, calling claims “flimsy and speculative” that the humanitarian and his publisher lied in his best-selling “Three Cups of Tea” and “Stones Into Schools” to boost book sales.
Women’s voices amplified in “Yoni Ki Baat”
By Tiffany Ran Northwest Asian Weekly Before the Yoni Ki Baat (YKB) women discussed their vaginas, they sat around nervously at
Pulitzer Prize winner Sheryl WuDunn raises awareness of gender inequity in Seattle
By James Tabafunda NORTHWEST ASIAN WEEKLY The title of Sheryl WuDunn’s 2009 New York Times bestseller “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide” comes from a Chinese proverb that says “Women hold up half the sky.” Last May, her appearance at the University of Oregon expanded on women’s importance in the world […]
9/11 hate crime victim’s kin become U.S. citizens
By Samantha Henry The Associated Press WEST WINDSOR, N.J. (AP) — Anum Hasan has seen many conflicting visions of America: the hope of a better life that brought her family from Pakistan and the hate-filled act that ended her father’s life in the name of American vengeance. An outpouring of compassion that her family has […]
In family horror, some see an East–West culture clash
By Charmaine Noronha The Associated Press TORONTO (AP) — On a summer morning in 2009, in canal locks east of Toronto, police made a grisly discovery. In a submerged Nissan car were the bodies of three teenage sisters and a 52-year-old woman.
N. Parthasarathi is new consul general of India, San Francisco
N. Parthasarathi joined the Consulate General of India in San Francisco on Oct. 13, replacing Susmita Thomas. From October 2008 to September 2011, Parthasarathi served as Ambassador of India to Senegal. He was also concurrently accredited as Ambassador of India to Mali, Mauritania, Guinea Bissau, and Cape Verde islands, as well as high commissioner of […]
Pakistan stars pay for overstepping the mark
By Simon Haydon The Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The fixing scandal that saw three Pakistani cricket stars led away to prison Nov. 3 more than a year ago when one of the players literally overstepped the mark on a damp summer’s day in London.
Health officials say India is close to wiping out polio
By Nirmala George The Associated Press NEW DELHI (AP) — India has not had a case of polio in nine months, raising hopes the country is on the verge of defeating the disease, health officials said Monday, Oct. 24.