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Attacks stoke India-Pakistan tensions

NEW DELHI | The deadly terrorist attacks on Bombay last week threaten to reverse a gradually warming relationship between South Asia's two nuclear-armed rivals.

Terrorists planned a 9/11 in India

NEW DELHI | Ten terrorists who launched a wave of deadly attacks on Bombay last week wanted to create an Indian 9/11 and kill 5,000 people, according to a state official and information obtained from one of the captured gunmen.

2 Virginians among 160 dead in Bombay

NEW DELHI | Sporadic gunfire continued Saturday in the historic Taj Mahal hotel as one of the worst terrorist sprees in India's commercial capital drew to a close.

By Saturday morning, the death toll had risen to 160, including five Americans.

Shaken India points finger at 'neighbors'

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday blamed militant groups in neighboring countries [-] almost certainly Pakistan [-] for plotting a series of terrorist attacks in the country's financial capital of Bombay, as commandos fought to regain control of the city and the death toll exceeded 125.

125 dead in 'India's 9/11'; siege at Taj over

India's armed services, working in tandem with police, elite commandoes and anti-terrorism squads, had been engaged in a bloody battle Thursday with terrorists who held hostages and who overnight transformed the bustling metropolis of Bombay into a city frozen by fear. Authorities said the death toll from the terrorist attacks, dubbed "India's 9/11" by the local media, stood at 125, including at least six foreigners, by Thursday evening.

G-20 battles division

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, warning that a slowdown of growth in the developing countries will push millions of people back into poverty and have an adverse effect on nutrition, health and education levels, on Saturday said it was imperative that growth in these countries was not affected.

Fashion designer Anand Jon convicted of sexual assault

Anand Jon has dressed celebrities across America in his creations. Now the Indian-born designer faces the prospect of donning an unimpressive prison jumpsuit, probably for the rest of his life.

Obama’s call, a sigh of relief for India

It will probably go down as the most-anticipated phone call in the history of US-India relations. On Wednesday, President-elect Barack Obama finally spoke to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh prompting a sigh of relief from those concerned that India may not be a priority for the incoming leader of the US.

Obama admn likely to have many Indophiles

India is likely to have many friends in a future Barack Obama administration. Even a cursory glance at the names doing the rounds for top positions in President-elect Obama's Cabinet reveals many individuals who are at the very least mindful of the importance of the US-India relationship.

India, Pakistan: Obama may opt for dehyphenation

Washington: In the days after Barack Obama's historic election as the 44th President of the United States of America and its first black leader, there is anticipation of a seismic foreign policy shift and nations around the globe are wondering what an Obama presidency means for them. US-India relations, jump-started by the historic March 2000 visit to India by President Bill Clinton, and then carried to dizzying heights under President George W. Bush are unlikely to slow down.

Purple Inherits

The Civil War has ended. The 21st century has just begun.

"He Must Demonstrate Democracy Isn't A Cloak For Pursuing US Goals"

The importance of Obama's win, areas his administration is likely to focus on and what it will mean for US-India relations.

'More Has Been Read Into Kashmir Mediation Than Obama Intended'

Karl Inderfurth, an assistant secretary of state in the Clinton administration, is a key foreign policy advisor to Barack Obama, guiding him past the landmines of America's South Asia policy. He spoke to Ashish Kumar Sen on US-India relations. Excerpts:

Indian American Sonal Shah in Obama’s advisory team

President-elect Barack Obama has appointed an Indian-American, Sonal Shah, to his advisory board to assist in the smooth transition of power and many other Indian-Americans are also likely to play key roles in the Obama Administration.

‘Change has come’

History was made on Tuesday night as the United States of America decisively elected its first black president turning the page on an ugly past of racial prejudice and opening a chapter of hope and change. Barack Obama, a one-term Democratic senator from Illinois, trounced his Republican opponent, John McCain, by capturing key battleground states.

Obama opens with a landslide

Voters waited patiently outside St.Mary’s Court polling station in Northwest Washington, D.C., in a line that snaked around the block soon after polls opened at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.
In what may perhaps be a sign of the change coming to America, a tiny New Hampshire town voted 15-6 for Barack Obama, the first time it has voted for a Democrat since 1968. The town of Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, has a 60-year tradition of being first in the nation to vote and polls, which opened at midnight had a 100% turnout. Similar turnout was expected across the country.

Obama has solid lead, McCain is ‘back’

As one curtain comes down on two years of intense and at times bitter campaigning, another will go up on a new era in US politics as millions of Americans will go to the polls on Tuesday to elect their 44th President. They will make history regardless of whom they elect. A victory for Democratic nominee Barack Obama will make him America’s first black President, while a triumph for Republican nominee John McCain will make him the oldest.