• State backs athletes who could miss Rio due to power failure

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The Olympic ambitions of two Indian sprinters are in jeopardy after a power failure at a weekend qualifying event prevented electronic timing, and their hand-timed performances — good enough to make the team for Rio de Janeiro — do not count.

  • In this Monday, April 25, 2016 photo, a Pakistani policeman stands guard outside the 300-year-old gurdwara or place of worship for Pakistan's Sikh minority, in Peshawar. While Sikhs celebrated the opening of their gurdwara, its neighbors all of whom are Muslim told The Associated Press that they either didn't want them there or were worried that an attack by militants was certain to happen. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

    Pakistani Sikhs open temple after 73 years, risking attacks

    PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — An armed policeman stood guard outside the 300-year-old Sikh temple, known as a gurdwara, in northwest Pakistan. He kept a watchful eye on everyone who passed him on the narrow street, looking for a suspicious gesture, or a bulge beneath the clothes that hints at a hidden gun or a bomb.

  • In this Jan. 17, 2016 photo, an Indian woman chants Buddhist prayers in New Delhi, India. Chanting Buddhist mantras is catching on among India’s urban elite as a way to relieve stress. Most are Hindu, but they don’t see a conflict between their religious beliefs and the chanting, which some find soothing, others invigorating. The practice seems to be growing mostly by word of mouth, with practitioners chanting daily and getting together for monthly chanting sessions in various locations. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

    Indians take to Buddhist chanting to alleviate urban stress

    NEW DELHI (AP) — The bank executive, the book publisher and the social worker had one thing in common: Their hectic lives in the crowded Indian capital had become so chaotic and stressful, they’ve turned to chanting Buddhist mantras in search of calm.

  • In this April 29, 2015 file photo, an aerial view of the city is seen from a helicopter in Kathmandu, Nepal. A year after a set of devastating earthquakes plunged Nepal into chaos and economic decline, one question remains on everyone’s mind: what if it happens again? Scientists have been warning Nepal and other Himalayan countries for years that quake risks in the region are high. But while citizens are preparing for the worst by building sturdier homes and stockpiling emergency supplies, experts say officials still have a long way to go in preparing for possible, if not probable, disaster.  (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

    Nepal has done little to protect itself from next ‘big one’

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Last year’s massive earthquake in Nepal killed nearly 9,000 people, yet could have been much deadlier. It was spared not by disaster preparedness, but by the calendar.

  • FILE- In this Feb. 27, 2013 file photo, Indian business tycoon and owner of Kingfisher Airlines Vijay Mallya gets into his car outside the Parliament in New Delhi, India.  India has revoked the passport of the flamboyant Indian businessman Mallya accused of fleeing to London in March while owing more than a billion dollars to Indian banks. External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said Sunday, April 24, 2016 that the decision to revoke Mallya's passport was taken considering the evidence gathered by India's Enforcement Directorate, which has been investigating the tycoon's massive debts. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das, file)

    India revokes passport of tycoon who owes a billion dollars

    NEW DELHI (AP) — India on Sunday revoked the passport of a flamboyant Indian businessman accused of fleeing to London in March while owing more than a billion dollars to Indian banks.