Lata Mangeshkar, Singing Voice for Generations of Bollywood Actresses, Dies at 92

Lata Mangeshkar, a beloved Indian singer who enthralled generations of Bollywood audiences as the singing voice behind many actresses’ performances, died on Sunday at Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai, India. She was 92. She died of complications from Covid-19 after weeks of hospitalization, said Pratit Samdani, a doctor at the hospital, according to Indian news … Read more

Fahad Shah, Editor in Kashmir, Is Arrested

NEW DELHI – The editor of a news website has been arrested in Kashmir, in what critics called the latest example of a wave of harassment of journalists by the authorities in the troubled region. The editor, Fahad Shah of The Kashmir Walla, was arrested on Friday after being summoned by the police, said Yashraj … Read more

Some people in a cheering crowd called for her to be raped. Many were women

But perhaps the most shocking aspect of the attack in a Delhi neighborhood last month is that video shared on social media shows that most of the baying mob were women. At least 12 people have been arrested by the Delhi police, eight of whom are women. Two are minors. Police have not brought charges … Read more

Hotteok’s warm, sticky-sweet rebirth

The hardest part about eating hotteok is the wait, said chef Judy Joo. It takes a few minutes for the hot sugar encased in crunchy, chewy pancakes to change from a mouth-burning melted goo to a hot, gooey goodness. As a child, she visited Seoul stalls that sold Korean sweets during the winter. “It was … Read more

In Beijing, the Olympic Show and the Global Power Games

BEIJING – Chinese leader, Xi Jinping, opened the Olympic Games on Friday with the aim of celebrating his country’s increasingly secure global status while defiantly siding with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir V. Putin, in a competition increasingly ideological with the United States and its allies. As President Biden and other Democratic leaders avoided the opening … Read more

India’s Latest Covid Surge May Be Declining, Officials Say

NEW DELHI – After weeks of a deadly coronavirus surge most likely fueled by the highly transmissible Omicron variant, Indian health officials said that the number of cases appeared to be declining, even as daily numbers remained high in some parts of the country. “We are seeing the pandemic situation has improved,” Dr. VK Paul, … Read more

Afghan universities reopen to female students but with strict rules on mixing

The Taliban administration has not officially announced its plan for female university students, but education officials said women were permitted to attend classes on the condition they were separated from male students. Khalil Ahmad Bihsudwal, the head of Nangarhar University, told Reuters male and female students at the institution would attend separate classes. A female … Read more

Pelosi Warns US Olympic Athletes Not to Anger China With Protests

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi discouraged Olympic athletes from protesting at the opening ceremony in Beijing on Thursday, saying that it wasn’t worth the risk of reprisal from a “ruthless” Chinese government. Pelosi said that she and other politicians would speak out against China’s human rights record, but that athletes would be at risk if they … Read more

Mount Everest has lost 2,000 years’ worth of ice in less than three decades

The findings serve as a warning that rapid glacier melt at some of the Earth’s highest points could bring worsening climate impacts, including more frequent avalanches and a drying-up of water sources that around 1.6 billion people in mountain ranges depend on for drinking, irrigation and hydropower. Ice that took around 2,000 years to form … Read more

Your Friday Briefing: Biden Calls Death of ISIS Leader a Warning

We’re covering the pre-dawn raid to kill an ISIS leader, and Russia’s response to the US troop deployment. Biden calls ISIS leader death a warning to terrorists President Biden said on Thursday that the leader of the Islamic State died during a raid by US Special Operations commandos in a predawn attack in northwest Syria. … Read more