Smog veils Central Asian capitals as smoky stoves choke locals | AFP

Dark smog covers Almaty and Bishkek in Central Asia, where air pollution regularly soars to levels comparable to New Delhi and Lahore, despite the cities’ relative lack of industry and smallish populations.

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Modi party heads for defeat in key New Delhi election | AFP

Followers of an upstart Indian political party dance in the streets as early results from a key election in the capital show they are inflicting a crushing defeat on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Muslim women protest India’s new citizenship law

In New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh neighborhood, beside open sewers and electric wires dangling dangerously, a group of Muslim women in colorful headscarves sit in resistance to a new citizenship law that has unleashed protests across the country. (Jan. 24)

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India’s road-block women vow to fight on against citizenship law | AFP

Women in New Delhi brave the freezing cold to help block one of the main roads into the capital of India, in a protest that is at the forefront of a rising challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. For nearly four weeks, more than 200 women have sat and slept across the four-lane road between Delhi and the satellite city Noida, gaining nationwide attention as protests erupted across India over a controversial citizenship law that critics say is anti-Muslim.

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Fire and building collapse at Delhi warehouse | AFP

A New Delhi factory collapses on firefighters tackling the third major blaze in the Indian capital in less than a month, injuring twelve people. IMAGES

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‘Anti-Muslim’ law protests continue as India marks New Year | AFP

Over a thousand people in New Delhi turn up to demonstrate against a controversial citizenship law and a proposed national register of citizens – both branded as ‘anti-Muslim’ – as protests continue into 2020 despite attempts by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to quell them since they broke out almost three weeks ago.

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Protests continue despite police clampdown in New Delhi | AFP

Police officers detain protesters in buses and police vans as they demonstrate in New Delhi against a citizenship law considered anti-Muslim. Twenty-seven people have died in two weeks of at times violent demonstrations after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government made it easier for non-Muslims from three countries to be naturalised.

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Back to pre-internet stone age in offline Indian Kashmir | AFP

In remote Indian Kashmir people have been offline since August, lining up for hours to pay bills or using government “internet kiosks”. As protests rage in other areas of India, it’s something people outside the Himalayan region are also getting a taste of. Indian authorities, who according to activists lead the world when it comes to cutting the internet, snapped Kashmir’s access when New Delhi scrapped the region’s seven-decade-old autonomy.

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The blind stumble on Delhi’s mean streets | AFP

Tapping his white cane, Vinod Kumar Sharma spends four hours a day running the gauntlet of crowded trains and New Delhi’s congested, potholed and often pavement-less roads. He is one of an estimated eight million blind people in India who make up 20 percent of the global total, according to the World Health Organization.

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One of the last Urdu calligraphers in Delhi | AFP

Mohammad Ghalib has been hand-writing sign boards to wedding invitations on the streets of New Delhi. He is one of the last known Urdu calligraphers in the dying profession.

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Tourists flock to Taj Mahal despite India pollution crisis | AFP

Thousands of tourists stream in to visit the Taj Mahal – the iconic 17th century marble mausoleum – as hazardous smog blankets New Delhi and north India.

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Air pollution | AFP Animé

Videographic on air pollution. Millions of people in India’s capital New Delhi started the week choking through “eye-burning” smog, with schools closed, cars taken off the road and construction halted.

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Protest for action against pollution as Delhi chokes under smog | AFP

Protestors gather in India’s capital to demonstrate for action against pollution as New Delhi is enveloped in heavy, toxic smog — the worst levels in recent years — with flights diverted or delayed as politicians blame each other for failing to tackle the crisis.

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New Delhi under “severe pollution” smog | AFP

India gate and other Delhi monuments are hidden by the smog as air in the Indian capital, a noxious cocktail of industrial and vehicle emissions and agricultural smoke from the surrounding regions, is rated as severe. Especially hazardous levels of particulates smaller than 2.5 microns, so tiny they can enter the bloodstream, were 19 times the World Health Organisation’s safe maximum, data from the US embassy website showed.

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