Lauren Frayer

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Britain and the world say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II with a state funeral

Monday, September 19, 2022

Nearly 2,000 people crowded Westminster Abbey for the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. A long procession through London carried her coffin to a final resting place at Windsor Castle, 25 miles away.


India held day of mourning for the queen, but many are indifferent to her death

Saturday, September 17, 2022

India held a day of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. But her death has largely prompted indifference, or even anger, in the Commonwealth's biggest country.


Heads of China, Russia and India were among the world leaders at security forum

Friday, September 16, 2022

China's Xi Jinping, Russia's Vladimir Putin and India's Narendra Modi are among the world leaders in Uzbekistan for a security forum. What unites them is a distrust of the American-led world order.


As India turns 75, Muslim girls are suing to wear the hijab — and protect secularism

Wednesday, August 24, 2022

When her high school banned the hijab, Ayesha Shifa sued. Her case went to India's Supreme Court. A verdict, expected soon, could redefine what secularism means in the world's largest democracy.


Why a Chinese ship's arrival in Sri Lanka has caused alarm in India and the West

Friday, August 19, 2022

A Chinese survey ship docked this week at the Hambantota port, built with Chinese loans. Some worry the ship's arrival may signal the start of militarization of Chinese infrastructure in Sri Lanka.


China's ties with Sri Lanka raise concerns about control of global trade

Thursday, August 18, 2022

As Sri Lanka negotiates an IMF bailout, another creditor waits in the wings: China. Beijing has funded infrastructure on the island, and it is poised to invest more. That makes the West nervous.


75 years after leaving British rule, India's democracy is on the line

Monday, August 15, 2022

As India turns 75, its democracy — the world's largest — is under threat from authoritarian rule.


India is celebrating 75 years of independence from Britain

Monday, August 15, 2022

More than seven decades ago, colonial India was partitioned into two new nations — Muslim-majority Pakistan and Hindu-majority India. There was a massive migration between the two — and bloodshed.


Encore: Virtual reality brings Indian and Pakistani residents back home

Sunday, August 14, 2022

With virtual reality headsets, elderly survivors of the partition between India and Pakistan are getting 360-degree views of their long-lost homes — on opposite sides of the international border.


75 years after India's violent Partition, survivors can cross the border — virtually

Saturday, August 13, 2022

A virtual reality project helps survivors of India's Partition glimpse long-lost birthplaces they fled as children. Fraught relations between India and Pakistan mean they can't visit in person.


YouTube videos are helping reunite loved ones separated by the India-Pakistan border

Friday, August 12, 2022

Two Pakistani friends make videos in which those who lived through India's 1947 Partition describe loved ones they lost at the time. With viewers' help, siblings and others are reunited after decades.


Sri Lanka hopes its tea exports may play a role in its economic recovery

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Sri Lanka is paying some foreign debts with tea, rather than cash. But an abrupt ban on chemical fertilizers has hurt crop yields and tea pickers are losing hours and wages as food prices double.


Many Sri Lankans have switched to cycling due to the economic crisis

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

Fuel shortages have forced many Sri Lankans to ditch their cars and cycle instead. Colombo's mayor unveiled new bike paths. Doctors & environmentalists call it a silver lining, but will it last?


In Sri Lanka, inflation means food shortages, blackouts — and days-long lines for gas

Wednesday, August 03, 2022

Sri Lanka offers a cautionary tale for countries struggling with inflation. Anger over fuel lines spilled into the streets and toppled a government. Will nationalism surge, or unity prevail?


As rolling blackouts and food shortages continue, Sri Lanka weighs IMF bailout

Sunday, July 31, 2022

The new government in Sri Lanka has resumed bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund, but rolling blackouts and food and fuel shortages continue.


India is seeing international backlash after spokeswoman's comments on Islam

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

The diplomatic uproar across the Muslim world is growing, after a spokeswoman for India's ruling party made derogatory remarks insulting the Prophet Muhammad.


Virtual reality brings Indian and Pakistani residents back home

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

With virtual reality headsets, elderly survivors of the partition between India and Pakistan are getting 360-degree views of their long-lost homes – on opposite sides of the international border.


Bangladesh container depot fire kills nearly 50 people and injures hundreds

Monday, June 06, 2022

A massive fire near a port in southeastern Bangladesh has killed more than 49 people and injured 200 others. The fire broke out at an import-export container depot.


Delhi — where most people don't have AC — hits 120 degrees in South Asian heat wave

Thursday, May 19, 2022

What's it like to try to survive 120-degree heat, without air conditioning? Here's how people are coping in the heart of Delhi.


Sri Lanka's president sends tanks into streets and refuses to step down

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Even while the curfew was lifted, tanks patroled the streets amid a state of emergency. The Indian Ocean nation faces a political vacuum — on top of a severe economic crisis.