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Saturday

An aerial view shows Gyanvapi mosque (left) and Kashi Vishwanath temple on the banks of the Ganges River in Varanasi, India. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP hide caption

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A Hindu-Muslim dispute tests centuries of interfaith culture in India's Varanasi

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Thursday

A city in India has been a melting pot of different faiths. What's testing that?

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Saturday

A vendor in Old Delhi mixes a pink beverage of Rooh Afza diluted with milk. Sushmita Pathak for NPR hide caption

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Across South Asia, this sweet drink is synonymous with summertime refreshment

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Gautam Adani, billionaire and chairman of Adani Group, speaks during an event at Israel's Port of Haifa, on Tuesday. The Indian billionaire, whose business empire was rocked by allegations of fraud by short seller Hindenburg Research, said his company will make more investments in Israel. Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Female community health care workers protest in New Delhi, India, in August 2020. The women are part of a government program called Accredited Social Health Activists — and are demanding higher pay and better working conditions. In May, the program won an award from the World Health Organization. T. Narayan/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Around the world, the dawn-to-dusk daily Ramadan fast — expected to start this week — is usually followed by a feast. In Hyderabad, that feast is dominated by a special dish called haleem — a steaming mixture of goat meat, lentils, wheat and spices that cooks for hours. Sushmita Pathak/NPR hide caption

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Breaking the Ramadan fast: In one city, a special stew with goat and rose petals

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Wednesday

In southern India, haleem is a cherished Ramadan tradition — and not just for Muslims

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Saturday

Being a female journalist and a Dalit, Meera Devi is no stranger to discrimination and threats of violence. "I have got threats against my life. There have been threats against shutting down our newspaper. They raise doubts about my reporting and investigate if I'm really a journalist." Black Ticket Films hide caption

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Monday

Popular Bollywood singer, Lata Mangeshkar, dies at 92

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Thursday

People watch a laser show on the banks of the river Sarayu during Deepotsav celebrations on the eve of the Hindu festival of Diwali in Ayodhya on Wednesday. The five-day festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness. Sanjay Kanojia/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Wednesday

Vinisha Umashankar and her solar ironing cart. She came up with the idea when she was 12 — then worked with engineers to create a prototype. Now she's in Glasgow, Scotland, to speak at the COP26 climate change conference. Umashankar Sathyakumar hide caption

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Umashankar Sathyakumar

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The last Quad meeting, in March, was virtual. President Biden, Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister (top right), Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister (bottom left), and Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, will meet in person in the U.S. on Friday. Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

India's Vaccination Drive Has Gathered Speed, But Millions Remain Vulnerable

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Tuesday

In this screen grab from video posted by BBC News Hindi, Jyoti Kumari, then 15, rides with her father during their 700-mile journey to their family's village of Sirhulli in eastern India. BBC News Hindi hide caption

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Performing last rites before the cremation of a family member who died of COVID-19. Anupam Nath/AP hide caption

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India's Pandemic Death Toll Estimated At About 4 Million: 10 Times The Official Count

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India's COVID-19 Death Toll May Be 10 Times The Official Figure, Study Suggests

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Saturday

Edward Theatre's entrance, as seen from the street opened in 1914 in Kalbadevi, and was named after King Edward V, who visited Mumbai the same year. It initially started with stage plays, with a total of 509 wooden seats, distributed between three separate levels. Until a few years ago, the theatre turned cinema hall, played mostly B- grade Bollywood films. Viraj Nayar for NPR hide caption

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India's Single-Screen Cinemas Were Struggling Before COVID-19. Now They're Dying Out

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Asha Gond (center right) rides her skateboard. When she first began skateboarding, neighbors would catcall that skateboarding is for boys and urge her parents to marry her off. Vicky Roy hide caption

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