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#India summons US envoy over spying claim

India has summoned a top US diplomat in New Dehli to complain for the third time about spying, following new claims that the National Security Agency (NSA) targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party.

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#Pakistan passes tough anti-terrorism law

security forcesPakistan has passed a law giving security forces sweeping powers to clamp down on terrorism, but many activists and politicians have described the provisions as draconian.

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Indian Shias sign up to fight in #Iraq

A top Shia group in India has called for thousands of volunteers to travel to Iraq to fight "terrorism" by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) rebels, "protect Shia shrines" and "look after" the wounded, the group members said.

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Taliban hold territory after Afghan offensive

The Taliban has established a foothold in southern Afghanistan in a 10-day battle against Afghan forces, locals said, as the army and police struggle to prove they can defeat the fighters without NATO help.

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#India launches foreign satellites into space

India's domestically-produced Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) has blasted off from the southern spaceport of Sriharikota, carrying satellites from France, Germany, Canada and Singapore.

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#Pakistan launches ground war in Waziristan

North WaziristanPakistan has launched a ground offensive against rebel strongholds near the Afghan border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the tribal region, the army has said.

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#India detains two in building collapse probe

Police in southern India have detained two construction company directors as rescuers continued searching for missing workers in one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 22 people.

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Sri Lanka arrests eight over riots

Sri Lankan police have arrested key suspects accused of fuelling religious riots and looting, as minority Muslims expressed fears of more unrest ahead of Ramadan, officials said.

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Trapped Indian nurses in Iraq 'safe'

All the 46 Indian nurses stuck in an Iraqi hospital are safe and adequate assistance has been provided to them after some shortage of funds was being reported, India's foreign ministry officials have said.

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Building collapses kill many in #India

Two building collapses in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu states have killed at least 11 people and left dozens trapped, highlighting the need for increased monitoring of construction across India where such incidents are common.

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#Pakistan family kills couple for marrying

honour killingsA young couple in Pakistan has been tied up and had their throats slit with scythes after they married for love, police have said in what is the latest reported case of so-called "honour killings" in the country.

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