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#India PM picks up broom in cleaning campaign

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined millions of schoolchildren, officials and ordinary people, who have picked up brooms and dustpans in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets.

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Afghan president reopens bank scandal inquiry

Afghanistan's new president has re-opened an inquiry into the theft of almost $1bn from the Kabul Bank, which led to the collapse of the business, a national financial crisis and claims of high-level corruption.

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Suicide bombers attack Afghan army buses

Two suicide attackers have targeted military buses in the Afghan capital Kabul killing at least seven people, just a day after the new government signed a security pact with the United States.

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US and #Afghanistan sign security pact

Afghanistan has signed a long-delayed security deal which will allow some US troops to stay in the country next year, signalling that newly-inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani intends to repair frayed ties with Washington.

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#Pakistan arrests dozens of Indian fishermen

Pakistan has arrested 25 Indian fisherman for violating the territorial waters of the country, its maritime security agency has said.

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Hundreds arrested after #India sectarian riot

More than 200 people have been arrested after one man was stabbed and more than a dozen others injured as Hindus and Muslims clashed in the Indian state of Gujarat over a post on Facebook, officials have said.

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Jailed Indian politician to file appeal

Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the former chief minister of India's southern state of Tamil Nadu, who was jailed on Saturday over a corruption case, will be filing an appeal against her sentence, her representative has said.

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Taliban launch attack in Afghanistan's Paktia

A group of Taliban suicide bombers has attacked a local government headquarters in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing 12 people, as the country's new president was preparing to be sworn in.

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Profile: Ashraf Ghani

Ashraf Ghani

Ashraf Ghani has been inaugurated as the new president of Afghanistan, in the country's first democratic transfer of power since the 2001 US-led invasion toppled the Taliban.

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Ashraf Ghani sworn in as Afghan president

Ashraf GhaniAshraf Ghani has been sworn is as the new president of Afghanistan in a lavish ceremony at the presidential palace in Kabul, ending months of turmoil over a fraud tainted election.

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Blast rocks Kabul diplomatic area

An explosion has injured at least one person in the diplomatic quarter of the Afghan capital, a day before the inauguration of a new president.

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