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Modi lays out terms for India-Pakistan talks

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has underscored his readiness to restart bilateral talks with nuclear rival Pakistan, but insisted that such negotiations must be held "without a shadow of terrorism".

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Graft lands top Indian official in jail

Jayalalithaa JayaramAn Indian court has sentenced the top elected official of the southern state of Tamil Nadu to four years in prison for corruption in a case that was filed 18 years ago.

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Report: Torture widespread in #Uzbekistan

Torture of political prisoners is widespread in Uzbekistan, a Central Asian country courted by the West as a transit point for forces fighting in Afghanistan, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) says.

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#Pakistan test fires Short Range Surface to Surface Missile

Rawalpindi - September 26, 2014: Pakistan today conducted a successful test fire of Short Range Surface to Surface Missile Hatf IX (NASR).

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Taliban fighters storm #Afghanistan district

GhazniHundreds of Taliban fighters have stormed a district southwest of the Afghan capital and officials say the area is in danger of falling to the armed group after five days of fighting.

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India's Mars orbiter sends first image

India's space agency has released a blurry image of Mars pockmarked with giant craters, taken by the country's first interplanetary spacecraft after it began orbiting the red planet.

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Scottish man on death row shot in #Pakistan

A 70-year-old British national, sentenced to death in Pakistan for committing blasphemy, is being treated in hospital after he was shot and wounded in prison, officials said.

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#India triumphs with first mission to #Mars

An Indian spacecraft has reached Mars and entered the planet's orbit, in a historic feat crowning India as the first country to execute such a mission in its maiden attempt.

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India's top court scraps illegal coal blocks

India's top court has cancelled 214 of the 218 government permits for coal mines allocated since 1993 after the licensing process was deemed illegal.

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Fatal drone attack hits Pakistani tribal area

North WaziristanA suspected US drone has fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local fighters in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border, killing 10 of them, Pakistani officials said.

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#Pakistan appoints new spy chief

Pakistan has named a new head of its main intelligence agency, considered the second most powerful official in the military after the army chief.

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