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Pakistan and Taliban in face-to-face talks

Face-to-face talks between the Pakistani government and the Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan [TTP] have begun in an attempt to halt years of violent attacks across the country.

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India's Congress unveils poll manifesto

India's ruling Congress party has unveiled its election manifesto, promising a slew of pro-poor measures, including homes and health care for all.

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Top court slams Indian state for riots

India's top court has criticised the government of Uttar Pradesh state for failing to prevent riots in Muzaffarnagar last year that resulted in the deaths of about 60 people.

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UN considers probe into Sri Lanka atrocities

Rights body debates report on alleged war crimesSri Lanka faces renewed condemnation at the United Nations' top human rights body, as a resolution for an international criminal investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by government soldiers is being debated in Geneva.

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Pakistan rejects Afghan hotel attack claims

Pakistan has said it is "highly disturbing" to see what is said were attempts by Afghanistan to implicate it in last week's attack on a Kabul hotel in which nine civilians were shot dead by armed men.

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Kejriwal to challenge Modi in Varanasi

The leader of a fledgling Indian anti-corruption party announced his plans on Tuesday to stand against the election frontrunner and opposition leader, Narendra Modi, in the holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state.

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Taliban attacks Kabul election office

The Afghan capital is on high alert with presidential elections less than two weeks away [AP]Suicide bombers and gunmen have attacked an election commission office beside the home of Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai and engaged in a lengthy gun battle with security forces, less than two weeks before a presidential poll.

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Sri Lanka army admits torture of women

Sri Lanka's military admitted soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits, a rare admission of guilt after years of allegations over its personnel's treatment of Tamil rebels during an uprising.

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Scores killed in Pakistan multi-vehicle crash

A collision between two passenger buses and a petrol tanker has killed 35 people in southwest Pakistan, officials said, with many of the victims burning to death.

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Foreigners among dead in Kabul hotel attack

At least nine people, including a journalist and his family, and a foreign election observer were killed in a Taliban attack on a luxury hotel in Kabul on Thursday.

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Life sentence for Mumbai gang-rape convicts

An Indian court has sentenced four men to life in jail for gang-raping a woman in Mumbai last year.

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