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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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New Afghan president hails election deal

Ashraf GhaniAfghanistan's new President-elect Ashraf Ghani congratulated the country on what he called its first democratic transfer of power, with the Taliban, an Islamic movement which took control and continues to fight in Afghanistan, rejecting the pact.

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Ashraf Ghani declared winner of Afghan poll

Ashraf GhaniAfghanistan's election commission has declared Ashraf Ghani as the winner of the country's disputed presidential election.

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Afghan rivals reach unity government deal

Afghanistan's two rival presidential candidates have agreed to sign a power-sharing agreement, a senior government official said, ending a prolonged stand-off over the disputed June 14 election.

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Modi: Al-Qaeda's South Asia plan 'delusional'

India's prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was "delusional" to think the country's Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country.

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Liberal academic killed in Pakistan's Karachi

A professor of Islam known for his liberal religious views has been killed in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, officials say, two years after he was labelled an "apostate" in a text-message campaign.

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Pope approves Sri Lanka's first saint

Pope Francis has approved Sri Lanka's first saint, an Indian missionary credited with reviving the Catholic Church on the  island during persecution by Dutch colonial rulers, according to church officials.

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