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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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Taliban claims attack on luxury Kabul hotel

Four Taliban fighters entered a luxury hotel in Kabul before being shot dead, officials said, adding that three people were wounded as guests were rushed to reinforced safe rooms.

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Four convicted for raping Indian journalist

A court in India has found four men guilty of gang-raping two women, including a photo-journalist, in the city of Mumbai, reports say.

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Gunmen storm police building in Afghanistan

At least five explosions have been heard in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, with heavy gunfire also reported at a police headquarters close to the provincial governor's office, sources say.

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Noted Indian author Khushwant Singh dies

Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, has died aged 99 at his New Delhi home.

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India 'riot-tainted' to contest polls

Two members of India's main opposition party who face criminal charges for inciting religious riots that killed 50 people last August, will stand in next month's general election.

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Hero-worship scales new heights in India

Not many found it strange when Shankar Rao, a minister from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, built a temple for Congress president Sonia Gandhi this year.

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Pakistan and Bahrain sign agreements

Pakistan and Bahrain have signed a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding to enhance cooperation between the countries in the fields of economy, investment, commerce, agriculture and energy.

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