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Hailstorm-hit Indian farmers kill themselves

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western India after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars, activists and politicians say.

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Report: India world's biggest buyer of arms

India remains the biggest buyer of arms in the world, importing nearly three times as many weapons as its nearest competitors China and Pakistan over the last five years, a Swedish think tank said.

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Suicide bomber strikes Afghan market

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack [AFP]A suicide bomber has blown himself up near a checkpoint at a market in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 people in the latest attack in the countdown to presidential elections to be held in less than three weeks.

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Colour runs riot as India celebrates Holi

Millions of Indians splashed bright colours on each other to celebrate the popular Hindu festival of Holi, which marks the start of spring.

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India gang rapists' executions suspended

India's Supreme Court has stayed the execution of two of four men as they appeal against their sentence for the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that shocked the country and sparked weeks of protests.

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'Bin Laden doctor' gets reduced jail term

A Pakistani court has reduced the jail sentence of a doctor best known for his alleged involvement with a CIA campaign to find Osama bin Laden.

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Karzai says US troops can leave Afghanistan

Hamid Karzai is resisting pressure to sign a post-2014 security agreement with the USThe outgoing president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, has told the United States in his final address to parliament that US soldiers can leave the country at the end of the year.

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Pakistan rape victim sets herself on fire

The victim of a gang-rape in Pakistan has died after setting herself on fire in protest against a police report that led to the release of a key suspect, a doctor and her brother said.

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Deadly blasts target Pakistan security forces

Blasts targeting security forces in Pakistan have killed at least 18 people and wounded over 70, with some policemen among the injured, police and officials said.

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Death sentence for Delhi rapists upheld

An Indian court has upheld the death sentence for four men convicted of raping and killing a medical student in New Delhi in December 2012.

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Drone deaths rise in Afghanistan and Yemen

The UN special investigator on counterterrorism has expressed his concern over civilian deaths from drone strikes in Yemen and Afghanistan, but says there has been a "significant de-escalation" in civilian casualties recorded in Pakistan.

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