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Indian village council 'ordered revenge rape'

A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, according to her family and police.

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Ghani commits to #Afghanistan vote audit

Ghani and Abdullah Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani has said he is committed to an "intensive and extensive" audit of votes to resolve a political standoff with his rival, Abdullah Abdullah.

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Kerry in Kabul over Afghan poll row

Abdullah Abdullah-John KerryJohn Kerry has held talks in Afghanistan in an effort to broker a resolution to a disputed election that threatens to stir up ethnic tensions and undermine a peaceful political transition.

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#Myanmar jails journalists for 10 years

A court in Myanmar has sentenced four reporters and the chief executive officer of a magazine to 10 years of hard labour in prison on a national security charge for investigative stories about a weapons factory.

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Several killed in US drone strike in #Pakistan

US drone strikeAt least six people have been killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal area, where a Pakistani military operation against Taliban fighters is ongoing, intelligence sources say.

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Obama calls for calm in disputed Afghan vote

US President Barack Obama has spoken with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani to urge calm and to call for a review of fraud charges in that country's election, the White House said.

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Sri Lanka bans NGO news conferences

Sri Lanka has banned civil activist groups from holding news conferences and training for journalists, with the organisations rejecting the move as unconstitutional.

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#Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with #India

A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said.

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Fighters killed in fresh Pakistani air raids

Pakistan's military has launched fresh air raids against armed groups, mainly the Taliban, in a stepped up offensive in the North Waziristan region killing at least 13 fighters, army says.

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At least 16 killed in Afghan suicide blast

At least four NATO soldiers, two policemen and 10 civilians have been killed in a suicide blast in eastern Afghanistan, police and security sources said. 

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Abdullah calls #Afghanistan run-off 'rigged

Abdullah AbdullahAfghan politician Abdullah Abdullah has rejected the results of June's presidential run-off, calling the vote that put his arch-rival Ashraf Ghani ahead "rigged".

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