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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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US dismisses charges against Indian diplomat

A US judge has thrown out charges against an Indian diplomat whose New York arrest and strip-search sparked a bitter diplomatic row with Delhi.

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Karachi gang warfare kills at least a dozen

Gang warfare in the Pakistani city of Karachi has claimed the lives of at least twelve people, including women and children, with the death toll expected to rise.

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Indian soldiers killed in avalanche

At least 11 people, including two Indian soldiers, have been killed after unprecedented snowfall triggered avalanches and damaged over 150 structures including dozens of houses in Jammu and Kashmir, reports say.

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Deadly Maoist attack on Indian police

Maoist fighters have killed at least 20 members of India's security forces in a massive attack in restive Chhattisgarh state, police say.

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Kerala legislator accused of rape

A Congress legislator in the southern Indian state of Kerala has been accused of rape by the police, local media has reported.

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Taliban vow to disrupt Afghanistan elections

The Taliban has warned Afghans not to participate in next month’s presidential polls and to stay away from voting booths, saying it will use "all force" to disrupt the vote.

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