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Twelve Nepal guides die in Everest avalanche

At least 12 Nepalese guides preparing routes up Mount Everest for commercial climbers have been killed by an avalanche in the deadliest mountaineering accident ever on the world's highest peak, officials and rescuers have said.

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#Pakistan army convoy attacked in Peshawar

At least one soldier has been killed and two others wounded after unidentified gunmen attacked a Pakistan army convoy in Peshawar, military sources have said.

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#India holds biggest day of voting

The election has turned into a face-off between Congress' Rahul Gandhi and the BJP's Narendra Modi [EPA]Millions of Indians have cast their ballots in country's biggest day of general election to choose the next parliament, with the ruling Congress party struggling to hold ground against the Hindu nationalist opposition.

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Pakistani Taliban declares end to ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban has formally ended a 40-day ceasefire but is still open to talks with the government, according to a spokesman for the group.

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India's filmmakers urge voters to 'shun BJP'

More than 50 Bollywood filmmakers, actors and writers have urged Indians not to vote for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Narendra Modi, in the ongoing parliamnetary elections.

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Indian transgenders granted legal status

India's highest court has recognised the existence of a third gender that is neither male nor female in a landmark judgement hailed by the transgender community.

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Sonia Gandhi calls to protect 'soul of India'

Sonia Gandhi, the leader of India's ruling Congress party, has issued a rare direct appeal to the nation not to return an opposition she said was motivated by "hatred and falsehood" in the country's general election.

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India's BJP rules out nuclear policy change

The head of India's opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ruled out any change in the country's "no-first-use" nuclear weapons policy.

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New book says Indian PM was 'never in charge'

A new book by a former aide to India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has caused a political stir during ongoing national elections by suggesting Singh was never fully in charge of his government.

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Afghanistan's Abdullah leads in vote count

Abdullah Abdullah,  former foreign minister of AfghanistanAbdullah Abdullah, a former foreign minister of Afghanistan, is leading his closest rival Ashraf Ghani, a former finance minister, in the presidential election, the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) has said.

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Dozens 'abducted' by Pakistan Taliban

Armed men belonging to the Tehreek-e-Taliban have reportedly abducted at least 40 people in Pakistan's northern Tirah valley, official sources say.

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