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#Pakistan army steps in amid political crisis

Pakistan's powerful military has stepped back into politics, agreeing to mediate between the government and protesters demanding the resignation of prime minister Nawaz Sharif over alleged voting fraud.

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Academic recovered from Pakistani Taliban

Pakistani troops have recovered a prominent academic held for four years by the Taliban in the country's troubled northwest, officials have said.

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Gunmen target minority sect in #Pakistan

Gunmen have opened fire on worshippers at a shrine in southwest Pakistan, killing at least six members of a minority Islamic sect and wounding seven others, officials have said.

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High security for Muzaffarnagar commemoration

India has deployed heavy security in the restive Muzaffarnagar district of northern Uttar Pradesh state where villagers are commemorating last year's deadly violence in which scores were killed and thousands displaced.

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#Pakistan set for 'decisive' day of protests

Tens of thousands of protesters are preparing to convene in the Pakistani capital Islamabad, in the "deciding day" of a bid to bring down Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after discussions between opposition groups and the government ended without agreement.

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US moves prisoners from #Afghanistan to #Yemen

The United States has moved two more prisoners out of a military prison near the Afghan capital after nine prisoners were repatriated to Pakistan last week, the Pentagon has said.

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#Pakistan PM scoffs at resignation demands

Pakistan's embattled prime minister has said he will not cave in to protests demanding his resignation, striking a defiant note in his first major speech since the crisis erupted two weeks ago.

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Court rules Modi can pick charged politicians

India's Supreme Court has ruled that Narendra Modi should be left to choose his own cabinet when considering appointing those charged with crimes, but said it hoped the prime minister would ultimately take into account public expectations and the country's democratic values.

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Abdullah pulls out of #Afghanistan vote audit

Afghanistan vote audit Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has pulled his observers from an audit of the country's disputed election over concerns of vote fraud, his spokesman has said.

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#Pakistan and #India armies to meet on Kashmir

The armies of Pakistan and India have agreed to meet face-to-face to "reduce" tension on the borders of disputed Kashmir, officials have said.

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Abdullah threatens to pull out of poll audit

One of two candidates competing to succeed Afghan leader Hamid Karzai has threatened to pull out of a UN-supervised audit of a disputed presidential election in a move that might undermine a process meant to defuse a standoff between the contenders.

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