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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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Pakistan judge dismisses charges against baby

A Pakistani judge has thrown out charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old baby, lawyers said, in a case that cast a spotlight on Pakistan's dysfunctional justice system.

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Indian Maoists attack election officials

Maoists, fighting to install a communist society, have called on the people to boycott the elections [AFP]Maoist rebels have killed 12 people in two poll-related blasts in the instability-hit region of central India, police said, highlighting security threats aiming to disrupt a marathon election in the world's biggest democracy.

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Pakistan Taliban infighting claims lives

Fighting between rival factions of the Pakistani Taliban has left at least 12 people dead in South Waziristan.

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Indian leader castigated for rape remark

The mother of a student who was fatally gang-raped on a bus has strongly criticised a senior Indian politician who described three convicted multiple rapists as "poor fellows" who had made "mistakes".

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