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US widens military role in Afghanistan to fight Taliban

White House says plan includes "advice and assistance" as well as "occasional" operations against Taliban forces.

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Maldives jails ex-VP for president 'assassination plot'

Ahmed Adeeb sentenced to 15 years in prison just days after getting a separate 10-year conviction on "terrorism" charge.

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Bangladesh: Hindu man hacked to death in Pabna

Killing in northwestern district is latest attack on religious minorities just days after launch of police crackdown.

Nityaranjan Pande in Pabna

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The Indian monsoon has arrived on the mainland

The seasonal rains are a week late but are still forecast to be better than average.

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Afghan Taliban abducts 40 passengers on Kunduz highway

Taliban takes 40 more people hostage, officials say, as Afghan authorities recover 12 bodies of security personnel.

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Bangladesh launches crackdown after series of murders

Police shoot dead three men reportedly linked to recent series of violent attacks on minorities and secular activists.

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South Asia monsoon finally arrives

After a late start, pre-monsoon showers bring heavy rain to southern India, but the proper rains are yet to arrive.

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NPR journalist killed in Afghanistan mourned

Families and friends mourn Zabihullah Tamanna and David Gilkey killed in a Taliban ambush in southern Helmand province.

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Maldives jails ex-vice president for 10 years

Decision by the Criminal Court made Ahmed Adeeb the fourth high-profile politician to be jailed on a "terrorism" charge.

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Afghanistan: Taliban attack on Logar court kills five

Prosecutor among those killed in third attack on court facilities since six Taliban members were executed last month.

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Bangladesh: Wife of senior police officer killed

Babul Aktar, whose wife was stabbed and then shot dead, led drives against armed groups in country's southeast.

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