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Voting for first phase of India polls ends

Indians began voting on Monday in the world's biggest election, with nearly six million people casting their vote in six constituencies in northeastern states of Assam and Tripura.

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Early Kabul vote count puts Abdullah in lead

Preliminary tallies from Afghanistan's presidential election showed former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah taking the lead in parts of Kabul.

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Pakistan forces kill dozens in Balochistan

Pakistani security forces have killed 30 separatist fighters in an offensive in Balochistan, a senior official said, in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich province.

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Afghan civilians killed in roadside blast

Kandahar A roadside bomb has killed 15 civilians travelling in a pick-up truck in a volatile district of southern Afghanistan, officials said, in the first major incident since elections two days ago.

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Afghanistan praised for historic elections

Afghans have been praised for defying Taliban threats and turning out in their millions to vote in crucial elections, which the US called a "great achievement" while pledging "continued international support".

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India's BJP inks alliance with southern party

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday sealed alliance with regional Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in southern states of Seemandhra and Telangana for parliamentary polls.

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Roadside bomb kills three Afghan poll workers

Eight ballot boxes were destroyed in the blastA roadside bomb has hit a vehicle carrying full ballot boxes in northern Afghanistan, killing three people a day after the country voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

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Pakistan to release Taliban prisoners

Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that those who were opposing talks should see how much lives have been saved since the process began.

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Afghans vote in presidential poll

Millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor of President KarzaiIt was not without its glitches, but an election signaling the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan went off without major incident.

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Pakistani Taliban extends ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban has extended a March ceasefire until April 10, a spokesman said, following the release of a batch of low-level prisoners by the Pakistani government.

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Gandhi fails to get residency certificate

Local officials in Uttar Pradesh state's Amethi district have cancelled the application of the Congress party vice president and member of parliament from the constituency for issuance of a residency permit.

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