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#Pakistan soldiers die in ambush in northwest

Rebel fighters killed at least three Pakistani soldiers and injured two others in an attack on a border post in the northwestern tribal belt, officials say.

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Afghan rivals agree to UN-supervised recount

Kerry and GhaniThe two rival candidates in Afghanistan's presidential election have agreed to abide by the results of a UN-supervised recount of the entire poll to settle their dispute over the outcome, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said, after talks with both men.

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Kerry holds second day of Afghan poll talks

Kerry and KarzaiJohn Kerry has met rival Afghan presidential candidates for a second day in an effort resolve a disputed election that threatens to stir ethnic tensions and undermine a peaceful political transition.

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Indian village council 'ordered revenge rape'

A 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in remote eastern India in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother, according to her family and police.

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Ghani commits to #Afghanistan vote audit

Ghani and Abdullah Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani has said he is committed to an "intensive and extensive" audit of votes to resolve a political standoff with his rival, Abdullah Abdullah.

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Kerry in Kabul over Afghan poll row

Abdullah Abdullah-John KerryJohn Kerry has held talks in Afghanistan in an effort to broker a resolution to a disputed election that threatens to stir up ethnic tensions and undermine a peaceful political transition.

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#Myanmar jails journalists for 10 years

A court in Myanmar has sentenced four reporters and the chief executive officer of a magazine to 10 years of hard labour in prison on a national security charge for investigative stories about a weapons factory.

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Several killed in US drone strike in #Pakistan

US drone strikeAt least six people have been killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal area, where a Pakistani military operation against Taliban fighters is ongoing, intelligence sources say.

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Obama calls for calm in disputed Afghan vote

US President Barack Obama has spoken with Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah and rival Ashraf Ghani to urge calm and to call for a review of fraud charges in that country's election, the White House said.

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Sri Lanka bans NGO news conferences

Sri Lanka has banned civil activist groups from holding news conferences and training for journalists, with the organisations rejecting the move as unconstitutional.

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#Bangladesh wins sea border dispute with #India

A UN tribunal has awarded Bangladesh nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km in the Bay of Bengal, ending a three-decade old dispute over a sea border with India, officials of both countries have said.

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