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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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Foreign journalist killed in east Afghanistan

Anja Niedringhaus and her colleague were travelling in a convoy protected by Afghan forces [File: AP]One foreign photographer has been killed and a reporter wounded in a shooting by an Afghan policeman in the country's east, a day before presidential elections.

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Three sentenced to death in Mumbai rape case

This is the first death sentences for multiple rapes in India since the law was toughened last year [AFP]An Indian court has sentenced three men to death for the rape of a photojournalist inside an abandoned textile mill in the financial hub of Mumbai last year.

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Pakistan's Musharraf survives bomb attack

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass, police said.

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Suicide bomber strikes Afghan ministry

The Ministry of Interior is considered one of the safest sites of the Afghan capital [EPA]A suicide bomber wearing the Afghan security forces uniform has detonated himself at the gate of the Interior Ministry in central Kabul, killing at least six police officers.

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US ambassador to India resigns

US Ambassador to India, Nancy Powell, has submitted her resignation to President Barack Obama and will return to the US before the end of May.

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Taliban 'abduct' Afghan provincial candidate

Taliban gunmen have abducted an Afghan candidate running for a seat in the provincial council of Sar-i-Puland and seven members of his entourage, an Afghan official has said.

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Afghans register for polls despite attacks

Crowds queued up outside voter registration centres in Afghanistan and presidential candidates held large campaign rallies, six days ahead of elections that have been shaken by Taliban attacks.

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Gunmen attack Afghan election commission

Taliban fighters killed after storming Kabul election commission headquartersAttackers armed with machine guns, rocket launchers and suicide vests have opened fire on the main Afghan election commission headquarters east of Kabul.

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'Thankful' Sri Lanka to free Indian fishermen

Sri Lanka has decided to free Indian fishermen detained for poaching to thank India for abstaining from a vote by the United Nation's top human rights body to launch an investigation into alleged abuses during Sri Lanka's civil war.

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