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#Pakistan launches ground war in Waziristan

North WaziristanPakistan has launched a ground offensive against rebel strongholds near the Afghan border after evacuating nearly half a million people from the tribal region, the army has said.

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#India detains two in building collapse probe

Police in southern India have detained two construction company directors as rescuers continued searching for missing workers in one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 22 people.

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Sri Lanka arrests eight over riots

Sri Lankan police have arrested key suspects accused of fuelling religious riots and looting, as minority Muslims expressed fears of more unrest ahead of Ramadan, officials said.

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Trapped Indian nurses in Iraq 'safe'

All the 46 Indian nurses stuck in an Iraqi hospital are safe and adequate assistance has been provided to them after some shortage of funds was being reported, India's foreign ministry officials have said.

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Building collapses kill many in #India

Two building collapses in New Delhi and Tamil Nadu states have killed at least 11 people and left dozens trapped, highlighting the need for increased monitoring of construction across India where such incidents are common.

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#Pakistan family kills couple for marrying

honour killingsA young couple in Pakistan has been tied up and had their throats slit with scythes after they married for love, police have said in what is the latest reported case of so-called "honour killings" in the country.

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One million peoples marach to Islamabad

In a large public gathering, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan on Friday criticised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and warned him of a 'tsunami march' to Islamabad on August 14 if his demands regarding alleged election fraud in the 2013 General Elections were not met.

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Deadly pipeline blast rocks Indian village

At least 14 people have been killed in a gas pipeline explosion in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, according to state officials.

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Afghans protest over alleged poll fraud

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah has led several thousand demonstrators through Kabul, upping the stakes in his protest against alleged election fraud that has triggered a political crisis.

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#India to ease visa rules for Bangladeshis

Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali, who has held talks with his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, in the capital, Dhaka, has said that its western neighbour has agreed to simplify the visa rules, according to reports.

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US blacklists Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawa

The US State Department has named Pakistan's Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) a "foreign terrorist organisation", a status that freezes any assets it has under the US jurisdiction.

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