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Taliban frees university staff in #Afghanistan

Taliban has released about 33 university professors and students seized nearly two weeks ago in the country's east, Afghan officials have said.

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#Bangladesh rebel leader sentenced to death

A Bangladeshi court has sentenced eight people, including a top leader of a banned rebel group, to death for their roles in a bombing in 2001.

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Afghans protest against alleged vote fraud

Abdullah Abdullah Hundreds of Afghans have protested against alleged fraud in last week's presidential runoff, part of escalating tensions over what Western officials had hoped would be a smooth transfer of power as violence across the country killed at least 13 people.

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Civilian dies in attack on Afghan official

A suicide bomber has launched an attack on a senior Afghan government official in western Kabul, killing one civilian and injuring several others, according to police. 

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Pro-Muslim monk attacked in Sri Lanka

A Buddhist leader and fierce critic of hardliners blamed for attacks on Muslims, is in hospital after reportedly being abducted, stripped naked, and beaten.

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Afghan Taliban fighters strike NATO post

Four Taliban fighters have struck a NATO post in the eastern Afghan province of Nangarhar, destroying dozens of fuel tankers and resulting in a gun battle with police, Afghan officials say.

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Sri Lanka parliament rejects UN war probe

Sri Lanka's parliament has rejected an investigation by the UN human rights body into alleged crimes during the final stages of island nation's civil war that ended in 2009.

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Tens of thousands flee #Pakistan offensive

fleeAbout 30,000 people have fled a major military offensive against the Pakistani Taliban in a tribal area in the country's northwest, after authorities eased a curfew.

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Indian nationals in #Iraq kidnapped

Forty Indian construction workers stranded in violence-hit Iraq have been kidnapped, the Indian foreign ministry confirmed according to international and local media reports.

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Drone attack reported in Pakistan's northwest

Pakistani intelligence officials say a US drone strike has killed at least five people in a rebel hideout in the northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border.

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Sri Lanka riots prompt international concern

Foreign governments and organisations have expressed concern as reports of deadly rioting and arson attacks by Buddhist mobs in Sri Lanka continue for the second day.

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