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US dismisses charges against Indian diplomat

A US judge has thrown out charges against an Indian diplomat whose New York arrest and strip-search sparked a bitter diplomatic row with Delhi.

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Karachi gang warfare kills at least a dozen

Gang warfare in the Pakistani city of Karachi has claimed the lives of at least twelve people, including women and children, with the death toll expected to rise.

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Indian soldiers killed in avalanche

At least 11 people, including two Indian soldiers, have been killed after unprecedented snowfall triggered avalanches and damaged over 150 structures including dozens of houses in Jammu and Kashmir, reports say.

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Deadly Maoist attack on Indian police

Maoist fighters have killed at least 20 members of India's security forces in a massive attack in restive Chhattisgarh state, police say.

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Kerala legislator accused of rape

A Congress legislator in the southern Indian state of Kerala has been accused of rape by the police, local media has reported.

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Taliban vow to disrupt Afghanistan elections

The Taliban has warned Afghans not to participate in next month’s presidential polls and to stay away from voting booths, saying it will use "all force" to disrupt the vote.

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Hunger kills scores of children in Pakistan

At least 62 children have died in Pakistan's southern district where thousands are suffering from malnutrition, officials said, as the country's top judge called the situation a national shame.

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Nepal on alert to stop Tibetan protests

Nepalese police broke up a small Tibetan protest in Kathmandu and detained the demonstrators on the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet.

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India set for huge election campaign splurge

Indian politicians are expected to spend around $5bn on campaigning for elections next month - a sum second only to the most expensive US presidential campaign of all time - in a splurge that could give the floundering economy a boost.

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Sri Lanka mass grave 'on old burial site'

Sri Lankan authorities have halted excavations in a suspected mass grave after suspicions that 83 skeletons unearthed from the former northern war zone may date to before the war against Tamil rebels.

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China to help Afghanistan fight 'terrorism'

China has said that it will work with Afghanistan to fight "terrorism", after it blamed a deadly train station attack on "extremists" from its western Xinjiang region, which shares a short border with the war-torn nation.

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