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Gunmen storm police building in Afghanistan

At least five explosions have been heard in Afghanistan's eastern city of Jalalabad, with heavy gunfire also reported at a police headquarters close to the provincial governor's office, sources say.

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Noted Indian author Khushwant Singh dies

Khushwant Singh, one of India's best known writers who won fame for a book on partition of the subcontinent as well as his once-daring descriptions of sex, has died aged 99 at his New Delhi home.

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India 'riot-tainted' to contest polls

Two members of India's main opposition party who face criminal charges for inciting religious riots that killed 50 people last August, will stand in next month's general election.

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Hero-worship scales new heights in India

Not many found it strange when Shankar Rao, a minister from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, built a temple for Congress president Sonia Gandhi this year.

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Pakistan and Bahrain sign agreements

Pakistan and Bahrain have signed a series of agreements and memoranda of understanding to enhance cooperation between the countries in the fields of economy, investment, commerce, agriculture and energy.

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Hailstorm-hit Indian farmers kill themselves

A string of farmers have committed suicide in western India after freak hailstorms and rains destroyed winter crops worth millions of dollars, activists and politicians say.

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Report: India world's biggest buyer of arms

India remains the biggest buyer of arms in the world, importing nearly three times as many weapons as its nearest competitors China and Pakistan over the last five years, a Swedish think tank said.

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Suicide bomber strikes Afghan market

Nobody immediately claimed responsibility for Tuesday's attack [AFP]A suicide bomber has blown himself up near a checkpoint at a market in northern Afghanistan, killing at least 15 people in the latest attack in the countdown to presidential elections to be held in less than three weeks.

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Colour runs riot as India celebrates Holi

Millions of Indians splashed bright colours on each other to celebrate the popular Hindu festival of Holi, which marks the start of spring.

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India gang rapists' executions suspended

India's Supreme Court has stayed the execution of two of four men as they appeal against their sentence for the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi, an attack that shocked the country and sparked weeks of protests.

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'Bin Laden doctor' gets reduced jail term

A Pakistani court has reduced the jail sentence of a doctor best known for his alleged involvement with a CIA campaign to find Osama bin Laden.

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