Indian and Pakistani troops have fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between India- and Pakistan-administered Kashmir for the second day, forcing tens of thousands of villagers from their homes, officials have said.
A top court in India has denied bail to Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the former chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, who was imprisoned last week over a corruption case, national media has said.
Myanmar's government has pardoned 3,073 prisoners, including 58 foreign nationals, as part of an amnesty that rights groups said included more than a dozen political prisoners.
Pakistan and India have exchanged fire with each other across the border in the disputed region of Kashmir with gunfire and mortar shells, killing civilians, as both sides claim their troops were retaliating to provocations.
An apparently errant tweet by the Taliban's spokesman in Afghanistan has given his location as being in neighbouring Pakistan.
The Pakistan Taliban has declared allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and ordered fighters across the region to help the group in its campaign to set up a global Islamic caliphate.
British Prime Minister David Cameron has made a surprise visit to Afghanistan and held talks with newly-inaugurated Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, as NATO troops end their long war against the Taliban.
Bangladesh has sacked a top minister after his criticism of the Muslim pilgrimage of Hajj triggered protests by Islamists who declared him an apostate and set a 24-hour deadline to replace him.
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