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Afghanistan praised for historic elections

Afghans have been praised for defying Taliban threats and turning out in their millions to vote in crucial elections, which the US called a "great achievement" while pledging "continued international support".

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India's BJP inks alliance with southern party

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday sealed alliance with regional Telugu Desam Party (TDP) in southern states of Seemandhra and Telangana for parliamentary polls.

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Roadside bomb kills three Afghan poll workers

Eight ballot boxes were destroyed in the blastA roadside bomb has hit a vehicle carrying full ballot boxes in northern Afghanistan, killing three people a day after the country voted for a successor to President Hamid Karzai.

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Pakistan to release Taliban prisoners

Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has said that those who were opposing talks should see how much lives have been saved since the process began.

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Afghans vote in presidential poll

Millions defy Taliban threats to choose successor of President KarzaiIt was not without its glitches, but an election signaling the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan went off without major incident.

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Pakistani Taliban extends ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban has extended a March ceasefire until April 10, a spokesman said, following the release of a batch of low-level prisoners by the Pakistani government.

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Gandhi fails to get residency certificate

Local officials in Uttar Pradesh state's Amethi district have cancelled the application of the Congress party vice president and member of parliament from the constituency for issuance of a residency permit.

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Foreign journalist killed in east Afghanistan

Anja Niedringhaus and her colleague were travelling in a convoy protected by Afghan forces [File: AP]One foreign photographer has been killed and a reporter wounded in a shooting by an Afghan policeman in the country's east, a day before presidential elections.

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Three sentenced to death in Mumbai rape case

This is the first death sentences for multiple rapes in India since the law was toughened last year [AFP]An Indian court has sentenced three men to death for the rape of a photojournalist inside an abandoned textile mill in the financial hub of Mumbai last year.

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Pakistan's Musharraf survives bomb attack

Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who is on trial for treason, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt as a bomb went off shortly before his convoy was due to pass, police said.

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Suicide bomber strikes Afghan ministry

The Ministry of Interior is considered one of the safest sites of the Afghan capital [EPA]A suicide bomber wearing the Afghan security forces uniform has detonated himself at the gate of the Interior Ministry in central Kabul, killing at least six police officers.

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