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Afghan forces battle major Taliban offensive

About 100 Taliban fighters have been killed in five days of fighting with the government forces in southern Afghanistan after hundreds of armed rebels launched an offensive in the area to gain territory recently vacated by the US troops, officials have said.

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#India train derails in suspected rebel attack

A passenger train has derailed in eastern India, killing four people, after a suspected explosion on the tracks during a protest called by Maoist rebels, officials have said.

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#Pakistan plane attacked in Peshawar

A Pakistan International Airlines flight into Peshawar from Riyadh has been fired upon from the ground while landing at Bacha Khan International Airport.

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#Bangladesh defers verdict on Jamaat leader

Bangladesh's war crimes court has postponed a verdict on the leader of the country's largest Islamist party for alleged crimes committed during the 1971 independence struggle, according to local media.

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#Bangladesh court set to rule on Jamaat leader

Bangladesh's war crimes court is set to deliver a verdict against the leader of the country's largest Islamist party, who could face the death penalty for his alleged crimes during the 1971 independence struggle.

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Afghan election chief quits amid fraud claims

Afghanistan's chief electoral officer has resigned in a bid to resolve a political crisis over allegations of fraud in the runoff presidential vote earlier this month. 

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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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