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Modi: Al-Qaeda's South Asia plan 'delusional'

India's prime minister has dismissed al-Qaeda's plan to set up a South Asia branch, saying it was "delusional" to think the country's Muslim minority would follow orders to wage a struggle based on religion against their country.

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Liberal academic killed in Pakistan's Karachi

A professor of Islam known for his liberal religious views has been killed in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, officials say, two years after he was labelled an "apostate" in a text-message campaign.

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Pope approves Sri Lanka's first saint

Pope Francis has approved Sri Lanka's first saint, an Indian missionary credited with reviving the Catholic Church on the  island during persecution by Dutch colonial rulers, according to church officials.

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Deaths reported in #Pakistan air raids

Pakistan's military says it has it killed 23 fighters in aerial strikes across North Waziristan tribal district in the northwest region near the Afghan border.

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#Bangladesh passes law to impeach judges

Bangladesh's parliament has approved legislation amending the country's constitution to allow the impeachment of Supreme Court judges.

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#Bangladesh commutes Jamaat leader's sentence

Bangladesh's highest court has commuted the death sentence of a top Islamist leader, triggering protests by both his supporters and secular opponents.

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Soldiers killed in suicide bombing in Kabul

A Taliban suicide bombing has killed at least six soldiers, including three members of the NATO force ISAF, and wounded more than 25 others near the US embassy in Kabul, according to police sources in Afghanistan's capital.

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#Pakistan police targeted in attacks

Three people have been killed in attacks by suspected Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan fighters targeting police officers in Pakistan's restive northwest, police officials have said.

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Afghan court sentences gang rapists to death

Afghan courtAn Afghan appeals court sentenced five men to death on Monday, for armed robbery and sexual assault while invalidating the death sentences given to two other defendants reducing them to 20 years in prison for unrelated crimes.

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Former #Bangladesh PM Zia loses court appeal

Bangladesh's highest court has rejected appeals by the country's opposition leader Khaleda Zia, clearing the way for her to stand trial on embezzlement charges that could see her jailed for life.

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Pakistani Court sends 100 activists to jail

A court in Pakistan has ordered 100 opposition activists to be sent to jail for staging illegal protests and committing several other violations, causing chaos and anger among activists.

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