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At least 16 killed in Afghan suicide blast

At least four NATO soldiers, two policemen and 10 civilians have been killed in a suicide blast in eastern Afghanistan, police and security sources said. 

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Abdullah calls #Afghanistan run-off 'rigged

Abdullah AbdullahAfghan politician Abdullah Abdullah has rejected the results of June's presidential run-off, calling the vote that put his arch-rival Ashraf Ghani ahead "rigged".

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#India rejects ban on Islamic courts

India's Supreme Court has rejected a nine-year-old petition seeking ban on Islamic Sharia courts in the country but maintained that such courts were not legal and their decree could not be enforced.

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Ghani leads #Afghanistan presidential run-off

abdullah-ghaniPreliminary results in Afghanistan's presidential polls have put Ashraf Ghani, the country's former finance minister, in the lead, but the electoral commission has emphasised that the results are not final.

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UK ministers to woo Modi during #India visit

Senior British officials are set to meet India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi this week in a bid to pursue deeper trade ties, as Western leaders seek to court the new leader since his election in May.

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Dalai Lama urges end to anti-Muslim violence

The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, has reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims, in a speech to tens of thousands of devotees to mark his 79th birthday.

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Father charged over #Pakistan stoning death

The father of a pregnant Pakistani woman who was stoned to death and four other men have been charged with killing her.

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#Afghanistan rejects proposal to ban #Facebook

The Afghan government has rejected a proposal to ban Facebook during an ongoing deadlock over the presidential election after fears that social media postings have fanned ethnic hatred, officials have said.

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Indian nurses stranded in #Iraq return home

More than 40 Indian nurses who were trapped in an area of Iraq seized by Sunni armed fighters have arrived in India after being freed from the rebel-held city of Mosul.

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Afghan poll candidates feud on eve of results

Afghan poll candidatesAfghanistan's rival presidential candidates clashed over alleged fraud ahead of the release of preliminary election results, setting the stage for further instability in the violence-hit country.

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Taliban torches fuel tankers near Kabul

Taliban fighters have set fire to about 200 oil tankers supplying fuel for NATO forces in an attack just outside the Afghan capital, police say.

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