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Imprisoned Indian politician denied bail

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.

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#Myanmar pardons more than 3,000 prisoners

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.

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Civilians killed in #Kashmir exchanges

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.

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#Pakistan polio cases at all-time high

Pakistan has detected a record number of polio case already this year, a senior government official has said.

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Taliban tweet appears to locate spokesman

An apparently errant tweet by the Taliban's spokesman in Afghanistan has given his location as being in neighbouring Pakistan.

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#Pakistan Taliban pledges allegiance to #ISIL

Pakistan TalibanThe 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.

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Deadly stampede at Indian festival

At least 32 people have been killed and 15 others injured in a stampede during an important Hindu festival in India.

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UK PM makes surprise visit to #Afghanistan

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.

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#Bangladesh minister fired for Hajj remarks

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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#India PM picks up broom in cleaning campaign

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has joined millions of schoolchildren, officials and ordinary people, who have picked up brooms and dustpans in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets.

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Afghan president reopens bank scandal inquiry

Afghanistan's new president has re-opened an inquiry into the theft of almost $1bn from the Kabul Bank, which led to the collapse of the business, a national financial crisis and claims of high-level corruption.

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