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Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after 20 years in hiding

Hezb-i-Islami leader calls for peace with Taliban fighters and says the Western-backed government is 'not working'.

Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Read more: Hekmatyar returns to Kabul after 20 years in hiding

 

India troops block Kashmir villages amid rebel hunt

Security forces surround at least 20 villages in an unprecedented operation to flush out rebels.

Kashmir

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India summons Pakistan envoy over 'killing of soldiers'

India blames Pakistan for the killing and mutilation of two troops along the Line of Control, a claim Islamabad denies.

S. Jaishankar

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Blast hits NATO convoy in central Kabul

ISIL claims responsibility for attack on NATO convoy in Afghan capital that killed at least eight people.

Read more: Blast hits NATO convoy in central Kabul

   

Sri Lanka navy detains suspected Rohingya refugees

Navy announces detention of 32 people, half of them children, believed to be Rohingya refugees and two smugglers.

Read more: Sri Lanka navy detains suspected Rohingya refugees

   

'Shockingly high' losses for Afghan forces over winter

Levels of violence generally dip in winter months, but this year Taliban carried out several major attacks, says report.

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Nepal: Chief justice Sushila Karki suspended

Sushila Karki suspended after MPs filed impeachment motion accusing her of bias and interfering with executive powers.

Sushila Karki

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Muslim men lynched for 'trying to steal cows' in Assam

Suspects detained after fatal assault in Nagaon district of two men accused by villagers of trying to steal cows.

cows

Read more: Muslim men lynched for 'trying to steal cows' in Assam

   

Massive landslide kills 24 in Kyrgystan's Osh

Disaster struck in isolated village, killing 24 people including nine children, after they'd been warned to evacuate.

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Famed Swiss climber falls to death near Mount Everest

Ueli Steck fell 1,000 metres off a ridge during preparations to climb Mount Everest.

Ueli Steck

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Hezb-i-Islami's Hekmatyar to Taliban: Lay down arms

At first public gathering in 20 years, controversial Afghan leader calls on fighters to come to the negotiating table.

Read more: Hezb-i-Islami's Hekmatyar to Taliban: Lay down arms

   

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