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India's most important election in decades in looming. Here's what you need to know

India is just months away from general elections, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party facing what looks like an increasingly close contest.

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UK minister's visit to China not going ahead

It comes amid reports a speech by the UK's defence secretary has caused upset in China.

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Pulwama attack: India mourns Kashmir dead

Thousands attend funerals across India for security force personnel killed in an attack on Thursday.

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The President, the Envoy and the Talib: 3 Lives Shaped by War and Study Abroad

They were scholarship students in the 1970s, and now they are all at center stage of the drama surrounding American talks with the Taliban.

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India high speed train breaks down on first trip

Brakes on the Vande Bharat Express jammed, a day after the train was inaugurated.

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Winx: Australian mare wins 30th straight race in track record time at Randwick

Australian racehorse Winx makes history as she extends her own record of consecutive wins with a 30th straight victory.

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India says Pakistan had 'direct hand' in Kashmir attack

India said there was "incontrovertible evidence" that Pakistan had a "direct hand" in an attack on a convoy that killed 40 paramilitary soldiers in Indian-administered Kashmir.

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Indian couple wants Modi votes as wedding gifts

Indian weddings can be extravagant affairs with couples often showered with lavish gifts and money on their big day.

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Chinese Communist Party propaganda? There's an app for that

If you feel your understanding of "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism With Chinese Characteristics for the New Era" is a bit rusty, you're in luck.

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Holy cabbage! Couple grows giant vegetable

An Australian couple staved off pests for more than nine months to grow a giant cabbage almost as big as a person.

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Maria Ressa, journalist and Duterte critic, arrested in Philippines

Maria Ressa, a high-profile Philippine journalist and vocal critic of the country's president, was arrested Wednesday in connection with "cyber ...

NY Times /
The Saturday Profile: A Rap Challenger to the Thai Military Junta

In a repressive country, Nutthapong Srimuong does not shy from political themes. His rap video, “What My Country Has Got,” has been viewed 56 million times in three months.

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Hong Kong seizes $1m worth of rhino horn at airport

Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns have been arrested at Hong Kong airport's customs.

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Kabul Dispatch: She’s a Force of Nature, and She Just Declared War on Peace With the Taliban

Laila Haidari’s popular Kabul restaurant, where men and women dine freely together, finances her drug treatment center. Now she has a new cause: fighting a peace deal with the Taliban.

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Family acquitted over Italy woman's Pakistan 'honour killing'

Sana Cheema, 26, died in April 2018 while visiting her family in Pakistan.

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Sri Lanka Seeks Executioner With ‘Excellent Moral Character’

The government turned to the want ads to find a hangman — a job that has been difficult to fill.

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Afghan government ‘cannot be sidelined’ in peace talks

In a BBC interview, President Ashraf Ghani says his government is in contact with the Taliban.

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Pulwama attack: India will 'completely isolate' Pakistan

A minister vows to cut Pakistan off from the world as India mourns 46 troops killed in Kashmir.

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Chinese actor quits doctorate over plagiarism admission

A Chinese actor has apologised after it was revealed he plagiarised two pieces of academic work

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Modi vows action after dozens die in deadliest attack in Indian-held Kashmir in 3 decades

The attack has escalated tensions between nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan.

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Viewpoint: How far might India go to 'punish' Pakistan?

India's government is talking tough after a car bombing killed 46 Indian troops. How far could tensions escalate?

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Vows: Deported and 9,000 Miles Apart, but ‘You Stay With the Person You Love’

Chuh A and Rex Ny, both Montagnards, have fought for their relationship since his deportation, pushing back against physical separation and 12-hour ...

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Four Men Convicted in Killing of Top Aide to Myanmar’s Leader

U Ko Ni was a prominent Muslim lawyer who advocated cutting the powers of Myanmar’s military and advised the country’s leader, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Electric shocks: Trainer Ben Currie charged over 'serious welfare breaches'

Australian trainer Ben Currie is charged with several "serious welfare breaches" including giving electric shocks to horses.

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Ko Ni: Gunman gets death penalty in murder of Myanmar lawyer

A gunman has been sentenced to death for the murder of Muslim lawyer Ko Ni in Myanmar.

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China closes its Everest base camp to tourists

China says the base camp on its side of the mountain needs to be cleared of rubbish left by visitors.

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Why did gay Muslim comics disappear from Instagram?

An Instagram account that posted comics depicting the struggles of gay Muslims has now vanished.

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