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    Indian voters boot out cow, happiness ministers in state elections

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:51am on December 13, 2018

    India’s only dedicated ‘cow minister’ has been dumped in state elections, ending a controversial tenure that saw hundreds of the sacred animals starve to death...

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    Modi stares at defeat in Indian state elections

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on December 12, 2018

    India’s ruling party looked set Tuesday for stinging election defeats in at least two stronghold states, in a big blow to prime minister Narendra Modi...

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    Attack on Afghan intelligence service team kills four

    Reuters. Kabul | Updated at 12:34pm on December 11, 2018

    An attack targeting members of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency just outside the capital Kabul on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded six others,...

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    Sri Lanka’s ousted PM sets deadline to end crisis

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 12:30am on December 11, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s ousted prime minister promised Monday to bring tens of thousands of supporters to the capital next week for a massive demonstration unless president...

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    Twitter CEO criticised for no mention of Rohingya plight in Myanmar tweets

    Reuters . Singapore | Updated at 12:29am on December 11, 2018

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has come under fire for tweets about his meditation retreat in Myanmar and encouraging people to visit the country without mentioning...

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    Taj Mahal ticket price hiked fivefold for Indians

    Agence France-Presse . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on December 11, 2018

    Authorities have hiked fivefold ticket prices for Indian visitors to the Taj Mahal, in the latest attempt to lower tourist numbers and reduce damage at...

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    Thousands throng funeral for ‘youngest’ rebel killed in Kashmir

    Agence France-Presse . Srinagar | Updated at 12:00am on December 11, 2018

    Thousands of mourners thronged the funeral on Monday of a 14-year-old rebel shot dead by Indian troops in Kashmir, the youngest-ever fighter killed in the...

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    State elections could halt Modi’s winning streak

    Reuters . New Delhi | Updated at 12:00am on December 11, 2018

    Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is staring at election losses in big heartland states, polls show, suggesting that farm distress and a lack of jobs...

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    Historian Mushirul Hasan no more

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 08:02pm on December 10, 2018

    Indian historian Mushirul Hasan, who worked extensively on partition of the Indian sub-continent, passed away on Monday. He was 69. Mushirul was the vice-chancellor of...

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    S Asian women migrants in distress abroad

    Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan . Marrakesh, Morocco | Updated at 12:39am on December 10, 2018

    Bangladeshi civil society members and migrant rights activists on Saturday called for taking collaborative steps by South Asian sending countries to protect their female domestic...

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