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    Modi launches Hindu temple on Kashmir anniversary

    Agence France-Presse . Ayodhya | Updated at 12:43am on August 06, 2020

    Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said ‘golden history’ was written Wednesday as he launched construction of a new Hindu temple at a flashpoint religious site...

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    Imran Khan slams ‘oppressor’ India on Kashmir anniv

    Agence France-Presse . Muzaffarabad | Updated at 10:26pm on August 05, 2020

    Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Wednesday branded India an ‘oppressor and aggressor’ a year after New Delhi imposed direct rule on Indian-administered Kashmir. Protests...

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    BSF man shoots dead two colleagues near Bangladesh border

    Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:14am on August 05, 2020

    A Border Security Force jawan opened fire on two colleagues at Raigunj area of North Dinajpur district near Bangladesh border on Tuesday and killed two...

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    Rajapaksa brothers look to tighten grip in Lanka polls

    Agence France-Presse . Colombo | Updated at 01:21am on August 05, 2020

    Sri Lankans head to the polls Wednesday with the ruling Rajapaksa brothers looking for a super-majority in parliament to change the constitution and unravel democratic...

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    Modi to lay Hindu temple foundations at flashpoint holy site

    Agence France-Presse . Ayodhya | Updated at 01:19am on August 05, 2020

    The flashpoint Indian town of Ayodhya geared up Tuesday for a ceremony attended by prime minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundations for a Hindu...

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    Thais ‘cast a spell’ for democracy in Harry Potter-theme protest

    Agence France-Presse . Bangkok | Updated at 10:29pm on August 04, 2020

    Dozens of mostly young Thais wearing striped ‘Harry Potter’ scarves rallied Monday against the government, vowing to ‘cast a spell’ for democracy as the nascent...

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    29 killed in Afghanistan prison raid

    Agence France-Presse . Jalalabad | Updated at 10:27pm on August 04, 2020

    At least 29 people were killed in a raid on an Afghan prison claimed by the Islamic State group, officials said Monday, as the country...

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    Hindus in India set for Ram temple groundbreaking

    Associated Press/UNB. Lucknow | Updated at 07:34pm on August 04, 2020

    Hindus are set to celebrate the groundbreaking of a long-awaited Ram temple at a disputed site in northern India. Muslims say they have no firm...

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    A year of upheaval in Kashmir under direct rule from Delhi

    Agence France-Presse. Srinagar | Updated at 11:45am on August 04, 2020

    Volatile Indian-administered Kashmir has endured a tumultuous year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked its autonomy last August. Ahead of Wednesday's one-year anniversary, AFP examines...

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    Curfew imposed in Kashmir ahead of clampdown anniversary

    Agence France-Presse . Srinagar | Updated at 10:34am on August 04, 2020

    A curfew has been imposed across Indian Kashmir just two days before the first anniversary of New Delhi’s abolition of the restive region’s semi-autonomy, officials...