Thousands mob Modi as campaign starts in Varanasi

India is halfway through the world’s largest-ever election, in which 815m people are eligible to vote over 10 stages.

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Malaysia vows MH370 transparency as families vent anger

PM Najib Razak promised that a preliminary report submitted to the UN's aviation body would be released publicly.

Poll violence claims nine lives in India

The deceased were poll officials and police personnel who were killed on Thursday in two attacks in Jharkhand, Kashmir.

Indian polls enter crucial phase

Indian elections are set to enter a crucial stage from now with 117 of the 543 Lok Sabha seats to be put to vote today.

Israel halts peace talks after Palestinian unity deal

Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the agreement between the rival Palestinian factions as a move that “kills peace”.

FBI informant linked to hacking of Pakistan govt websites

NYT reported that the hacker directed cyber attacks on foreign govts including Brazil, Iran, Pakistan, Syria and Turkey.

Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital as guard opens fire

The security guard was injured in the incident at the Cure International hospital and detained by police.

Israel strikes Gaza shortly after Palestinian unity deal

The raid came after the announcement by Hamas and the PLO of an agreement to form a unity government.

Fewer than 10,000 US troops to remain in Afghanistan after ’14

The number of US troops in Afghanistan may drop well below 10,000 — to mark the end of the war, Obama officials say.

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Tiny Pacific nation sues 9 nuclear-armed powers

Marshall Islands filed the suit against each of the nine countries in the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Bangladesh's 'miracle' survivor marries and builds new life

Reshma Akhter was the "miracle" seamstress plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster.

Priyanka feels hurt when family abused

Priyanka said she was hurt by the opposition’s accusations of corruption against her businessman husband Robert Vadra.

Mother Earth Day: UN chief calls for changes in practices

Ban Ki-moon appealed for worldwide changes in attitude to curb the negative impact of human activity on the planet.

Addiction: Afghanistan's growing burden

A look at the growing addiction of heroin among the Afghan population

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Three foreigners dead at Kabul hospital as guard opens fire

The security guard was injured in the incident at the Cure International hospital and detained by police.

Bangladesh's 'miracle' survivor marries and builds new life

Reshma Akhter was the "miracle" seamstress plucked from the rubble of the world's worst garment factory disaster.

Modi’s remarks encouraging: Pakistan envoy

It gives us hope that if he is elected as the PM we should expect more positive things, Pakistan High Commissioner says.

Bangladesh court orders Khaleda's trial go ahead

The High Court rejected the former two-time premier's appeals to halt the trial.

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