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.

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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.

Bangladesh court orders Khaleda's trial go ahead

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

Japan lodges protest against China ship seizure

Media suggests the ship's seizure is meant to underline Beijing's assertiveness ahead of Obama's arrival in Tokyo.

Afghan election result delayed due to fraud probe

Afghanistan's preliminary presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations.

Justin Bieber visits controversial Japan war shrine

Justin Bieber courted controversy once again, posting a picture of a Japanese war shrine after an apparent visit.

Last Morning Glory crew member arrives in Karachi

Chief Officer Ghufran Marghoob, the last crew member of the hijacked Morning Glory oil tanker, arrived today.

UK tabloid’s ex-editor admits to approving police payment

Ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson admitted in court to approving a payment to a royal policeman for information.

Japanese lawmakers visit war shrine on eve of Obama trip

Nearly 150 Japanese lawmakers paid homage at the Yasukuni shrine which honours the nation’s war dead,

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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

Pakistan, Afghanistan to resume proxy war: US paper

Pakistan, Afghanistan may resume their proxy war after the Americans leave the region, a US newspaper warned on Monday

Mamata sees short-circuit as plot to kill her

Banerjee was referring to a fire in her Malda hotel room, which she said wasn't the result of a short-circuit.

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Bangladesh court orders Khaleda's trial go ahead

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

Afghan election result delayed due to fraud probe

Afghanistan's preliminary presidential election result has been delayed by two days due to fraud investigations.

Militants kill three in India-held Kashmir before voting

Militants targeted two village council heads in separate attacks in Pulwana district south of the main city of Srinagar.

Indian transgender stands for office after landmark ruling

Bharathi Kannamma standing for office after landmark ruling hopes to overturn prejudices against transgenders in India.

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