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Kashmir gunfight leaves 10 Indian soldiers, suspected militants dead

A gunfight has claimed the lives of five soldiers and five suspected militants in the disputed region of Kashmir, police say. The fighters on Wednesday attacked security troops carrying out a search operation in forests around Kupwara, 95 km (60 miles) north of the main city of Srinagar, said Shamsher ...

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Pakistan approves exchange of Kashmir detainees with India

Pakistani authorities have endorsed a proposal from India on exchange of prisoners that could also cover detainees from the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistani Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Mohammad Faisal said on Wednesday that exchange of prisoners between the two neighboring countries would cover all those held by either side that fall within the ...

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Modi’s BJP party wins key election in India’s northern state

India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has notched a historic win in provincial elections in the northern state of Tripura, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s chances of securing a second term in next year’s national election. Results announced for most of the 59-seat regional chamber showed that the BJP had ...

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Officer killed in attack on Kashmir hospital, militant escapes

A high-profile imprisoned Pakistani militant escapes and a policeman is killed after two gunmen conduct a raid on a hospital where he was brought for treatment in the Indian-administered part of Kashmir. An Indian official said that the assailants opened fire in the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital in Srinagar ...

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13 million left off India’s register of citizens in Assam

India’s state of Assam has released a draft list of legal citizens living in the northeastern state amid widespread criticism from some 13 million people who have yet to be registered by the authorities. The list issued on Monday with the aim of curbing illegal immigration included only 19 million ...

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Indian troops kill top fighter, associates in Kashmir

New Delhi forces have killed a top fighter along with his associates during a gun battle in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Police said in a statement on Tuesday that Noor Mohammad Tantray, the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) group, and his comrades were shot dead outside the main city of Srinagar on Monday ...

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India arrests French journalist for filming Kashmir protests

Indian authorities have remanded in custody a French journalist for five days over illegally filming a crackdown on Muslims in the Himalayan disputed region of Kashmir. On Monday, a court in Srinagar, the main city in Indian-administered Kashmir, arrested Paul Comiti over his violation of visa rules as he allegedly ...

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Death toll from cyclone in India, Sri Lanka hits 26

Thousands took to relief camps in Sri Lanka and southern India on Saturday to escape rising floodwaters after a cyclone killed at least 26 people. Cyclone Ockhi has left 13 people dead in Sri Lanka and killed an equal number in India’s Kerala and Tamil Nadu states since Friday as ...

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India probing interfaith marriages over ‘terror threats’

Indian security officials have started interrogating interfaith couples, involving Muslims, with the declared aim of identifying potential sympathizers with the Daesh terrorist group. Indian prosecutors said the country’s Supreme Court was scheduled on Monday to hear a case according to which Daesh advocates allegedly exploited marriages with Hindu women to ...

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7 killed as police attack pro-independence fighters in Kashmir

Fierce clashes between Indian security forces and a group of pro-independence fighters in restive Indian-controlled Kashmir have left at least seven people dead. According to army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia, the shootout occurred on Saturday when soldiers cordoned off a district in the northern area of Hajin after receiving a tip-off that ...

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