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    Ex-hostage says Taliban more honest than US army

    US army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who last week pleaded guilty on Monday to deserting his post in Afghanistan in 2009, has said his captors were more “honest” with him than the army has been

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    Iraq orders arrest of Kurdish vice president

    An Iraqi court has issued an arrest warrant for the vice president of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), accusing him of provocation against the Arab country’s armed forces.

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    Iraq court orders arrest of Kurd independence vote organisers

    An Iraqi court has ordered the arrest of members of the Kurdistan regional Government who organised a referendum on the region's independence last month, according to reports.

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    Will release Hafiz Saeed if Pak govt fails to submit evidence: Lahore High Court

    Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed’s house arrest will be set aside if the Pakistan government does not submit evidence against him, a top court in Lahore has warned.

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    Iraq imposes new measures on Kurdistan over referendum

    Iraq has filed a lawsuit through the office of the public prosecutor to put those officials on trial who arranged the independence referendum on September 25 despite the opposition of the Iraqi government.

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    Gujarat riots: Indian court commutes death sentences of 11 Muslim men

    The Gujarat High Court on Monday commuted the death sentence of 11 convicts to life imprisonment in the 2002 Godhra train burning case. It has, however, upheld the life sentence to 20 other convicts.

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    Indian Court rejects last appeal in 2002 riot case against Modi

    India's Gujarat High Court on Thursday rejected Zakia Jafri's plea for an investigation and action against Narendra Modi — the then chief minister and current prime minister— and 57 others.

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    Turkish court finds 42 soldiers guilty of trying to kill Erdogan

     A Turkish court on Wednesday found 42 former soldiers guilty of trying to kill President Tayyip Erdogan during last year’s failed coup, and handed most of them life sentences in the highest profile case related.

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    Erdogan sees Israel’s hand in Iraqi Kurdistan vote

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saturday that Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency played a role in Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote, proved by the waving of Israeli flags during celebrations .

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    Iran, Iraq to hold military drills on Kurdistan border

    A senior Iranian military commander says Iran and Iraq will hold joint military exercises along their border with the Kurdistan region in the coming days in line with Tehran's policy to support Baghdad’s.

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    Iraq's top cleric Sistani opposes secession of Kurdish region

    Iraq's top Shiite cleric opposes the secession of the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq, his representative Ahmed al-Safi said in a Friday sermon on his behalf in the holy city of Karbala, south of Baghdad.

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    Erdogan threatens ties with Israel over support for Kurds

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said Israel should “review” its support for Iraqi Kurdish independence, warning the Jewish state’s support for the bid could negatively affect diplomatic.

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    Tensions rise as Iraq Kurds defy Baghdad in independence vote

    Iraq’s Kurds defied widespread opposition to vote on Monday in a historic independence referendum, sparking fresh tensions with Baghdad and threats from Turkey while Washington warned it would “increase instability”.

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    Turkey may impose bans on Iraqi Kurdistan if vote held

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region with sanctions in case it goes ahead with plans to hold an independence referendum.

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    Some Rohingya are a serious security threat, Indian govt tells top court

    The Indian government told the country's top court on Monday that some of the Muslim Rohingya who have fled Myanmar are a serious security threat as it sought to justify moves to deport up to 40,000 of them.

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    India calls Rohingya refugees ‘threat to national security’

    India’s top court is hearing a challenge to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government’s decision to deport Rohingya Muslims, filed by two Rohingyas living in Delhi who fled their village in Myanmar’s.

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    Saudi government funded a ‘dry run’ for 9/11: Report

    As reported by the New York Post, the embassy might have used two of its employees for the so-called dry run before a dozen hijackers flew two planes into the Twin Towers, killing nearly 3,000 people in 2001.

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    India: Five sentenced in 1993 Mumbai blast case

    A special TADA court had in June convicted six persons, including mastermind Mustafa Dossa and Salem, in the serial blasts case, 24 years after the attacks left 257 people dead in the country's financial capital.

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    After deadly protests, Indian states in lockdown for 'godman's' rape sentencing

    India is deploying thousands of riot police and shutting down internet services in two northern states, as it prepares for the sentencing on Monday of a self-styled ’godman’ whose followers went on the rampage.

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    Indian guru sentenced to 20 years in jail for rape

    An Indian court on Monday sentenced Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh ‘Insan’ 10 years of imprisonment on Monday in the makeshift court in the Sunaira district jail in Rohtak where rape.

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    India's top court says privacy is a fundamental right in landmark verdict

    India's Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy, a landmark verdict that could have wide-reaching implications for the government's flagship biometric programme.

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    Gurmeet Ram Rahim Verdict: Haryana, Punjab on Edge

    Hundreds of thousands of followers of a controversial Sikh religious leader are pouring into the tri-city (Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali) ahead of the August 25 verdict in the rape case against

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    Court grants Indian woman divorce over lack of toilet

    An Indian woman who had no access to a toilet in her home has been granted permission to divorce her husband by a family court.The court in Rajasthan ruled on the case in August 18.

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    India's top court suspends Muslim divorce law

    India's Supreme Court on Tuesday put a six-month stay on the practice of triple talaq, while asking Parliament to bring in a legislation, which it hoped will take into account the concerns of Muslim bodies and Sharialaw.

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