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Indian ex-president Kalam, 84, dead

Former President of India and rocket scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam died in Shillong in Meghalaya state, a report said. He was hospitalised in a very critical condition after he fell ill during a function at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong on Monday, television reports

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Stars express 'dismay' over Amnesty sex trade move

A host of Hollywood stars, including Oscar-winning actresses Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Emma Thompson, have lent their support to a petition demanding that Amnesty International reject a proposal to endorse the decriminalisation of the sex trade. The global human rights group

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Battle at Punjab police station ends; 9 killed

Indian police overcame a group of heavily armed men dressed in military fatigues on Monday after a 12-hour gun battle that ended in a small-town police station near the border with Pakistan, and at least nine people were killed. Police in the frontier state of Punjab killed three

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Battle at Indian police station ends, nine killed

Indian police overcame heavily armed men dressed in military fatigues on Monday after a 12-hour gun battle that left at least nine people dead at a police station in the northern frontier state of Punjab, close to the border with Pakistan. Police killed three unidentified attacke

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Six killed as militants attack police in Punjab

India tightened security on the border with Pakistan on Monday after heavily armed men stormed a police station in the northern frontier state of Punjab, killing six people and wounding several others. Armed police exchanged fire with the gunmen, who were holed up in the police s

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China stocks tumble; biggest one-day loss in 8 years

Chinese shares tumbled more than 8 per cent on Monday amid renewed fears about the outlook for the world's No 2 economy, reviving the spectre of a full-blown market crash that prompted unprecedented government intervention earlier this month. Major indexes suffered their larg

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India tightens border security after attack on police

India tightened security on its border with Pakistan on Monday after gunmen stormed a police station in the northern frontier state of Punjab, killing six people and injuring several others. The men, dressed in army uniforms, were holed up in the police station in Gurdaspur distr

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Whitney Houston's daughter dead at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of late singer Whitney Houston, died on Sunday at the age of 22, some six months after suffering irreversible brain damage in an incident at her suburban Atlanta home, her family said in a statement. Brown, whose father is R&B singer Bobby

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Gold holds above 5-1/2-year low, eye on Fed rates

Gold hovered just above its lowest level since 2010 on Monday, struggling to move higher as the market reckons the US Federal Reserve is moving closer to raising interest rates. The Fed will hold a two-day meeting that ends on Wednesday at which policymakers are likely to send mo

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Oil hits lowest since March on glut fears

Oil prices fell on Monday after closing the previous session at their lowest levels since March on renewed oversupply concerns from the United States and Iraq, although a weaker dollar helped to limit deeper losses. Investors are looking to the US Federal Reserve for direction th

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