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Indian rapist guru convicted of murder
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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, in prison for abusing followers, is found guilty of murdering a journalist. An Indian guru who is already in jail for rape has been convicted for the 2002 murder of a journalist. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda sect, was given a 20-year sentence in 20 [...]
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Secrets of ancient ‘mystery couple’ revealed
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We get a glimpse into the story behind a rare 'couple's grave' from the ancient Harappan civilisation. About 4,500 years ago, a man and a woman were buried in a grave together in a sprawling cemetery on the outskirts of a thriving settlement of one of the world's earliest urban civilisations. In 201 [...]
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India’s Supreme Court reinstates CBI chief removed by government
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Alok Verma's return is seen as a setback to the government that has been accused of undermining the agency. India;s Supreme Court has reinstated the ousted director of the country's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in a setback to the government that has been accused of undermining the agency. [...]
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Australia v India: Virat Kohli praises team after first Test series win in Australia
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Virat Kohli says captaining India to their first Test series victory in Australia is the "proudest" moment of his career. Virat Kohli says captaining India to their first Test series victory in Australia is the "proudest" moment of his career. The 2-1 series win was confirmed when the fifth day of t [...]
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The ‘dirty’ village that wants a new name
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Some 50 villages with strange names are trying to convince the government to grant them a new ones. Across the northern Indian states of Haryana and Rajasthan, many villages with "embarrassing" names have been pushing to get them changed for years now. BBC Punjabi's Arvind Chhabra talks to some of t [...]
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AFC Asian Cup 2019: UAE’s Ahmed Khalil dreams of winning the trophy
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Hosts United Arab Emirates's (UAE) star forward Ahmed Khalil has said that the nation is dreaming of seeing their team on the podium at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 come February 1. UAE will open their campaign against Bahrain in the tournament opener on January 5 and will also face Southeast Asian giants [...]
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Russian doping: Head of key Wada panel defends waiting to decide on next action
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The head of a key Wada panel defends waiting until mid-January before deciding what to do after Russia missed a deadline to hand over data from its Moscow laboratory. The head of a key World Anti-Doping Agency panel has defended waiting until mid-January before deciding what action to take after Rus [...]
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Meanwhile in Russia: Ice swimmers cheerfully plunge into chilly Lake Baikal (VIDEO)
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Sub-zero temperatures are no deterrent for a team of hardy Russian ice swimmers, who donned festive attire to jump into frosty Lake Baikal on Tuesday. The group, seasonally clad in Santa hats, beards and Christmas robes, jogged through the snow in only their shorts to the banks of Lake Baikal in Irk [...]
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31 bodies pulled from debris of building partially destroyed by house blast in Russia
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More bodies were recovered from the rubble of a 10-story residential building in Russia’s Urals, partially destroyed on New Year’s Eve by an explosion. The official death toll has now jumped to 31. More bodies were recovered from the rubble of a 10-story residential building in Russia’s Urals, [...]
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India responds to Trump’s ‘Afghan library’ dig at PM Modi
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Trump suggested India's contribution to development in Afghanistan was minimal, compared with that of the US. India has rejected US President Donald Trump's comments mocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi for funding a library in Afghanistan, saying New Delhi has provided $3bn in development assistanc [...]
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Russian gas explosion death toll hits 39 as rescue operation ends
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Russian official says no more bodies expected to be found at collapsed block of flats in city of Magnitogorsk. The number of dead from a New Year's Eve gas explosion in a Russian apartment block jumped to 39 on Thursday as rescuers finished searching for bodies in the rubble of the partially collaps [...]
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Conservative Hindu groups clash with police over women at temple
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Dozens of police officers injured while trying to control the protesters, who damaged state-run buses in Kerala. Clashes have broken out in southern India for a second day as Hindu hardliners sought to enforce a general shutdown in protest against two women entering the Sabarimala temple. A day afte [...]
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Women take historic step into India shrine
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The Hindu temple in Kerala had previously been closed to women between the ages of 10 and 50. Two Indian women have made history by entering a prominent Hindu shrine in the southern state of Kerala, following months of protests against their entry. The Sabarimala temple was historically closed to wo [...]
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India state paralysed amid temple protest
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Protests erupted after two women defied a religious ban to enter the Sabarimala temple. Violent protests have paralysed the southern Indian state of Kerala after two women made history by entering a prominent Hindu temple. Schools across the state are closed and public transport too has been suspend [...]
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Three convicted over BBC reporter’s killing
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An Afghan tribunal sentences one man to death and two others to jail for involvement in Ahmad Shah's murder. A special Afghan tribunal has convicted three men of being involved in the murder of BBC journalist Ahmad Shah, a spokesman for the attorney general's office has told the BBC. Mr Shah, who wo [...]
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