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Al-Qaeda affiliate suspected in Delhi briefcase blast

Authorities said the Harkat-ul-Jihad Islami militant group had sent an email claiming responsibility for the blast that killed at least 10.

Briefcase bomb in New Delhi kills nine

A powerful bomb placed in a briefcase outside the High Court in New Delhi killed at least nine people and injured 45 on Wednesday.

India reels after triple terror blasts rip through Mumbai

Three terrorist bomb attacks have killed at least 20 and injured scores of people in Mumbai, threatening to destabilise peace talks with Pakistan.

Indian anti-graft yoga guru begins fast to death

India's most famous yoga guru began a mass fast to the death on Saturday to demand reforms including the death penalty for corrupt officials.

Games athletes eye medals as clean-up race nears end

Hundreds of athletes arrived in New Delhi for the scandal-hit Commonwealth Games on Tuesday, setting their sights on winning medals.

Australia Olympic chief says India not fit for Games

The Commonwealth Games should never have been awarded to India, Australia's Olympic chief said on Friday as more top athletes pulled out.

Now the Obama party is over, Turkey needs to deliver

Barack Obama's call on Turkey to help resolve conflicts from the Middle East to Afghanistan is an endorsement the secular democracy has long sought.

Obama praises Islam, calls for Mideast peace

Barack Obama ended his trip to Muslim Turkey on Tuesday by calling for peace and dialogue with Islam and the creation of a Palestinian state.

Turkey pulls troops out of northern Iraq

All Turkish troops involved in a major ground offensive against Kurdish rebels inside northern Iraq have withdrawn to Turkey, Iraq's foreign minister said on Friday. Turkey sent thousands of troops into remote, mountainous northern Iraq on February 21 to crush rebels of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party.

Bush calls for quick end to Turkish Iraq operation

United States President George Bush urged Nato ally Turkey on Thursday to end its offensive against Kurdish PKK rebels in northern Iraq quickly, but Washington said it would not threaten to withdraw intelligence help. The United States fears prolonging the Turkish operation, which began on February 21, will undermine stability in the region.

Turkey army launches land offensive into Iraq

Turkish troops have crossed into northern Iraq in their hunt for Kurdish PKK guerrillas, the military said on Friday, but the United States and the European Union urged Ankara to keep the campaign limited. The White House said the US had been informed in advance of the incursion and urged Turkey to limit the operation to ''precise targeting'' of the PKK rebels.

Turkey’s Erdogan faces rocky road after big win

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan celebrated on Monday a decisive poll victory but now faces challenges over delayed presidential elections, Kurdish separatist violence and Ankara's troubled European Union bid. His AK Party boosted its share of the vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections to 46,5%

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