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India marked a major success in its battle against polio yesterday by being removed from the World Health Organisation's list of countries plagued by the disease.

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President Barack Obama has apologised to the Afghan people for the burning of copies of the Koran at a US military base in Bagram.

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A suicide bomber blew himself up just after a funeral in northern Afghanistan, killing 19 people, including a member of the national parliament, the Interior Ministry said.

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