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Second Indian power cut leaves 700m in the dark

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Fire destroyed a Muslim shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday

40 injured in anti-India protests after fire destroys Muslim shrine

Fire destroyed a Muslim shrine in Indian-administered Kashmir yesterday, prompting protests against an allegedly slow response by firefighters.

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The Meadow: Kashmir, Where the Terror Began, By Adrian Levy & Cathy Scott-Clark

Barack Obama has pledged to "finish the job" and bring an end to combat in Afghanistan on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death. But the authors of this book – a veteran investigative reporting duo – suggest that the job is unfinished on the part of the rebels who started a mission of international terror from one corner of the Kashmir hills 17 years ago. Bin Laden may be buried deep beneath the sea, but Adrian Levy and Cathy Scott-Clark point out that Masood Azhar, the Pakistani mujahedin leader around whom the central events of this book revolve, is still out there, preaching on YouTube.

Pakistan President visits India on low-profile trip

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Avalanche buries Pakistani soldiers

An avalanche has smashed into a Pakistani army base on a Himalayan glacier along the Indian border, burying around 100 soldiers, the military said.

US offers $10m bounty for militant group's founder

The US has offered a $10m bounty for the founder of the Pakistani militant group blamed for the attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai in 2008 that killed 166 people, a move that could complicate US-Pakistan relations at a tense time.

US offers bounty for Pakistan militant Hafiz Saeed

The United States has offered a $10 million (£6.2 million) bounty for the founder of the Pakistani militant group blamed for the 2008 attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that killed 166 people, a move that could complicate US-Pakistan relations at a tense time.

Last Night's Viewing: Kidnap and Ransom, ITV1<br />Pramface, BBC3

Kidnap and Ransom began with one of those promissory notes that thrillers are so fond of these days. You saw Trevor Eve in a rowing boat on a lake heaving a body into the waters (he didn't seem unduly worried that anyone might see him). And then a title card reading "Two Weeks Earlier" whisked us back to a bustling Indian city. It was an IOU, essentially, one crucial point being that the exact amount owed is never revealed too early. We don't know who's wrapped in the hessian sacking, or even whether Trevor had anything to do with the fact that he or she isn't in a position to complain about it. We just know that if we stick around for long enough payment will be made. And since there are only three episodes to Michael Crompton's hostage drama, that's not a huge amount to ask.

Extremist gang wanted British recruits for Pakistani terror training camps

A gang of Al Qa'ida inspired extremists were trying to recruit British radicals for terrorist training in  Pakistan, a court heard today.

Peace broken in Kashmir as forces fire on protesters

Killing by security forces outside power station could reignite separatist unrest in disputed region

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DNA testing to identify Kashmir's 'disappeared'

Hope for relatives of the 70,000 victims of the disputed region's troubled past

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Indian-administered Kashmir's first major literature festival has been cancelled after local writers and artists said it would give the false impression that basic freedoms are allowed in the troubled region.

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