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English Defence League backers revealed

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India: US 'briefed about Kashmir torture'

US officials allegedly had evidence of widespread torture by Indian police and security forces, and were secretly briefed by a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the systematic abuse of prisoners in Kashmir detention centres, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Obama and sales team hit the jackpot in India

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Arundhati Roy's house attacked

Dozens of right-wing activists attacked and vandalised the house of Booker prize-winning writer Arundhati Roy over comments she made suggesting Kashmir had never been an integral part of India.

Arundhati Roy called a traitor for Kashmiri rights plea

The Booker prize-winning writer Arundhati Roy has made a strident defence of comments she made over the disputed territory of Kashmir after the Indian government threatened to arrest her for sedition.

Gareth Price: This will show if anything has been learnt from past troubles

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Children dead after van's Pakistan river plunge

A van carrying about 30 school children in Pakistan-held Kashmir plunged into a river and most of the pupils are missing and feared dead, police said.

Indian MPs meet jailed separatists

Indian politicians met detained Kashmiri separatists yesterday, despite a rebel boycott of government-sponsored talks to end the biggest independence uprising in Kashmir in over 20 years, but no breakthrough was expected.

Granta 112: Pakistan, Edited by John Freeman

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