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Bang With Friends CEO Colin Hodge claims the app now has more than 1.1 million users

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Striking and marches take place across Jammu and Kashmir region after four killed and 40 wounded

Indian policemen and paramilitary forces search for militants in residential houses after a militant attack on Indian army

Rebels kill five soldiers in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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Gunmen storm base camp and kill nine tourists on Pakistan's Nanga Parbat mountain

Police confirmed that at least nine tourists had been killed and said that the area had been sealed off

Nine tourists killed as gunmen storm mountain base camp in Pakistan

Police confirmed that at least nine tourists had been killed and said that the area had been sealed off

India lift the World Cup trophy at Lord’s in June 1983

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After 163 years India sends its final telegram -(Stop): Mobile phones and the internet have superseded the once-essential service

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Police and hospital staff shift Sanaullah Haq, a Pakistani prisoner, to an intensive care ward in a hospital in Jammu

Pakistani prisoner beaten in India in tit-for-tat assault

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India houseboat murder: 'Dutch man confesses to killing British woman in Kashmir'

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