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A rare pink diamond sold at auction today for a record £14.86 million.

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Militants launched a gun and bomb attack on the anti-terrorist police headquarters in Pakistan's largest city yesterday, killing at least 26 people and injuring more than 100 others. Six armed men fought a gun battle with police before a truck filled with explosive rammed the headquarters of Karachi's Criminal Investigation Department, detonated and levelled the building.

Obama and sales team hit the jackpot in India

Barack Obama flew into India yesterday for the start of what has been described as a trade and investment shopping trip and immediately announced the sealing of $10bn of deals to help the floundering US economy.

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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.

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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.

47 killed in Indian rains and landslides

Heavy monsoon rains and landslides swept the hilly areas of northern India over the weekend, killing at least 47 people, officials said today.

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Police in Kashmir kill 18 at Koran-burning protest

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Kashmiri star will finally get to the ball

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