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She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks

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England's Sarah Taylor is the top-ranked batswoman in the world

England women ‘can’t wait’ for their chance to get at the Aussies

Form of Edwards and Taylor will be crucial factor in hosts’ chances of securing series win

Establishing peace with India will pay dividends for Pakistan

When Nawaz Sharif was elected Pakistan’s Prime Minister for a third time in May, he signalled that he would like to leave off where he started when he was last in power.

Indian Army officers lay wreaths and pay their respects over the caskets of five soldiers killed in during a cross-border attack in Kashmir, following the arrival of their remains at the Patna Airport

India's PM under pressure to cancel talks after Kashmir border attack

After five Indian troops killed, minister says 'Those in Pakistan responsible for this tragedy should not go unpunished'

LoC attack: 'Gross violation' of ceasefire as Indian soldiers killed by Pakistani troops along Kashmir

India's army has said five of its soldiers were killed when Pakistani troops opened fire at a post near the ceasefire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir today.

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3 October 2012: Retired Indian lieutenant general Kuldip Singh Brar is escorted out of the Chattrapati Shivaji International Airport after his arrival from London in Mumbai

Sikh extremists convicted of London attack that nearly killed retired Indian Army general

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Brian Sewell describes plans to commit suicide if health fails

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Caroline Quentin: ' I once said everything I'd done in my career was rubbish. It was a joke, but it has been following me around ever since'

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I paid $500,000 ransom, says US factory boss

The American business executive who had been held hostage by workers at his company’s Beijing factory has arrived back in the US after being freed in return for what he claims was a ransom of around half a million dollars.

Vidya Charan Shukla: Politician best known for his role in Indira Gandhi's crackdown

Vidya Charan Shukla, who died after being shot in an ambush by Maoist rebels, was a lifelong Indian politician who repeatedly changed parties to suit his fortunes. While he was steadfastly loyal to prime minister Indira Gandhi, his primary allegiance was to himself.

10 dead in Mumbai building collapse

Monsoon rains put pressure on poor building standards

Ricky Ponting led Australia to 48 wins in 77 Tests as captain

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting to retire from cricket, making shock Ashes return even more unlikely

38-year-old will retire from all forms of the game in October once his contracts with Surrey and Mumbai Indians has expired

Ravi Jadeja has been magnificent with the bat, the ball and in the field

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India, the World Cup holders, have been the team of the Champions Trophy. Relaxed, assertive, controlled they have won all three matches at a canter.

Subhash Chander will soon send his last message from the Central Telegraph Office in Delhi

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

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