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

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India calls for death penalty for those accused of brutal gang rape of medical student who later died

“There are 400 people protesting and lighting candles. In the new year, we want a revolution”

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US heading over fiscal cliff, says Senate leader Harry Reid

Almost £370bn of tax rises and spending cuts will to come into force on 1 January if a deal is not agreed

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State win opens India up to Hindu hardliner

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Demonstrators near India Gate in Delhi yesterday demand capital punishment for rapists

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Protesters demand extra protection for women as suspect admits: I should be hanged

Plans to cut postal deliveries to five days a week have led to protests

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As negotiations continue between the Senate and the House on a possible year-end deal to help the financially struggling US Postal Service, a small band of protesters launched its second hunger strike in six months on Tuesday.

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