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Japan, India Agree New Defense and Economic Projects

Japan and India agreed Monday to upgrade diplomatic and military ties, with Tokyo also offering low-interest loans as the two countries seek closer ties to balance China's weight in the region.

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More Than 320 Dead in India Flood Crisis

Pressure intensified Saturday to save thousands still trapped by devastating floods that have killed more than 300 in the Indian state of Kerala, triggering landslides and sending torrents sweeping through villages in the region's worst inundation crisis in a century.

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India, China to Hold Talks on Disputed Borders

India announced Wednesday it would host China for another round of talks on long-running border disputes, the first since they defused one of their worst deadlocks in decades.

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India's Top Court Says Privacy is a Fundamental Right

India's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that citizens have a constitutional right to privacy, a landmark decision that could jeopardize a government with biometric data on over a billion people.

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India's Top Court Bans Islamic Instant Divorce

India's top court on Tuesday banned a controversial Islamic practice that allows men to divorce their wives instantly, ending a long tradition that many Muslim women had fiercely opposed.

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India Rail Disaster Kills 36, Fears Toll May Rise

Rescuers struggled Sunday to pull survivors from the wreckage of a train crash which killed 36 passengers in southern India, the latest in a series of disasters on the country's creaking rail network.

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Over 100 Killed as Indian Train Derails

Emergency workers raced Sunday to find any more survivors in the mangled wreckage of an Indian express train that derailed overnight, killing over 100 people, in the worst disaster to hit the country's aging rail network in years.

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India Signs Deal to Buy 36 French Rafale Fighter Jets

India signed a formal agreement Friday to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France's Dassault for 7.9 billion euros ($8.8 billion), one of its biggest defence deals in decades.

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Saudi Vows 'Urgent' Action for Stranded Indian Workers

Saudi Arabia has promised "urgent" action to resolve the plight of some 2,500 Indian workers stranded without money in the kingdom after a plunge in oil prices sparked construction layoffs.

Labor Minister Mufarrej al-Haqbani issued orders to allow the Indian workers "to immediately transfer their kafala (sponsorship) and renew their residencies," the Okaz daily reported on Wednesday.

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Death Penalty Sought for 24 Indian Hindus over Massacre

Indian prosecutors sought the death penalty on Monday for 24 Hindus convicted over a massacre during religious riots in 2002 when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was chief minister of the state where it happened.

Judge P.B Desai heard submissions from the prosecution as well as lawyers representing the 24 convicted over the killings, before adjourning final sentencing until Thursday.

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