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  Taliban Kill 5 Afghan Police Officers
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    KABUL, Afghanistan,April 23 Officials in Afghanistan say five police officers have been killed in a Taliban attack on a checkpoint in the country´s volatile south.

A spokesman for the Kandahar provincial police, Zia Durani, said Wednesday that Taliban insurgents raided the police post late the previous evening in Ghorak district. He did not elaborate.

 
  In India's Vote, Hindu Holy City Is Battleground
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    VARANASI, India, April 23:  For tens of millions of Hindus, Varanasi is a place of pilgrimage. Crowded with ancient temples and shrines, its streets jammed with believers and tourists, this city on the banks of the holy Ganges River is where the devout believe they attain instant salvation.

But in recent weeks Varanasi also has become the noisy battleground for India´s most-watched contest in its national elections: Two of the country´s most prominent politicians are facing off in a contest for the city´s sole parliamentary seat.

 
  Pakistan's Army Seeks Closure Of TV Channel
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    ISLAMABAD, April 23: The Pakistani army has filed a complaint asking the government to shut down the country´s leading private Geo News TV channel over what the military calls "false" reports, an official said Wednesday.

The development comes amid a big tussle between the powerful military and the channel, following the shooting last Saturday of the station´s popular talk show host, Hamid Mir — the latest in a wave of attacks on journalists in the country.

 
  SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 146 As Search Gets Tougher
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    JINDO, South Korea , April 23: The grim work of recovering bodies from the submerged South Korea ferry proceeded rapidly Wednesday, with the official death toll reaching 146, though a government official said divers must now rip through cabin walls to retrieve more victims.

The victims are overwhelmingly students of a single high school in Ansan, near Seoul. More than three-quarters of the 323 students are dead or missing, while nearly two-thirds of the other 153 people on board the ferry Sewol when it sank one week ago survived.

 
  Ukraine Orders New Military Operation In The East
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    KIEV, Ukraine, April 22: Ukraine´s acting president ordered security forces to resume operations in the country´s east on Tuesday after the bodies of two people allegedly abducted by pro-Russia insurgents were found and a military aircraft was reportedly hit by gunfire.

The developments — just hours after U.S. Vice President Joe Biden left the Ukrainian capital — raised fears that last week´s international agreement on easing Ukraine´s crisis was unraveling.

 
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