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Unseasonal rainstorm kills at least 30 in India

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PATNA, Apr 22 (AP) - An unseasonal storm with heavy rain and hail killed at least 30 people, injured more than a hundred and caused heavy damage to the winter wheat crop in eastern India, officials said Wednesday.

Most of the deaths were caused Tuesday night by tin roofs that were blown off of poor people's huts by winds reaching 100 kilometers per hour (60 miles per hour) in northeastern parts of Bihar state. The storm subsided before daybreak.

State administrator Rajesh Kumar said 22...
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Taliban announce their spring offensive in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Apr 22 (AP) - The Taliban said Wednesday they will start their spring offensive this week, an annual campaign in their war against the Afghan government.

In a statement emailed to media, the group said the offensive - dubbed "Azm" or perseverance in Dari and Arabic - will begin on Friday...
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Afghan deportees from Iran return to a home they barely know

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ajigul Haidary had overstayed her residents' visa in Iran and was expecting just a hefty fine when she went to renew it, she said. Instead, she was arrested as an illegal immigrant, imprisoned, held in a transit center with hundreds of other Afghans and, early this week, deported at a dusty...
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NKorea should learn from nuclear talks with Iran

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Washington, Apr 22 (AP) - North Korea should learn from the emerging nuclear deal with Iran that Washington is willing to engage its adversaries if it has a "credible" partner to negotiate with, a senior U.S. official said Tuesday.

Sydney Seiler, U.S. envoy to long-stalled six-nation talks on...
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US says ship’s mission off Yemen is to protect navigation

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Washington, Apr 22 (AP) - The White House on Tuesday played down the role of the U.S. aircraft carrier that is steaming toward the waters off Yemen, saying the USS Theodore Roosevelt will primarily be there to protect freedom of navigation.

The massive carrier will join eight other Navy ships in...
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