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Reuters South Asia News Highlights 1200 GMT July 28

 ISLAMABAD - Pakistani security forces fighting Taliban
militants in and around the Swat Valley have rescued nearly a
dozen boys brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers, according
to officials.
 A senior security officer in North West Frontier Province
said nine boys were found during raids, while two more had
voluntarily surrendered, and a army commander in Swat spoke of
more being handed over by their families.
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 ISLAMABAD - India's launch of its first nuclear-powered
submarine capable of carrying ballistic missiles is
"detrimental to regional peace and stability", Pakistan's
foreign ministry said, vowing to safeguard its own security.
 India launched the submarine on Sunday as part of a $2.9
billion plan to build five submarines. The vessel, Arihant,
will undergo sea trials before being formally inducted in 2015.
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 SRINAGAR, India - The chief minister of India's Jammu and
Kashmir state, Omar Abdullah, resigned after an opposition
lawmaker accused him of involvement in a sex scandal.
An angry Abdullah denied the allegation but said he couldn't
continue in office until the issue was resolved.
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 KABUL - Almost as many donkeys as trucks will be used to
take ballot papers to remote areas of Afghanistan for next
month's presidential election, which the U.N. chief envoy said
was the most complicated he'd ever seen.
 U.N. Special Representative Kai Eide visited a massive
warehouse in Kabul where Afghanistan's Independent Election
Commission (IEC) is making final preparations for the huge
logistical task presented by the Aug. 20 presidential poll.
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 NEW DELHI - India will unveil its first solar power target
as soon as September, pledging to boost output from near zero
to 20 gigawatts (GW) by 2020 as it firms up its national plan
to fight global warming, draft documents show.
 The target, which would help India close the gap on solar
front-runners like China, is part of an ambitious $19 billion,
30-year scheme that could could increase India's leverage in
international talks for a new U.N. climate pact in December,
one of several measures meant to help cut emissions.
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 KATHMANDU - Nepal, under increasing pressure from China,
was cracking down on Tibetan refugees despite centuries of
shared culture with Tibet, the International Campaign for Tibet
(ICT) said.
 Nepali authorities have regularly broken up protests by
Tibetan exiles and arrested them for protesting against China's
crackdown on demonstrations in Tibet.
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 DHAKA - Bangladesh authorities have found traces of a toxic
chemical in a paracetamol syrup produced by a local drug firm
that is suspected to have killed at least 25 children in the
past few weeks.
 "We conducted two tests on the paracetamol syrup and each
time we found diethyl glycol. It's a toxic chemical used in the
textile and leather dyeing factories," Health Minister A.F.M
Ruhul Haque told reporters on Tuesday.
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 DHAKA - Torrential rain flooded parts of the Bangladesh
capital and police said five people, mostly children, were
drowned or electrocuted in swamped homes.
 At least 12 people were killed in floods and landslides
triggered by monsoon rains in Nepal, a senior home ministry
official said.
 (Compiled by Carl Bagh)

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