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Pakistan-India Talks Could Lead to Renewal of Relations

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW DELHI) -- While their meeting in New Delhi Sunday lasted only 30 minutes, the conversation between Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was nonetheless significant.

It marked the first time a Pakistani head of state had visited India in seven years, and signaled the possible reboot of normalized relations between the longtime enemies.

Singh said their brief discussion touched on all bilateral issues affecting India and Pakistan, and he was "very satisfied with the outcome of talks."

In fact, the Indian prime minister was so encouraged that he promised to visit Pakistan in the near future, a prospect Zardari said would help foster better relations after 65 years of bitterness caused by the 1947 partition of the subcontinent into Islamic Pakistan and secular India.

The two countries have fought three wars during that time, while the threat of nuclear destruction has existed for decades.

For now, Pakistan and India seem more concerned with forgetting what has happened in the past and moving beyond earlier disputes to forge a lasting peace.

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Hindu Guru Sathya Sai Baba Passes Away

Bhawan Singh/The India Today Group/Getty Images(NEW DELHI, India) -- Indian Hindu spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba died Sunday at the age of 84.

Sai Baba died at a hospital located in the southern part of India, after being hospitalized since March 28 for dialysis treatment and ventilator support, according to published reports. The spiritual guru developed a huge global following in his lifetime, with many of his supporters believing that he was a human incarnation of God. Sai Baba claimed to have performed numerous miracles, however, some critics have accused him of fraudulent activities.

"The passing away of Sri Satya Saibaba is an irreparable loss to all and the nation deeply mourns his passing away," India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement. "I express my sincere condolences to the millions of his followers, disciples and well wishers."

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