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India's Modi vows to rid Kashmir of terror and hold local elections

PM addresses nation days after his government revoked region's special status

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government's decision to end the special status granted to Kashmir -- a long-standing flashpoint in relations with neighboring Pakistan -- will rid the restive region of decades of terrorism.

"We have taken a historic decision," Modi said in a televised address to the nation.

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